The sermon within the African American, Christian tradition is the product of both the prophet and the audience. The prophet is part of a larger, distinctive community which fails to be fettered by time and
The African American church tradition employs an effective and unique mode of homiletical discourse esteemed across generations and richly codified in such a way that engagement is accessed exclusively by insiders. The prophetic pronouncement moves
Following Brueggemann’s model, it is easy to see the Black, Christian tradition as a “subcommunity wherein resides an active practice of hope, a community that knows about promises yet to be kept, promises that stand
This is one part of an eight part series. Read the most recent here: The Prophet, Psychology, and Memory: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The Prophet, Mythology, and Memory: The Legacy of Martin
Another alternative to the myth of modernity in the black church involved their stubborn refusal to rely on anachronistic psychological and therapeutic interpretations of Jesus as heavily as the white, liberal churches did. Jesus provided
The prophetic community is positioned within a larger political economy and possesses its own distinctive memory—a memory which maneuvers its members into a recognized, mutual mythology, effectively causing them to remember the past and readily
Until recently, biographers and historians have focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. as a liberal theologian or social activist, at times losing sight of the black preaching tradition as a formative factor in King’s ministry.
The prophet of the speaking God fashions worlds with words. With his discourse he defies the deadening dominance of the royal consciousness of his age. With his exposition he exposes the avaricious adulteries of atrophied