Valley Forge, PA (BlackNews.com) — A new Judson Press book celebrating the vitality, gifts, and strength of the black church stands in sharp contrast to the death knell sounded by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. in his recent Huffington Post essay titled “The Black Church is Dead.”
In “What We Love about the Black Church: Can We Get a Witness?,” William H. Crouch and Joel C. Gregory identify twelve aspects of the black church that highlight its impact and contributions. What makes this resource particularly unique and compelling is that Crouch and Gregory are white pastors and academics who have discovered the benefits of being in the black church without being of it.
More than two dozen leaders of the African American church contributed to What We Love about the Black Church, including: Sheila M. Bailey, Bryan L. Carter, Cynthia L. Hale, Donald Hilliard Jr., Major Lewis Jemison, A. Louis Patterson Jr., Melvin V. Wade Sr., Ralph Douglas West Sr., J. Alfred Smith Sr. (foreword), Rhoda McKinney-Jones (afterword)
Their contributions and endorsements recognize the book’s passion for and testimony to both the past and future of the black church, and celebrate its potential to bridge the racial divide and cultural chasm that have segregated the Body of Christ in this country.
“What We Love about the Black Church” will be available in early May 2010 and can be ordered by calling 800-458-3766 or visiting www.judsonpress.com