Love Justice, Read Widely

Seeing life and faith through the eyes of African American authors

Mobile Ed: CS251 History and Theology of the African American Church (7 hour course)

Carl Ellis is uniquely qualified to teach about Christianity in an African American context and his depth of experience makes him an ideal guide for relating how theology developed over time within the African American church. For thousands of years, God has mightily used many Africans to advance his kingdom. In this course, Ellis delves into Scripture, church history, and describes important movements like African American missions during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the civil rights movement, and analyzes important events happening today.

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Plain Theology for Plain People

“Before the charge ‘know thyself’ ought to come the far greater charge, ‘know thy God.’” In this short textbook first published in 1890, Charles Octavius Boothe simply and elegantly lays out the basics of theology for everyday people. A Baptist pastor born into slavery, Boothe brought the heights of academic theology to his congregants, so that they might be filled with good things. Walter R. Strickland II reintroduces this forgotten masterpiece.

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Prophetic Rage: A Postcolonial Theology of Liberation

In this book, Johnny Bernard Hill argues that prophetic rage, or righteous anger, is a necessary response to our present culture of imperialism and nihilism. The most powerful way to resist meaninglessness, he says, is refusing to accept the realities of structural injustice, such as poverty, escalating militarism, genocide, and housing discrimination. Hill’s Prophetic Rage is interdisciplinary, integrating art, music, and literature with theology. It is constructive, passionate, and provocative. Hill weaves through a myriad of creative and prophetic voices of protest—from Jesus to W. E. B. DuBois, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and President Barack Obama—as well as multiple approaches, including liberation theology and black religion, to reflect theologically on the nature of liberation, justice, and hope on contemporary culture.

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Bread for the Resistance: 40 Devotions for Justice People

Sometimes you get tired, doing this thing we call justice. Making the case, fighting the fight, having to explain again and again why it matters. You feel burned out or disillusioned. Sometimes you just need a word from the Lord. In these daily devotions, Donna Barber offers life-giving words of renewal and hope for those engaged in the resistance to injustice. When you face adversity, you can take courage. When you grapple with discouragement, you can find hope. When your legs are tired from marching and your knees bruised from kneeling, you can experience rest and healing.

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Rise Above: My 500 Days of Faith, Forgiveness, and Fighting Back

Rise Above will give you a raw, honest look into Steve Zakuani’s story. Let him coach you on how to face tragedy with a positive mindset, how to set goals that are bigger than your adversity, how to remain hopeful in your darkest moments, and how to help others in your life overcome their own greatest challenges.

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Witness

This detailed history of the famous Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City, begins with its organization in 1809 and continues through its relocations, its famous senior pastors, and its many crises and triumphs, up to the present. Considered the largest Protestant congregation in the United States during the pre-megachurch 1930s, this church plays a very important part in the history of New York City.

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Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspectives

The Christian doctrines of original sin and the historical fall of Adam have been in retreat since the rise of modernity. Here leading scholars present a theological, biblical, and scientific case for the necessity of belief in original sin and the historicity of Adam and Eve in response to contemporary challenges. Representing various Christian traditions, the contributors shed light on recent debates as they present the traditional doctrine of original sin as orthodox, evangelical, and the most theologically mature and cogent synthesis of the biblical witness. This fresh look at a heated topic in evangelical circles will appeal to professors, students, and readers interested in the creation-evolution debate.

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After: Finding Your Passion and Purpose for What’s Next

You’ve survived the worst; now the best is yet to come. I’m excited about what happens after. If you are too, this is your kind of book. Read it and your life will never be the same.

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The Books of Haggai and Malachi (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament | NICOT)

In this commentary on Haggai and Malachi, Mignon Jacobs offers clear and insightful interpretation of the text while highlighting themes that are especially relevant to contemporary concerns, such as honoring or dishonoring God, the responsibilities of leaders, questioning God, and hearing the prophetic word in challenging times. Engaging with the latest scholarship, Jacobs provides a thorough introduction to both prophets in which she addresses questions of authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology, followed by a new translation of the biblical text and a verse-by-verse commentary. With intertextual discussions about key aspects of the text and attention to competing perspectives, this commentary offers a rich new interpretation of Haggai and Malachi.

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Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win

According to recent surveys and studies, race relations in the United States are the worst they've been since the 1990s, and many would argue that life for most minorities has not significantly improved since the civil rights era of the 1960s. For so many, the dream of true equality has dissolved into a reality of prejudice, fear, and violence as a way of life. John M. Perkins has been there from the beginning. Raised by his sharecropping grandparents, Perkins fled Mississippi in 1947

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Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can--and Should--Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids

Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can--and Should--Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids

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Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope

Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope

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Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice

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I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation

I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation

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Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All

Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope for Us All

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