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Thought for the Week: November 1 – November 7

Outside the Comfort Zone

God doesn’t want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.

2 Timothy 1:7 MSG

To Whoop or Not to Whoop?

An e-mail that’s been circulating in the past couple of weeks links to a story from CNN’s “Black in America” series. The story deals with “whooping” in the historically black church, a preaching style with a rousing and emotional conclusion that’s part song and part sermon.

Whooping is rooted in the African tradition of call and response, with the leader or storyteller making an exuberant point and the hearers responding with equal exuberance.

Results of Organizational Official Board Meeting

At tonight’s Organizational Official Board Meeting, the church completed its Organization for the 2010-2011 Conference Year. After opening with a hymn and prayer from Rev. Rita Bass, Senior Pastor Rev. Joseph Darby welcomed everyone and explained the role and duties of the church’s Official Board as per The Doctrine and Discipline of the African Methodist …

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Thought for the Week: October 25 – October 31

The Beauty That Surrounds Us

God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.

Psalm 19:1 MSG

Black Preaching: Going Back to the Old Landmark

A friend of mine at The Post and Courier, who knew that I’d get restless while recovering from surgery, gave me some “homework” – to read “Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African-American Sermons, 1750 to the Present” and do a book review. In addition to keeping me occupied, the book was enlightening and …

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Class Leaders’ Day

The Third Sunday in October is Class Leaders’ Day at Morris Brown. By tradition, members of each Class sit with their Class Leaders during the worship service. That tradition, however, only scratches the surface of a formative Methodist practice. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, was faced with the problem of a chapel …

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