Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present



Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present

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"Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present" . Ed. Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas. Foreword Gardner C. Taylor. New York: Norton, 2010. 976 pp.

Table of contents

The beginnings of African American preaching : 1750-1789. Letter upon the doctrine of the extent of the atonement of Christ / John Chavis ; An address : delivered before the Coloured Population of Providence Rhode Island on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1828 / Hosea Easton ; Universal salvation : a very eminent doctrine ; with some account of the life and character of its author, a sermon delivered at Rutland, West Parish in the year 1805, by Lemuel Haynes / Lemuel Haynes ; Excerpts of sermons by John Jea / John Jea ; A Thanksgiving sermon, preached January 1, 1808, in St. Thomas's or the African Episcopal, Church, Philadelphia : on account of the abolition of the African slave trade, on that day, by the Congress of the United States / Absolom Jones ; A sermon preached on the 24th day of June 1789, being the festival of St. John the Baptist, at the request of the Right Worshipful the Grand Master Prince Hall, and the rest of the brethren of the African Lodge of the Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons in Boston / John Marrant ; The funeral sermon of Mary Henery / George White -- Social and religious emancipation : 1790-1865. An address to those who keep slaves and approve the practice / Richard Allen ; The shadow of a great rock in a weary land ; The river of the water of life / Brother Carper ; The destined superiority of the Negro / Alexander Crummell ; What, to the slave, is the Fourth of July? / Frederick Douglass ; Receiving the call to preach / Jarena Lee ; On Christian marriage / Zilpha Elaw ; Women in the gospel ; A threshing sermon ; A world to my Christian sisters ; Christian perfection / Julia A.J. Foote ; An address on the occasion of the abolition of slavery in New-York / Nathaniel Paul ; The position and duties of the colored people / James William Charles Pennington ; Why sit ye here and die? ; What if I am a woman? / Maria W. Stewart ; Keeping the thing going while things are stirring ; Ar'n't I a woman? / Sojourner Truth -- From Reconstruction to deconstruction : 1866-1917. Behold the man / Harriet A. Cole Baker ; All we ask is equal laws, equal legislation, and equal rights / Richard Harvey Cain ; A gospel church / Richard R. DeBaptiste ; Address to twenty-third general conference of the AME Church / William Benjamin Derrick ; The duty of Baptists to home missions / Elijah John Fisher ; A gospel message of hope / Garfield T. Haywood ; The song of believers / Lucius H. Holsey ; De sun do move / John Jasper ; Speech delivered in Liberty Hall / Emily Christmas Kinch ; Emancipation oration / Emanuel King Love ; Understanding the times and knowing what to do / William Henry Moses ; Presidential address to the National Baptist Convention / Elias Camp Morris ; Speech before the Ohio Baptist Pastor's Union ; The crime of buying and selling votes / James Preston Poindexter ; Education and the race problem / Joseph Charles Price ; If we work six days, the seventh is the Sabbath / Mary Lena Lewis Tate ; God is a Negro / Henry McNeal Turner ; The Fugitive Slave Bill speech ; Character / Samuel Ringgold Ward -- World wars, freedom struggles, and renaissance : 1918-1950. Receive ye the holy ghost / William Joseph Seymour ; Divine warning ; Excerpts from The Divine Instructions from the Holy Prophet / Noble Drew Ali ; Who is your God / Calvin P. Dixon ; Goodbye to chain stores, Part I ; Pay your policy man ; Hell bound express train / J.M. Gates ; The wounds of Jesus / Zora Neale Hurston ; Transfigured moments / Vernon Johns ; The creation / James Weldon Johnson ; Work, business, and religion / Mordecai Wyatt Johnson ; The battle royal : a contention for the scriptures / Charles Harrison Mason ; The black diamond express to hell, Parts 1-6 / A.W. Nix ; The American tower of Babel, or, confusion of tongues over the Negro / Reverdy Cassius Ransome ; Personal purity : advice to young people and mothers, secrets kept from children, facts for boys and girls 12 to 20 years / Lizzie Woods Robinson ; Heaven's Christmas tree / Charles Albert Tindley ; God ahead for 1926 / Lacey Kirk Williams -- Civil rights and direct action : 1951-1968. Handicapped lives / William Holmes Borders ; The measure of a man / Timothy Moses Chambers ; The eagle stirreth her nest / C.L. (Clarence LaVaughn) Franklin ; I've been to the mountaintop / Martin Luther King Jr. ; The ballot or the bullet / Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) ; Great God our king / Joseph Harrison Jackson ; Eulogy for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. / Benjamin Elijah Mays ; Days of waiting / Jesse Jai McNeil ; Lord, teach us to pray / Howard Thurman -- From Black to African American and beyond : 1969 to the present. Chaos or creation / Charles Gilchrist Adams ; An uneven hand / Charles E. Booth ; Being a black Catholic / Thea Bowman ; Prophets for a new day / Katie Geneva Cannon ; The worms got him / Caesar Arthur Walker Clark Sr. ; Dear enemy, I love you / Johnnie Colemon ; "Why are you here?" / Claudette A. Copeland ; Curse not the rich / Frederick Joseph Eikerenkoetter ; Toward a more perfect union / Louis Farrakhan ; Spiritual renewal : good news for the poor / James Alexander Forbes Jr. ; Outer turmoil, inner strength / Peter J. Gomes ; Between the wilderness and a cliff / Prathia L. Hall ; A circle of concern / Barbara C. Harris ; What you have when you have Jesus / Edward Victor Hill ; Keep hope alive / Jesse Louis Jackson ; The gathering of America / Thomas Dexter (T. D.) Jakes ; Dealing with disciples / Miles Jerome Jones ; An anatomy of forgiveness / William Augustus Jones Jr. ; Keep the pressure on / Vashti Murphy McKenzie ; All flesh is eligible? / Ella Muriel Pearson Mitchell ; The enemy inside your mind / Paul S. Morton Sr. ; A prophetic witness in an anti-prophetic age / Otis Moss Jr. ; Male and female He created them / Anna Pauli Murray ; God's cure for racism and loneliness / Gilbert E. Patterson ; How God sees the races / Frederick K.C. Price ; The bottom line / Samuel DeWitt Proctor ; The testimony of a towel / Sandy F. Ray ; The death of hope / Frederick G. Sampson II ; Heavenly grace and human response / Manuel L. Scott Sr. ; His own clothes / Gardner Calvin Taylor ; Not...yet / Renita Weems ; God at the midnight ball / Jasper Williams Jr. ; The day of Jerusalem's fall / Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. -- Whooping : the musicality of African American preaching past and present / by Martha Simmons -- Other notable preachers

Reviews and notices of anthology

• George, Lynell. "Los Angeles Times" 26 Dec. 2010. Web .
• Raz, Guy. "Many Black Social Movements Began in the Pulpit." "All Things Considered" 15 Aug. 2010. NPR (National Public Radio). Web .
• Sundquist, Eric J. "Black Voices from the Pulpit." "Wall Street Journal" 26 Aug. 2010. Web . [subscription required]

See also

• Thomas, Frank. "Black Preaching Changed the Course of This Country. What Creates That Style?" "Washington Post" 9 May 2016. Web .

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