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  • Reprint of ex-slave's book opens 'underexplored vista'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Reprinting a theology book by a former slave "offers a window" into the "underexplored vista" of African-American theology, says the Southern Baptist Convention officer who has rediscovered the work.

    Originally published in 1890 by Charles Octavius Boothe, "Plain Theology for Plain People" was reprinted last year by Lexham Press at the prompting of Walter Strickland, SBC first vice president and associate vice president for Kingdom diversity initiatives at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Black history is American history

    by Curtis Woods, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Black History Month, Curtis Woods writes, can help Christians gain a "view of God's providence and grace" by listening "to one another's story of pain and promise without contempt." Read More

  • Black So. Bapt. history said to be 'at a crossroads'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1845, at the Southern Baptist Convention's founding, approximately 1 in 3 Southern Baptist church members was African American. By 1900, there were virtually no black Southern Baptists. Today, about 1 in 5 Southern Baptist churches is predominantly non-Anglo, including some 3,400 predominately African American congregations.

    The story behind those numbers, historians say, is a remarkable narrative of slavery, sin, emancipation, struggle and God's grace -- and a challenge for the SBC to do more in terms of racial reconciliation. Read More

  • Black history & the SBC: Need for more study noted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Black History Month gives Americans a yearly spotlight on such key figures in U.S. history as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Few Southern Baptists, however, have considered key African American figures in SBC history like Garland Offutt, Emmanuel McCall and Fred Luter -- the first African Americans respectively to attend a Southern Baptist Convention seminary, serve on an SBC entity staff and be elected SBC president. Read More