Our Scripture verse for today is John 6:35 which reads: "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."
Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is from Lee June, a professor at Michigan State University and the author of the book, "Yet With A Steady Beat: The Black Church through a Psychological and Biblical Lens." He said, "At offering time, the technique of announcing amounts is used [in the black church]. Sometimes the appeal is for people to match the pastor in giving a certain amount that is stated from the pulpit. Thus, the ‘real’ Christian is the one who can match the pastor. Another technique is to ask for a certain amount based on one's ‘status’ in the church. For example, pastors may be asked to give one amount, ‘ministers’ another, deacons another, and so on. All of these, while they may be effective in securing the desired offering, violate basic scriptural principles and more than often induce guilt."
In this podcast, we are using as our texts: From Slavery to Freedom, by John Hope Franklin, The Negro Church in America by E. Franklin Frazier, and The Black Church In The U.S. by William A. Banks.
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