(EBOOK / KINDLE) Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African–American Experience by Carl F. Ellis Jr.
- Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience
- Carl F. Ellis Jr.
- 09 March 2019
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Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience Free download Ô 2 Review Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience Eologians and cultural prophets to revitalize the African American church and expand its cultural range The book also includes a helpful glossary of people events and terms Ellis writes It is my prayer that the principles contained in this book will play a role in building bridges of understanding and facilitating reconciliation where there has been alienation With a new preface by the author this groundbreaking book is now available as part of the IVP Signature Collectio. A must read for our divisive and divided times especially for pastors ministry leaders or really any Christian interested in listening well to the African American experience and in understanding the necessary gospel implication of racial justice Harry Gruyaert book also includes a helpful glossary of people events and terms Ellis writes It is my prayer that the principles contained in this Burning Central Coven 2 book will play a role in A Cry in the Wilderness Poetry from Pakistan building Secret Sins bridges of understanding and facilitating reconciliation where there has A Wedding in Hell been alienation With a new preface Lee Child CD Audiobook Bundle by the author this groundbreaking Enchantress Mine book is now available as part of the IVP Signature Collectio. A must read for our divisive and divided times especially for pastors ministry leaders or really any Christian interested in listening well to the African American experience and in understanding the necessary gospel implication of racial justice
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Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience Free download Ô 2 Review Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience The words of Martin Luther King Jr's I Have a Dream speech have become enshrined in US history But after the end of King's generation of leadership what happened to the African American struggle for freedom Like the ancient Israelites the African American community has survived a four hundred year collective trauma What will it take for them to reach the promised land that King foresaw to be truly free at last In this classic historical and cultural study Carl Ellis offer. It was an important passing meeting At the time I belonged to a Christian sect that was convinced only our tribe was being saved and redeemed by God Some of the members of our teeny church came from the black neighborhood just up the road and had drawn me into a part of their communal life On this day I was in that neighborhood helping with a community project when I met him Old Mose like Moses without the s on the end That s what they called him and that s how he introduced himself Probably in his late eighties wrinkled black skin and frail frame yet genuine faith and love for Christ oozing from every pore Here was a man who wasn t of my theological tribe and yet he had faith in his little pinky than I had in my whole being His gentleness toward me and confidence in God set me back on my sectarian heels Though those few hours with Mose were over 30 years I have never forgotten him and have often given thanks to God for him That chance meeting sent me on a reassessment of my perfectionist leanings that eventually brought me out of my soul suffocating separatism As I read the newly re released Signature addition of Free at Last The Gospel in the African American Experience by Dr Carl F Ellis Jr I thought of Mose a number of times Ellis Provost s Professor of Theology and Culture at Reformed Theological Seminary Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative and Academic Director of the Makazi Institute penned an earlier edition of this manuscript in 1983 and it s second version in 1996 was picked up by IVP as a Signature Edition Now in 2020 this 296 page paperback is being re presented to the world and it is just in the nick of time Between these covers lies a friendly factual and faith filled case study of Black heritage in America Though it is friendly it is not facile The author will challenge readers black white northern southern secularist Christian Evangelical Fundamentalist and Reformed right where each needs to be challenged The factual comes from a man who has lived and sweat through many of the seasons he recounts And the faith filled is because the Gospel of Jesus Christ pulses through the arteries and capillaries of each chapterAfter the intriguingly insightful forward by Amisho Baraka Ellis takes his readers on a journey This pilgrimage leads from Africa to America and up the unfolding slopes and stages of the centuries Our traveling companions and trail guides are African Americans who have pushed forward trying to bring their fellow Blacks fully into liberty and justice The author maps out the ideological genealogies of various movements and endeavors This was incredibly helpful because it gave me a clearer perception of certain groups that now exist and which ancestral stream they spawned from There is also a chronicling of several of our guides and companions which was similarly enlightening especially regarding Malcolm X and the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Finally the glossary which takes up one fifth of the book is an educational resource in and of itselfThough this volume is academically rigorous it is not heartless or stoic God s grace comes through as the reason and the remedy For example while the author tackles oppression and resistance he declares that the oppressed when they resist oppression are resisting unrighteousness It does not mean that the oppressed are righteous than the oppressors It does mean however that they have the opportunity to demonstrate righteousnessresisting oppression is righteous than giving in to it or inflicting it on others especially if the oppressed resist righteously But then unexpectedly Ellis states clearly that the oppressed must fight to break the back of oppression so they can seek God s solution to their own unrighteousness 29 30 Again and again the author comes back to the sobering realities that save people and movements from utopianism and secularist perfectionism for the closer a people get to liberation the their own ungodliness and God s judgment will showLiberation is insufficient if it is not accompanied by the empowerment that results from a uest for godliness in every area of life 189 I heard strong supporting strains from Martin Luther King and John M Perkins in the background while Ellis was riffing through his topics There was a tonal beauty that blends together in these pages to catch up a soul Free at Last is a work I will always be grateful for not only because it reminded me again of Old Mose but also because it gave me a greater appreciation for that aged man of faith I look forward to seeing him again when by the grace of God we can gather together on the other side of the Jordan If you re a white Christian especially in my own Reformed tradition you need to snatch up this book and pour over it with a heart wide open before God If you re a black believer I implore you to get a copy and make it your own And together with arms interlocked let us rejoice together that God gives us dignity and say together if God is somebody which he is then I am somebody because I in some ways resemble God 31 Yes indeed I highly recommend this bookThanks to IVP for providing upon my reuest a gratis copy of Free at Last It is the specific manuscript used for this review The assessments are mine given without restrictions reuirements mandate or malfeasanceReview Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience
Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience Free download Ô 2 Review Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience S an in depth assessment of the state of African American freedom and dignity Stressing how important it is for African Americans to reflect on their roots he traces the growth of Black consciousness from the days of slavery to the 1990s noting especially the contributions of King and Malcolm X Ellis examines elements of Black culture and offers a distinct perspective on how God is active in culture broadly Free at Last concludes with a call for new generations of jazz th. Man what a gem this book is This should be reuired reading for all Christians who care about bearing with one another and building up the local church here in the States Particularly if you want insight into the black experience with Christianity in America through the years this book will serve you well Ellis gives such an enlightening and in many ways prophetic overview of the development of black theology over the years He masterfully diagnoses the shortcomings of white evangelicalism in America s youth up to today and the effect it had on black theological development His description of the ways in which secular humanism has drifted into much of America s theological enterprise both black and white is so veracious it s frightening Finally I found his recommendations at the end of the book biblical prudent and reasonable If you re a Christian please read this book