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Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church [Paperback]

By Anthony J. Carter (Editor), Ken Jones (Contribution by) & Michael Leach (Contribution by)
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Many Christians choose churches that serve them instead of churches that proclaim biblical truth and doctrine. Experiencing the Truth presents the biblical basis for choosing and attending a church and then challenges believers with the need for vibrant, experiential, Reformed teaching.

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Experiencing the Truth communicates the need of a vibrant, experiential, Reformed Christianity among African-Americans and all believers.

How does a believer choose a church to attend? Sadly too many Christians search for churches that serve them and meet their perceived needs. Instead they should prefer places where God is exalted and biblical truth and Christian doctrine are proclaimed. Such churches are essential if Christians are to understand what God is doing and what he calls His people to be.

Experiencing the Truth presents these truths not simply to African-American churches, but also to the whole church today. Anthony Carter, Michael Leach, and Ken Jones clearly present the need for a vibrant, experiential, Reformed Christianity among African-Americans. These authors lay out the biblical basis for choosing and attending a church, and they demonstrate how the historic Reformed expression has been the most biblically accurate and experientially consistent expression of Christianity.

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   187
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.74" Width: 6" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2008
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581348878  
ISBN13  9781581348873  

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Anthony J. Carter (MA, Reformed Theological Seminary) serves as the lead pastor of East Point Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of two books and numerous magazine and journal articles, and blogs at Non Nobis Domine. Carter travels frequently as a conference speaker and guest lecturer. He is also an organizing member of the Council of Reforming Churches.

Eric C. Redmond (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and associate pastor of adult ministries at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He previously served on the council of the Gospel Coalition and as the senior pastor of Reformation Alive Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Maryland. Eric lives in Brookfield, Illinois, with his wife, Pamela, and their five children.

Anthony B. Bradley (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is associate professor of religious studies at the King's College in New York City, where he serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing and chair of the Religious and Theological Studies program. He also serves as a research fellow for the Acton Institute. He has also published cultural commentary in a variety of periodicals and lives in New York City.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Anthony J. Carter currently resides in Jonesboro, in the state of Georgia. Anthony J. Carter was born in 1967.

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Reformed African American Christianity  Nov 23, 2008
Anthony Carter, Michael Leach, and Ken Jones write in the growing new tradition of Black Reformed pastors and authors like Eric C. Redmond and Thabiti Anyabwile. "Experiencing the Truth," as the title suggests, is not an either/or book. Some feel that the Black Church has at times surrendered truth in the search for experience. Others feel that the Reformed Church would not be a home for Black worshippers because at times it has surrendered the experience of God in search of doctrinal truth. Carter, Leach, and Jones cogently argue that all churches, of all ethnicities, can and should combine truth and experience.

The authors outline a theology of Black church worship, Black preaching, and Black Christian experience that can grow out of the Reformed tradition. In doing so, they take the Black Church back to some of its earliest American roots (see "Beyond the Suffering" for portraits of heroes of Black Church history).

As the authors argue, this book is not only for the Black Church. It is for any Christian concerned with a Christian church experience that combines truth and love.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
Reforming the "Black" Church  Aug 14, 2008
I wanted to give the book 3.5 stars but if I am to error I will do it on 4 rather than 3.

The purpose of this book as defined by the authors is the bring reformation to the black church. This I agree with. The black church for too long has continued to be high on experience and low on theology and doctrine. Both are important but if your theology is wrong your worship is wrong. Jesus is clear on this with the woman by the well in John 3. Her theology and doctrine was wrong thus Jesus corrects her about true worship.

All 3 of the books authors are Reformed Shepherds so I expected some reformed leanings. I got a little more than I bargained for thus the book loses one star for me. The opening section by Michael Leach seemed to be heavy in Reformed Tradition and Ecclisology and very little on practical Reformed Theology. I am not of the Reformed persuasion as it relates to this so this could be a matter for me and not all readers.

The book also lost a star due to the terminology in the first chapter. I felt like I was reading a seminal book and if I were to hand it off I don't think it will be well recieved. It seemed the book was trying to prove something in the first chapter and because of that I fell that it would alienate the very audience it was attempting to reform. We must be careful with that if we are going to come to the table and have any meaningful dialogue.

So my problem with the books would be some of the word choice, the heavy emphasis on reformed ecclisiology, and maybe a tone of arrogance. But that leads to what I enjoy.

The book focuses on a high view of worship, the Bible, and even practical holiness (Jones Chapter). That I enjoyed. Mr. Carter's two chapters on preaching (though I don't agree with all he says) and worship (likewise) are worth the book alone. Throw in Mr. Jones' chapter which is packed with the history of the black church in very practial terminology and the book is not only worth reading I would recommend that you pass it out to a black or white pastor who you may have an ear with.

So overall I enjoyed the book, but if we are to come to the table we must come with great humility and communicate on the terms of the invited guest. If not the books we of the Black and Reformed persuasion will write will only stay in the circles of those we agree with.

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