A new book from the Advocate Press has been released just in time for Black History Month.
Called “My Banned Black History Sermons,” the book from the Rev. Amiri Hooker features a number of sermons that were rejected from a sermon website because they didn’t align with the site’s view’s about biblical history. Some of the sermons maintain that Jesus was Black and came from Africa.
“As someone with 30 years of preaching experience, 20 of those years ordained in The United Methodist Church, I believe the concept of a Black Jesus is not out of line with Scripture,” Hooker wrote in the book’s preface. “In the midst of the current climate marked by the surge in White Christian nationalism and evangelical divisiveness, I sense that it’s an ideal time to explore the concepts surrounding a cultural perspective of Jesus as Black.
“This is also a prime time for all faith groups to be exposed to Black history sermons that speak to relevant theologies of the post COVID-19 world.”
The foreword to the book was penned by Dr. Vance P. Ross, senior pastor of the historic Central United Methodist Church, Atlanta, as well as former director of annual conference relationships for Discipleship Ministries and first-ever deputy general secretary for Discipleship Ministries.
The book is available from the Advocate at https://advocatesc.org/store/books/my-banned-black-history-sermons and on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CTFJRZWJ