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Preaching in Two Voices presents a collection of challenging sermons that combine the scriptural insights of a successful woman pastor who raises questions about the inclusiveness of the church and of a prominent male pastor with "uplook" visions for the future of women.
These 16 thought-provoking sermons feature eight women whose roles in Jesus' life are not often highlighted from the pulpit. Each woman's story is discussed from two perspectives. Dr. Johnson Cook brings to her messages very personal interpretations, seeing in the lives of these women reflections of her own struggle to answer God's call despite overwhelming prejudice. Dr. Watley explores how the faith journeys of these biblical women offer inspiration and encouragement for all Christians seeking to follow Jesus amid the turmoil of contemporary life.
Both authors speak as one in their concern for African American women newly emerging from the constraints of the past. In these sensitive profiles of faith, pastors will find fresh sermon ideas that speak eloquently to the needs of both women and men.
Rev. William D. Watley, Ph.D. is the Senior Pastor of the historic Saint Philip A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, GA.
A prolific author, Dr. Watley has written and edited twenty-one books and has authored several booklets and articles throughout the past two decades. He is the founder and C.E.O. of New Seasons Press, the publishing division of William Watley Ministries.
Reverend Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook was the first female president in the history of the 10,000 member Hampton University Ministers' Conference which represents all the historically African-American denominations.
Dr. Johnson Cook is a senior pastor at the Bronx Christian Fellowship Church, also known as Believers' Christian Fellowship, which she founded in 1996. A powerful preacher, Dr. Johnson Cook was recently described in The New York Times as "Billy Graham and Oprah rolled into one." She is known as the "Wall Street Pastor" and regularly conducts and facilitates corporate ministry.
• In 1983, she was elected the first black woman to be a senior pastor in the 200-year history of American Baptist Churches of the USA.• In 1996, pastor Cook was the only faith leader appointed to President Clinton's Initiative on Race.• She was the first woman appointed chaplain of the New York City Police Department.• Sujay was featured by Ebony Magazine in 1997 as one of the nation's top 15 women in ministry and by Time Out Magazine as one of New York's top 5 preachers
Dr. Sujay is the author of nine successful books which include: her latest release Moving Up (Doubleday: 2008), Too Blessed to Be Stressed, (Nelson: 1998), A New Dating Attitude Getting Ready For The Mate God Has For You (Zondervan: 2000) and The Sister's Rules for Ministry (Word: 2003). Her book, Live Like You're (Doubleday: 2006), was featured on "Good Morning America," and the "Tavis Smiley Show."
A faculty member and graduate of Harvard University she also received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH '91); a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary ('83) and a Master of Arts from Columbia University ('76).
Dr. Cook is married to Ronald Cook and they reside in New York City with their two sons.
Visit her website: www.DRSUJAY.com
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