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Effective twenty-first-century preaching is prophetic when it addresses closing the income and wealth gap.
In the face of growing inequities in the United States and global economies, Rev. Dr. Joseph Evans, Dean of Morehouse School of Religion, has issued a clarion call to preachers to disturb the status quo and cause meaningful, thoughtful conversations about a species of biblical preaching that envisions economic justice as the ethical imperative for the twenty-first century, particularly for people of African descent. Written from a preacher's perspective, grounded in solid scholarship, this volume asserts an ethical imperative for economic justice and what this means for the twenty-first-century church and those who preach in prophetic pulpits around the world.
"This most pivotal, timely, and brilliant book announces an evolution in how reconciliation must be understood, preached, and practiced. In writing Reconciliation and Reparations, Dr. Joseph Evans powerfully advocates that biblical reconciliation requires a central focus on economic justice, reparations, and addressing the structures of white supremacy. This is a must-read for preachers, seminarians, and all faith leaders, because the United States and the world desperately need a generation that proclaims and embodies the healing power of reconciliation and reparations." Curtiss Paul DeYoung, CEO, Minnesota Council of Churches
Joseph Evans is the Dean of the Morehouse School of Religion, and a member of the Homiletics faculty at the Interdenominational Theological Center. He is the author of two books, Reconciliation and Reparation: Preaching Economic Justice, published by Judson Press (Spring 2018) and Lifting the Veil Over Eurocentrism: The Du Boisian Hermeneutic of Double Consciousness, published by Africa World Press (2014).
He is the author of numerous essays which include Preaching God's Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, Year A published by Westminster John Knox and A New History of the Sermon of the Nineteenth Century published by Brill Press (2010).
For the American Baptist Quarterly Evans has written "Vernon Johns and the Romance of Death" (Fall 2017) and "Christian Statesmen: Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gardner Calvin Taylor and African American Civic Sermon" (Spring 2011). He has written also for the American Baptist Quarterly, "King's Dream: The Revelation of Democratic Justice." This essay is a part of a special edition dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. This special edition was published in 2019.
Gardner C. Taylor described him as one of the "brilliant preachers of his generation." Wyatt Tee Walker said "he is a master craftsman who is extremely adept in his understanding of how to prepare and deliver the prophetic sermon." Dr. Evans is married and has two adult children and three grandchildren.
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