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
#34;Dr. Evans provides a roadmap to reorient African American preaching to address, in specific ways, how to give greater attention to the growing wealth gap and issues of economic justice. In the coming decades, our communities and churches will be impacted significantly by a lack economic resources and material wealth. It is past time for prophetic preaching to be reframed and refocused to expose the injustice that has created a chasm of poverty. To do, as Evans so rightly shows us, black preaching must issue a clarion call for reparations as one of many ways to challenge economic injustice. This should be standard reading in seminaries and divinity schools for years to come." " Dr. Lewis Brogdon, Visiting Professor of Preaching and Black Church Studies, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Simmons College of Kentucky
Joseph Evans is the J. Alfred Smith, Sr. Professor of Theology in the Public Square and Director of the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Restorative Justice at Berkely School of Theology. He is the author of The Art of Eloquence: The Sacred Rhetoric of Gardner C. Taylor (2020), Reconciliation and Reparation: Preaching Economic Justice (2018) published with Judson Press and Lifting the Veil Over Eurocentrism: The Du Boisian Hermeneutic of Double Consciousness, published with Africa World Press (2014).
He has written for the American Baptist Quarterly numerous essays that include "King's Dream: The Revelation of Democratic Justice (2019)" and "Vernon Johns and the Romance of Death" (2017).
Gardner C. Taylor described him as one of the "brilliant preachers of his generation." Wyatt Tee Walker said, "Dr. Evans 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.