The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-15
  • Publisher: Judson Pr
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This rich and passionate compilation offers sermons and essays from religious leaders across the Christian landscape, all reflecting on the historic 2008 election of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States of America. Contributors were asked to respond to one or more of these questions: 1. In what ways does this election suggest a fulfillment of the 1968 words of Martin Luther King Jr., ┐We as a people will get to the promised land┐? 2. In what ways does this election speak to the issue of whether or not the United States has entered a post-racial era in our national life? 3. What biblical or theological language informs your reflections on an Obama presidency? The book features dynamic preachers: ┐ Tony Campolo ┐ Carolyn Ann Knight ┐ Gardner C. Taylor Respected scholars: ┐ Dwight Hopkins ┐ Anthony Pinn ┐ Emilie Townes Esteemed pastors: ┐ Brad Braxton ┐ Otis Moss II ┐ Gina Stewart And popular authors: ┐ Marvin McMickle ┐ William Willimon ┐ Philip Yancey These racially and theologically diverse Christian leaders offer a breadth of opinions and responses to Obama┐s election. Join them as they view the impact of this momentous event through distinctly Christian eyes.

Author Biography

About the Editor: Marvin A. McMickle, DMin, PhD, is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served since 1987. In addition to being one of the most respected preachers in the nation, Dr. McMickle serves as professor of homiletics at Ashland Theological Seminary. A prolific author, McMickle has now published twelve books, including the recent Judson Press title Profiles in Black: Phat Facts for Teens (2008).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. xi
My Soul Looks Back and Wonders How We Got Over
At Last!p. 1
God's Invisible Handp. 7
The Hopeology of Barack Obama: Biblical Reflections and Personal Musingsp. 11
Barack Obama and the Unfinished Business of Americap. 17
Dreaming Like a Foolp. 20
On the Border of the Impossiblep. 25
This Inauguration: An Impossible Possibilityp. 27
A Giant Step Forward for Americap. 32
Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr.
No Longer a Dream Deferred: Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and the Search for the Beloved Communityp. 35
When the Walls Came Tumbling Downp. 41
Almost but Not Quitep. 46
Working from the Bottom Upp. 52
Of Dreams and Their Dreamers: A Sermonic Reflection on the Significance of the Obama Presidencyp. 55
A Lifting of the Burdenp. 60
Dreams from Our Fathersp. 64
Can We Believe in America?p. 70
Prophetic Rumblings for President Barack Obama
No Days Offp. 74
Preacher-Prophet Obamap. 81
A Hope That Does Not Disappoint: An Obama Presidency and Romans 5:5p. 87
Hope Has Its Reasonsp. 93
The Hope That the Present Has Brought Usp. 99
Barack Obama and a Postracial America
Barack Obama and the American Civil Religionp. 105
Obama's Race and America's Race Relationsp. 111
Postrace Americap. 116
Bodies-American Made: The 2008 Presidential Election and the Possibility of a New Politics of Racep. 118
This Is Our Workp. 123
Barack Obama and the New American Civil Religion-Official Versionp. 127
Biblical and Theological Perspectives
Hope in 3-Dp. 136
A Sentence Begunp. 142
What Mean These Stones? The Election of Barack Obama in Retrospect and Prospectp. 148
The Obama Presidency and America's Unfinished Businessp. 154
Where Do We Go from Here?p. 159
For Such a Time as Thisp. 164
About the Contributorsp. 169
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