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Alisha L. Gordon: Women in Ministry: When the Call Is Enough

Sunday January 10, 2016
We can trace the path of some of our most beloved biblical characters through their call to ministry: Moses, Gideon, even Jeremiah were called by God, pushed towards that call despite their own fears, and were reassured that God would be with them as they went forth in obedience. It's not nearly as common to hear of a 'call narrative' for women in the bible, however.

Alisha L. Gordon: When Is Grace Enough?

Sunday March 08, 2015
For a long time, I was a proponent of the death penalty. Growing up in a world where an eye for an eye and a tooth of a tooth was the extent of my moral and theological understanding, offering grace to those who I deemed were undeserving clouded my ability to fully see how grace could really apply to them.

Alisha L. Gordon: A Word on Jamal Bryant: the Loyalty in and Purpose of Preaching

Wednesday June 11, 2014
Before the influx of social media, preachers had to have a literal platform - a storefront church, a borrowed pulpit, a makeshift theater, a lived-in basement, some form of physical location for the Word of God to go forth. Technology has eradicated the need for a physical platform, making the preaching moment a virtual one where people all over the world can participate in the going forth of the Gospel.

BlackVoices: Rev. Joseph Murrenz Constant and Rev. Dr. Rosemari G. Sullivan: Three Years after the Haiti Earthquake

Friday January 18, 2013
In minutes, Haiti was forever changed when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on Jan. 12, 2010. Three years later, the devastation is often more visible than the progress that has been made.

Alisha L. Gordon: A Desperate God

Saturday November 10, 2012
Since entering seminary, the scope and breadth of how I view and understand God has changed a bit. Well, a lot.

BlackVoices Preach: Otis Moss III on a Moral Case for Tax Fairness in America

Monday April 30, 2012
Pastors don't preach many sermons about the tax code, and Jesus did not have a specific tax plan that he touted on the dusty roads of Nazareth. But our political debate over the economy and taxes could use more talk about core Biblical principles of justice and the common good and less deceptive rhetoric about "class warfare."

BlackVoices Preach! Jacqueline Lewis and James Forbes on the Legacy of MLK

Monday April 09, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach from, the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis and the Rev. Dr. James Forbes focus on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BlackVoices Preach: Michael Waters, Gilbert Caldwell, Jacqueline Lewis, and Ruth Hawley-Lowry on Trayvon Martin

Monday March 26, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach from, Michael Waters, Gilbert Caldwell, Jacqueline Lewis, and Ruth Hawley-Lowry focus on the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

BlackVoices Preach! Michael Waters on a Painful (But Familiar) Ritual

Monday March 19, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach, the Rev. Michael Waters writes, "My only son turned five years old last week. He is a handsome, articulate, energetic, intelligent, fun-loving and gentle young man. He is the apple of my eye! There's only one problem; he is Black."

BlackVoices Preach! William Flippin Jr. on Jesus' "Occupy Temple" Protests

Monday March 12, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach installment, Rev. William Flippin Jr. writes about Jesus' "Occupy Temple" protests in a Lenten sermon.

BlackVoices Preach! Alisha Gordon on The Noah Syndrome

Monday March 05, 2012
God began to speak to me about Noah regarding his patience and obedience while building the ark. I want to share these things with you in a hope that you will continue on your path of obedience, even if that means you're considered crazy and foolish.

BlackVoices Preach! The Rev. Jacqueline Lewis on MLK, Faith, and Fearlessness

Monday February 27, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach! from, the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis writes, "Too many of us are afraid of our light. I have heard countless times in my ministry that some people -- no matter their race -- feel unworthy of God, think they can't be used by God. Let us not be afraid of the liberating love-power at work within us."

BlackVoices Preach! Rev. William Flippin Jr.: Celebrate the Feast of Absalom Jones

Monday February 13, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach! the Rev. William Flippin Jr. writes, "Absalom Jones' spirit of independence is an example to all those of African descent in liturgical traditions. Our Christian experience commits us to the view that there is no greater source of strength in the struggle of justice, equality and human dignity than faith in Jesus Christ."

BlackVoices Preach! William Flippin, Princeton Parker, Wil Gafney

Monday February 06, 2012
This week Rev. William E. Flippin focuses onthe African principle, Ubuntu. Princeton Parker looks to scripture for answers on how to bring unity in spite of strong divisions--even over sports. And Rev. Wil Gafney addresses the bizarre Eddie Long video that circulated last week.

BlackVoices Preach! Alisha Gordon, Princeton Parker and William Flippin Jr. on God's Light

Monday January 30, 2012
In this week's BlackVoices Preach! from, we hear from Alisha Gordon, Princeton Parker, and William Flippin Jr. on God's Light.

BlackVoices Preach! Joi Ruth Orr, Darius Gray, and Monique Ruffin on Religion & Politics

Monday January 23, 2012
This week, we're joined by several church leaders and religious thinkers as we explore how the religious is also political: Sister Joi Ruth Orr, Darius Gray, and Monique Ruffin.

BlackVoices Preach! Michael Waters, Princeton Parker, T.D.Jakes, William Flippin on Finding Joy

Monday January 16, 2012
This week we're exploring the ways finding joy through Christ can shape and elevate our lives with posts from the Rev. Michael Waters, Princeton Parker, T.D. Jakes, and William Flippin.

BlackVoices Preach! Princeton Parker, Nicholas Stuart Richards, and Monique Ruffin

Monday January 09, 2012
With the new year in full swing, many of us are taking our resolutions head on and tackling big changes in our lives. Three preachers help us.

BlackVoices Preach! Jordan, Anderson, Clark, Moss on the New Year

Monday January 02, 2012
It's a brand new year and we've gathered together some amazing sermons to help us enter 2012 with faith and hope, by P. Kimberleigh Jordan, Lisa Anderson, Adam Clark, and Otis Moss III.

BlackVoices Preach! Alisha Gordon, William Flippin, and Princeton Parker

Monday December 19, 2011
In this week's BlackVoices Preach! post from, featured preachers are William Flippin, Alisha Gordon, and Princeton Parker.

BlackVoices Preach! Alisha Gordon and Margaret Aymer

Monday December 12, 2011
Margaret Aymer and Alisha Gordon blog in this week's BlackVoices Preach! Topics: Minas, Occupations and Tony Perkins... and Jorelys Rivera: A Harvest Reaped Too Soon.

This Week's BlackVoices Preach!: Otis Moss III, Alisha Gordon, Princeton Parker

Monday December 05, 2011
In the first "BlackVoices" Sunday Sermon post from on, we present sermons by Otis Moss III, Alisha Gordon, and Princeton Irvin Parker.