Pulpit & Politics
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J218
Pages: 224
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817017514
PubDate: 2014
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS

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New from best-selling author Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle is Pulpit & Politics, which seeks to provoke an emergence of a new generation of black preacher-politicians who will move beyond spiritual leadership and into advocacy and social justice. Dr. McMickle argues for the vital role of the preacher, not only in the pulpit but in serving the community and challenging the government, from within or without.

Key features:

  • Highlights past and present examples of African American leaders in ministry and politics, from Hiram Revels to Martin Luther King Jr. to Al Sharpton.
  • Explores the letter and spirit of the principles of religious liberty and the separation of church and state.
  • Examines historic examples of religious advocacy around social justice issues in the black community, including the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.
  • Considers four models of clergy leadership in the African American church and community: priestly, prophetic, nationalist, and political.


Editorial Reviews:

"In Pulpit & Politics, McMickle uses examples of church leaders in politics to explore the history of the separation of church and state. The book provides advice for some of the ways churches can get involved in elections without losing their tax-free status, such as registering voters, driving voters to the polls, hosting a candidate forum, or encouraging early voting. McMickle also includes his personal philosophy of where the line should be drawn, which is an interesting perspective, given his experience in both worlds.The history is a nice overview for readers who might not be familiar with balancing the roles of church and state and where the two should overlap."— Foreword Reviews, Oct. 2014

“Pulpit & Politicsis a welcome contribution to the ongoing debate in the U.S. regarding religious liberty, separation of church and state, and faith-based political activism. Based on his own experience, McMickle provides an informative overview of the past history and present challenges faced by black preachers seeking election to local, state, and national office in the U.S. This book sets the stage for the emergence of new frontiers of political engagement for black clergy.” --Cheryl J. Sanders, Professor of Christian Ethics, Howard University School of Divinity, and Senior Pastor, Third Street Church of God, Washington, D.C.

“In Pulpit & Politics, McMickle has provided the nation a useful and practical tool to create a merger of faith and the public square. If its insights are heeded, it will educate a new group of leaders in government that will result in a public awareness not seen in decades. The church and society have suffered in the past because of the lack of intellectual leadership that this book pursues. McMickle has written a blueprint for the way forward—we all should take the journey!” —Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode Sr,  President and CEO, Amachi, Inc., Mayor, 1984–1992,  City of Philadelphia

"This book is a very important source and call for black church pastors, as well as seminary professors who teach future preachers, to hear the moral imperative and case for political involvement in new and important ways. It is a must read.   Ethically, theologically, historically, and with great detail, McMickle’s work dispels the myth that churches cannot and should not be involved in the political process."—Rev. Sharon Ellis Davis, Adjunct Professor, McCormick Theological Seminary, author of 'Battered African American Women: A Study in Gender Entrapment'

"Pulpit & Politics is a great reminder of the crucial impact the black church has made in the political arena historically; and a call-to-action for us post-modern preachers to keep a pulse on politics also, while we manage the pulpit. It's not either or, but both and!"—Rev Dr Najuma Smith-Pollard, Program Manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement

"Very good!"--NetGalley Reviewer

"A 4 out of 5 stars"--Educator, NetGalley

"A must read for pastors!"--An Amazon reviewer

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