Much of the greatest preaching in America takes place Sunday by Sunday in African-American churches. In his new book I Believe I’ll Testify: The Art of African-American Preaching (Westminster John Knox), Cleophus J. LaRue explores those distinctive characteristics that make black preaching such a powerful rhetorical tool into the 21st century. Of particular interest to me was LaRue’s chapter on the disconnect many black students encounter when they study preaching in many predominantly white seminaries. Whatever your ethnicity, you’ll find valuable insights for preaching in this brief volume.

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