4 Myths About Black Worship

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Having attended a small African American Seventh-day Adventist church congregation as a child, I grew accustomed to certain ideas and expectations about life and worship in a Black setting. We sang hymns. The sermon was short and to the point. And (most important) the 11:00 divine worship hour lasted one hour. If the preacher concluded his sermon at 12:05 p.m., he was encroaching on our time!Many years later I pastored a two-church district; and those two churches stood at polar opposites of the worship spectrum. One was reserved in its expressed praise; the other, exuberant. At one church we always concluded worship services by 12:30 p.m.; at the other, I rarely stood up to preach before 12:30 p.m.

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Adventist Review

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Christian Ministry