January 27, 2004
Cleophus LaRue

Cleophus LaRue
"The Heart of Black Preaching"
Underwritten by: John & Mary Loeks

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Though far from perfect, black preaching is regarded in many circles as the most vibrant, imaginative and communicatively effective preaching on the scene today. In fact, homileticians see much that is admirable and attractive in black preaching. If studied for more than its cosmetic effects of style and delivery, or its more widely known feature of celebration, black preaching has something of note to contribute to traditional homiletics in the 21st century. Cleophus J. LaRue, Princeton Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Associate Professor of Homiletics, specializes in the theory and method of African American preaching. He will address the need for appreciation of and understanding between all homiletic traditions to make for stronger preachers, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, regional differences and denominational ties.

  • Francis Landley Patton Associate Professor of Homiletics, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Specializes is the theory and method of African American preaching
  • Ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America
  • Former pastor of two Texas churches
  • Author of "The Heart of Black Preaching" and "Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons"