Forbes, former pastor of the famously ecumenical Riverside Church, looks back over his life as a pastor and a black man to make a strong connection between the gospels of Christian faith and life as lived in a dynamic and changing world. As he examines issues of faith and values, he offers a primer for progressive churches and individuals on six issues: sexuality, gender equality, racial justice, economic class, war, and the environment. Forbes recalls his personal struggle with the traditions of the conservative Baptist church of his childhood and requests by gay couples for services, from communion to marriage rites. He parallels the lifelong development of individual sexuality with the challenge of dealing with church members’ sexual issues. On the issue of race, Forbes juxtaposes the gospel of racial exceptionalism so embedded in American culture against the gospel of human equality. Forbes intersperses passages from the Bible with his experiences to offer a full and compelling look at making faith and humane ideals real in the lives of church members and the nation. --Vanessa Bush
From the Publisher
A passionate call to justice from the figure Newsweek
calls "one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world"
Praise for Reverend Forbes:
Twice named by Ebony as "One of America's Greatest Black Preachers"
Praise for Whose Gospel?:
A must-read book. . . . The reader is introduced to a host of images and scenes that illuminate the text and deliver it face to face with the local and global issues of our time.
--REV. DR. JOAN BROWN CAMPBELL, FORMER GENERAL SECRETARY, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN CHRIST USA