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55 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Bonus: Malcolm vs. King - Make It Plain Podcast Guest Episode
We are showing love to our friends from Make It Plain as they launch their second season February 21, 2022. Check them out wherever you get your podcasts!
2 minutes | Dec 4, 2021
Season 3 Outro
Any thing that was particularly helpful? Anything that was unhelpful? Any guests that you would like to see for season 4? Please leave us a review! We want to hear from you! See you next year for season 4.
1 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
See you all next week!
29 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Being Present with Elbert Bell Topp
Elbert McGowan Jr. joins co-host Cyril Chavis Jr. to talk about the important of ministry in the local community. They discuss the importance of family history, the power of loving the people around you, the significance of being present with people, and more! They look at the life of Rev. E.B. Top, Pastor Elbert's great great grandfather. If you are interested in doing Jesus-centered ministry in your community, then this episode is for you! Tune in!! Rev. Elbert McGowan Jr. is born and raised in Jackson, MS. He is the Senior Pastor of Redeemer Church in Jackson. He is the founding campus pastor of RUF at Jackson State University. He is married to Dr. Karen McGowan and has two beautiful children. 01:11 Intro of Pastor El 06:55 Intro of E.B. Topp13:33 Topp's significance to Pastor El16:07 Having a ministry of presence 19:10 Ways Pastor El resonates with Topp's ministry 24:33 Final inspirations 27:08 Keep up with Pastor El 27:26 Prayer
56 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Living Like the New Testament Saints with Althea and Alonzo Edmiston
K.A. Ellis joins co-host Cyril Chavis Jr. to talk about how the kingdom of God is spreading all over the world. They talk about kingdom prayer, Christian resistance against oppressive regimes, suffering for the sake of the kingdom, and much more! We glean from the wisdom of Alonzo and Althea Edmiston, African American Presbyterian missionaries to the Congo. We see how the world and the church needs to return to the simplicity of the New Testament saints. If you want to be a part of what God is doing today in the most unlikely places, tune in!! Prof. K.A. Ellis is the Director for the Edmiston Center for the Study of the Bible and Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary in ATL. She is also a PhD candidate at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies where she studies Theological Ethics and World Christianity. 01:56 Intro of Prof. Ellis07:46 Intro of the Edmistons09:00 Story of Althea's missions 10:20 What is Christian mission?15:30 Mission agents oppressive regimes22:15 Why study these people?23:50 What the persecution looks like28:45 Hallmarks of NT simplicity 38:55 Neglecting Christian privilege 44:20 The letter of encouragement 50:10 Final inspirations 52:18 Keeping up with K.A. Ellis53:28 Prayer
52 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Leading Healthy Organizations with Stan Henkeman
Wayne Credle joins co-host Cyril Chavis Jr. to discuss organizational leadership. They talk about how important healthy leadership is for an organization, the negative consequences of bad leadership in the world and in the church, the ways that pastors can exercise healthy leadership, and more! They lean on the wisdom of Stan Henkeman as it relates to organizational leadership. If you are passionate about leadership, this episode is for you!Rev. Wayne Credle is the Co-owner of CREDLE LLC, a leadership development and consulting firm that serves churches and small businesses. He is also a PhD candidate at Regent University's School of Business and Leadership studying Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Ecclesial Leadership. He is married to Passion Credle who is pursuing an MBA at Regent University. 02:23 Intro of Wayne Credle08:31 Intro of Stan Henkeman11:30 What's organizational leadership?13:15 What's bad organizational leadership?16:12 OL in the church 23:02 Pastoral burnout and OL25:43 OL issues in the black church 33:20 Wisdom from Henkeman 33:40 Presence, conflict, and sophisticated corruption 37:40 Sophisticated corruption in the church 41:30 Conflict in the church 45:15 Final inspirations 48:02 Keeping up with Rev. Credle 49:05 Prayer
2 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
See You Next Week!
Hey Africana Manna friends and family! There is no episode this week. We sincerely apologize. We can't wait to see you all next week!
43 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Using Your Power with Francis Grimké
Phillip Holmes joins co-hosts Noelle Shaw and Cyril Chavis Jr. to discuss power. What is power? How does it operate in everyday life? How is it at play in the Blackburn Takeover? What does Jesus show us about power? As we discuss power dynamics, we look at the life of Francis Grimké, our Christian African ancestor this week. We see how he was able to integrate rich pastoral and theological instincts with an active public life, advocating for racial justice. Tune in! Mr. Phillip Holmes is the Chief Communications Officer for Reformed Theological Seminary, the Owner of Highest Good, and a co-host of Make It Plain podcast. He is married to Mrs. Jasmine Holmes, and they have three boys.
46 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Being a Strong Black Woman with LaQuines Brown
Kellie Brown joins co-hosts Cyril Chavis Jr. and Noelle Shaw as they discuss the strong black woman while reflecting on the life of Sis. Kellie's mother-in-law, LaQuines Bernadette Goodwin Brown. We discuss how dear Momma Brown was to Sis. Kellie, her godliness and strength, and her sacrificial love. We also talk about what strength looks like for a black woman, particularly a black woman in Christ. You don't want to miss this!Mrs. Kellie Brown is the Operations Manager for African American Ministries in the PCA. She is also a Women's Shepherd, a church planter and assessor, and the Worship Arts Director at Christ Central Church in Charlotte, NC.
63 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Navigating Racialized Assumptions with Isaac Anderson
Alicia Jackson joins co-hosts Noelle Shaw and Cyril Chavis, Jr. to discuss racialized assumptions about Africans and what it means for how Africans have had to navigate society. We lean on the wisdom of Isaac Anderson -- a clergyman in the CME, an educator, activist, and politician. They talk about racial categories in society, respectability politics, the independent African American church movement, the relevance of the Christian faith for endurance, and much more. Dr. Alicia Jackson is an Associate Professor of History at Covenant College and author of the forthcoming book The Recovered Life of Isaac Anderson. This project uncovers and restores the narrative of a pivotal leader in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church and in Georgia's state legislature in the late 19th century.
32 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Suffering Well with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mika Edmondson joins co-hosts Cyril Chavis, Jr and Noelle Shaw this week as we discuss redemptive suffering. Have you ever gone through deep seasons of suffering? Have you wondered if God has any purpose for your suffering? Have you wondered how our Christian African American ancestors processed suffering in the midst of oppression? Then this episode is for you! We learn from Dr. King as we dive into this always relevant topic. Rev. Dr. Mika Edmondson is the pastor of Koinonia Church, a cross-cultural Presbyterian church in the Bordeaux neighborhood of Nashville, TN. He is married to Dr. Christina Edmondson and has two lovely daughters. He is the author of The Power of Unearned Suffering.
57 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Embracing Self-Awareness with Mahalia Jackson
Candace Robins joins co-hosts Cyril Chavis, Jr; Noelle Shaw; and Alafia Bailey to discuss self-awareness and its importance for human thriving. They talk about what it is and what it isn't, how friends and community are vital, trends in the black church, the role God plays in our path to self-awareness, and more! They also discuss the life of the queen of gospel music, Mahalia Jackson, and what we can learn about self-awareness from her life. Mrs. Candace Robins is the Partner Services Coordinator for Jackson Leadership Foundation; the Assistant Director of Worship at Redeemer Church in Jackson, MS; and working towards a Master of Arts degree at Reformed Theological Seminary. 01:15 Intro of Guest04:03 Intro of Mahalia Jackson 05:48 Mrs. Robins' journey into music08:01 What is self-awareness?14:16 Does the church embrace self-awareness?19:25 Obstacles and opportunities for Africans in self-awareness32:41 Is community important for self-awareness?40:00 Wisdom from Mahalia Jackson 47:10 Self-awareness and staying in your lane52:50 Final inspirations from Mrs. Robins54:25 How to follow our guest54:40 Prayer
2 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Season 3 Trailer
Co-host Noelle Shaw gives you a sneak peak into what's coming up next! On behalf of the Africana Manna team, welcome to Season 3. Season 3 dropping Friday, September 24!!
2 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Season 2 Outro
Thank you for listening to Africana Manna's Season 2! Please leave a review, letting us know what you enjoyed about season 2 and what you are looking forward to in season 3. Give us some ideas on topics and ancestors you would like to hear about! We want to serve you well, and the only way to do that is to hear from you. See you all in season 3.
82 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Gen Z and Political Engagement - James Cone
Nathan Walton joins co-hosts Cyril Chavis, Jr.; Noelle Shaw; and Alafia Bailey to discuss the youngest and upcoming generation - Gen Z - and how they are engaging the world. We engage the wisdom of James Cone in seeing how theology is meant to be concrete and political. We discuss Gen Z's spiritual longings, their engagement with social media, their fierce activism, and much more! If you are concerned about how to engage Gen Z theologically and practically, this is for you. Dr. Nathan Walton is the Executive Director of Abundant Life Ministries which seeks to demonstrate God's love through holistic community development in Charlottesville, VA. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. In addition to his role with Abundant Life, Nathan serves as Pastor of Formation and Discipleship at Charlottesville Vineyard Church.01:40 Intro of Dr. Walton 04:31 Intro of James Cone11:00 Gen Z's characteristics 25:10 Learning about Gen Z in Ministry 29:20 Gen Z vs. Mills with Being Present34:55 Gen Z vs. Mills with family39:40 Gen Z Political Trends 46:02 Gen Z Spiritual Health 56:08 Wisdom from James Cone 1:02:17 Learning from Different Camps 1:08:33 The Church Welcoming Gen Z1:12:15 The Church Partnering with "Religious Nones"1:16:55 Final Inspirations from Dr. Walton1:18:37 Keep Up with Dr. Walton 1:19:53 Prayer Mentioned Resources:Black Theology and Black Power by Cone
60 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
The Cultural Captivity of the Church - Henry Highland Garnet
Carl Ellis, Jr. joins co-hosts Cyril Chavis, Jr; Noelle Shaw; and Alafia Bailey in discussing the ways that the church has been held captive by traditions and anti-Christian beliefs and practices. They talk about un-churchables (people allergic to institutional church as we know it), white Christianity-ism, the future of Christianity among African Americans, and much more! If you are wondering how the church relates to and engages the surrounding culture, tune in!Dr. Carl Ellis is the Provost's Professor of Theology and Culture for Reformed Theological Seminary. He is married to Professor K.A. Ellis, the love of his life and partner in ministry. 02:03 Intro of Dr. Ellis06:31 Definition of Ancestor 11:25 Intro of Garnet 15:49 Unchurchables in the Nation of Islam and Hebrew Israelites23:31 What is white Christianity-ism?30:47 How have AfAms fought against Cultural Captivity in US?33:34 How have AfAms become captive to the culture?42:37 What's the future of Christianity in AfAm Community?47:41 Lessons on resistance from Henry Highland Garnet52:18 Black Presbyterians in History 54:05 Christian foundations of HBCUs55:11 Final Inspirations from Dr. Ellis57:39 Keeping up with Dr. Ellis58:30 Prayer Mentioned Resources:Free at Last? by Dr. Carl Ellis
1 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Happy Spring Break!
No episode this week! Enjoy your Spring Break, and tune in next week for more Africana Manna. Please take two seconds to rate us, give us a review, and subscribe.
45 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Thoughts On The Black Church PBS Documentary
Co-hosts Cyril Chavis, Jr. and Alafia Bailey reflect on the recent documentary by PBS The Black Church. The reflect on their own experiences in the black church, the complexities of the black church, the rarity of Christians who both believe the Bible and care about justice, and hopes for the future of the church. Are you wrestling with what to make of current day perceptions of the black church and its history? Tune in!02:06 First Impressions 03:50 Personal Impressions of the Black Church 14:45 What We Wished the Documentary Did 29:12 What Did We Really Appreciated About the Doc38:02 Practical Take Aways from the Doc43:20 Prayer Mentioned Resources:Black Theology and Black Liberation by James Cone Africans Who Shaped our Faith by Wright Norton Anthology of African American Literature
74 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Black is Beautiful and the Negro Spirituals - James Weldon Johnson
Irwyn Ince, Jr. joins co-hosts Cyril Chavis, Jr. and Noelle Shaw to discuss the phrase "Black is Beautiful" with the added wisdom of the Johnson brothers who wrote The Books of the American Negro Spirituals. They talk about the importance of black beauty, it's connection to God's purpose in the world, how beauty relates to God's justice, the influence of the spirituals, and more! Rev. Dr. Ince is a pastor and the Executive Director of Grace DC's Institute for Cross Cultural Mission in Washington, DC. He is the 46th Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America's General Assembly. He is the author of The Beautiful Community and has a deep love of CrossFit and kettlebells. 01:35 Intro of Ince03:45 Intro of James Weldon Johnson05:20 What do you think when you hear "Black is Beautiful"?14:40 What does Black beauty have to do with God?20:30 Black is useful vs. Black is beautiful 25:40 Black is beautiful as resistance 28:27 How to evaluate the Black aesthetic 29:06 Beauty of the spirituals 34:38 Looking at Black cultural expressions 44:10 The center of Black Christians' identity 49:05 Johnson Bros and their take on the Negro Spirituals 52:18 The Nobility of the Spirituals 55:26 The beautiful aspects of the spirituals 1:00:12 The spirituals shaping our worship 1:09:02 Dr. Ince's final inspirations 1:10:36 Keep up with Dr. Ince 1:11:48 Prayer Mentioned Resources:Praise and Protest by Common Hymnal (album)The Beautiful Community by Ince The Books of the American Negro Spirituals by Johnson brothers
55 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Letting Your Light Shine - Fannie Lou Hamer
Jemar Tisby joins Co-hosts Cyril Chavis, Jr. and Noelle Shaw to discuss fighting for racial justice. They talk about the dynamics of racism, how history affects the present, the ARC method for racial justice, Fannie Lou Hamer's faith-filled fight against racism, and much more. If you are looking for practical ways to fight racism that are informed by Jesus' life and teachings, look no further! Mr. Jemar Tisby is a speaker, author, and historian. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Color of Compromise and president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, politics, and culture. He is also cohost of the Pass the Mic podcast. Tisby is a PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi where he studies race, religion, and American politics. 01:45 Intro of Jemar Tisby04:12 Intro of Fannie Lou Hamer09:55 What is Racism?14:34 What is Racial Justice?16:02 A Wholistic Approach to Racial Justice22:44 The ARC Method in the Bible29:34 The Role of HBCUs in Racial Justice 40:40 Wisdom from FLH and the Relevance of the Black Church46:53 Partnership Between the Black Church and Non-Christians 51:56 Final Inspirations from Jemar Tisby Mentioned Resources:How to Fight Racism by Tisby In Search of the Talented Tenth by Williams Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by TatumAmerica's Historically Black Colleges and Universities by Lovett
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