New Xulon Commentary Outlines Saving Urban Communities

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Rev. Dr. Johnson raises critical issues that the church has neglected to address

PROPHETIC SPEECH IN A NON-PROPHETIC AGE - Addressing Urban Issues Through Social Preaching

... blueprint for engaging in issues that trap individuals in positions of isolation and class warfare ...

Within the pages of Rev. Dr. Earl C. Johnson’s new book, Prophetic Speech In A Non-Prophetic Age, ($20.99, paperback, 9781498402033; $9.99, e-book, 9781498402040) readers review the burning social issues of today while challenging America’s urban churches in the area of Prophetic Speech in a Non-Prophetic Age. In his deep-seated analysis, the author discusses ways to save urban communities by addressing the pathologies that trap people into positions of isolation and class warfare. He believes that the “prophetic voice” of local churches has been silenced while its congregations suffer from a leadership dearth in the church community, the silence of black clergy on social issues, the myths surrounding health care, the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the mass incarceration of black men and women. A compelling question raised in this book is: Does the African American church have a social agenda for congregations that are suffering from bad political policies, poverty, job loss, social engineering, voter suppression, community violence and mass incarceration?

“I hope all readers – especially those who practice Christianity socially and follow a liberal interpretation of the bible and have a heart for saving humanity from the ills of society – would find in this book a blueprint for engaging in issues that trap individuals in positions of isolation and class warfare, among other things,” states the author.

Rev. Dr. Earl C. Johnson is Pastor of the Martin Street Baptist Church. He holds a master of divinity degree and a doctor of ministry in urban ministry and congregational studies. A former print journalist and instructor, he has been involved in the social gospel movement for more 30+ years. He has a BA in journalism and has written for many publications. He was one of the first voices of the “Moral Monday” Movement in Raleigh and worked against the resegregation of public schools. He was jailed along with 945 other moral Monday protesters in 2013.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Prophetic Speech In A Non-Prophetic Age through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

Media Contact: Rev. Dr. Earl C. Johnson
Email: ecornell1990(at)gmail(dot)com

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