Magazine article The Crisis

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Magazine article The Crisis

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Checking Out the Nation's Bank

The entire July/August 2006 issue of The Crisis was informative. The article written by William E. Spriggs in the "Issues & Views" section about the Federal Reserve Board of Governors provided essential and basic information not generally known by the ordinary layperson. Thank you. I had already concluded that President Bush did not wish to appoint a Black male as chairman of this extremely powerful body regardless of Roger Ferguson's excellent and outstanding qualifications. [Ferguson served as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1999 to 2006.] His thorough knowledge of the "workings" of the Federal Reserve Board will be missed.

Emily Grace Jones Jefferson

Silver Spring, Md.

Voices from the Pulpit, Congregation

I am appreciative of the attention The Crisis has called to the counter-civil rights model of Black mega-churches in the Word of Faith tradition ("Where Do We Go From Here?" July/August). However, the fundamental problem of such churches is not that they have strayed from the Dr. King model; it is that they have completely lost the countercultural message of Christ. That is, many Black mega-churches, as a microcosm of the modem Black church, simply have assimilated the American Dream philosophy from our culture and substituted it in place of a theology of cross-bearing.

Rev. Eric C. Redmond, Pastor

Hillcrest Baptist Church

Temple Hills, Md.

Thanks so much for the informative article on Black mega-churches vs. traditional churches. Since history proves that the traditional and orthodox theological positions (as pursued by Richard Allen, Martin Luther King Jr., etc.) were highly effective in helping the masses, we should adamantly go back to the old paths. Such orthodox and traditional pursuits compelled tens of thousands of us to deny self-gratification and be more concerned about helping the masses attain spiritual and social liberation. …

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