Celebrating Biblical Heritage Second Baptist Church Offers Series of Sermons on Blacks in Scripture
Spak, Kara, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kara Spak Daily Herald Staff Writer
As African-American Heritage Month comes to an end, Elgin-area residents still have time to participate in a unique offering at Second Baptist Church in Elgin, a church with long ties to Elgin's black community.
On Sundays throughout February, Pastor Nathaniel L. Edmond is offering a series of sermons on the historical role of blacks in the Bible.
On Feb. 23, Edmond will conclude the series by offering answers to the question, "Where do we go from here?"
All the sermons are geared toward the church community's multicultural membership, and all are invited to hear Edmond speak.
"We are created in the image and likeness of God," Edmond said. "We are blessed to be black. We want to make sure we feel good about us."
The story of Africans in the Bible may start with the Garden of Eden, which geographic references suggest may have been in Africa.
Ham, one of Noah's sons, may be the first black man in the Bible, Edmond said.
"Ham's name in Hebrew means dark race, or black," he said. "Ham is considered the father of the black race."
Through a series of language translations and geological clues, Edmond's sermons give a historical perspective to the significant role blacks have played in ancient, biblical times, starting with Adam and working up to the life of Jesus. …