Friday, January 04, 2019

Dean Powery Publishes 'Were You There?'

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Duke Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery, an associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School, has published a new book Were You There? Lenten Reflections on the Spirituals.

In these devotions for the season of Lent, Dean Powery leads the reader through the spirituals as they confront the mystery of Christ’s atoning death and victory over the grave. Each selection includes the lyrics of the spiritual, a reflection by the author on the spiritual’s meaning, a Scripture verse related to that meaning, and a brief prayer.

Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, the African American spirituals provide profound insights into the human condition and Christian life. Many spirituals focus on the climax of the Christian drama, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ways in which those events bring about the liberation of God’s people.