“Building Bridges” — A Worship Service at Mother Emanuel AME Church

It was my honor to participate in a multi-denominational worship night themed “Building Bridges” at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.  This gathering was hosted by the South Carolina Baptist Convention on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.




Order of Service (note the times that each element appears in the recording)

  • Invocation (46:00)
  • Choral Anthem – Hear My Prayer* (49:20)
  • Welcome to Worship – Marshal Blalock – President of SCBC & Pastor at First Baptist Charleston (52:45)
  • Congregational Hymn 
  • Welcome to Mother Emanuel – Rev. Eric S. C. Manning – Pastor of Mother Emanuel (1:03:04)
  • Testimony – Rev. Anthony Thompson (whose wife is one of the “Emanuel 9”) (1:09:00)
  • Choral Anthem – Order my Steps
  • Sermon – Dr. Ronny Floyd (1:35:20)
  • Congregational Hymn
  • Sermon – Dr. Walter R. Strickland II (2:06:40)
  • Choral Anthem Total Praise*
  • Prayer – Dr. D. E. Green, president – National Baptist and Missionary Convention of South Carolina (2:38:10)
  • Congregational Hymn
  • Presentation of Thanks to Mother Emanuel (2:46:58)
  • Congregational Hymn
  • Benediction

* Choir composed of members from Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church & First Baptist Church Charleston


A Letter from a Birmingham Jail: 50+ Years Later


In honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I was asked to lead a forum that explored King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail sponsored by the Sam James Institute of the Summit Church in Durham, NC. Our hope was to reacquaint ourselves with the letter and its author, in order to discuss how the letter’s content is applicable today.  Here is an outline of the video marked by a timestamp:

  • Quotes by MLK (through 33:30)
  • Welcome by Bowe Butler (33:31)
  • Introductory Comments by JD Greear: Why this conversation is important for a church to have (35:37)
  • My introduction to Dr. King and the Letter from a Birmingham Jail (59:01)
  • Panel discussion (1:09:30)