Devotional lends contemporary African-American perspective to Lenten tradition

VALLEY FORGE, PA (2/1/17)—Inspired by the need for a practical, spiritual resource addressing the Christian calendar from an Afrocentric perspective, Glenn E. Porter Sr., M.Div., D.Min., wrote “Journey with Jesus through Lent.” This new Judson Press book takes readers on a faith pilgrimage for the sacred season.

Based on the Gospel of Luke, this unique, prophetic and inspiring resource will transform your congregation’s experience of the Lenten season by following in Jesus’ footsteps on the road to Jerusalem and the cross.

The book consists of seven weeks of meditations, including an African proverb or other saying and Bible readings for Holy Week. Each week opens with a spiritual theme for the week: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, Bible Study, Service and Gratitude.

John Kinney, dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, states: “This insightful work will lead you from heartache to hallelujah, and I invite all to take the journey.”

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith says, “This book is a much-needed playbook for serious spiritual renewal.”

“Glenn Porter’s ‘Journey with Jesus through Lent’ is a brilliant spiritual resource,” notes religious leader the Rev. Dr. Henry H. Mitchell. “It is also a practical help for reading the Bible and offers real insight into human experience.”

An American Baptist minister and contextual theologian, Porter is passionate about church, academy and community. He is senior pastor at Queen Street Baptist Church, Norfolk, Va. He also serves as adjunct associate professor of Religious Studies at Tidewater Community College and is a volunteer chaplain with the City of Norfolk Police Department.

Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists in answering God’s call to promote Christian faith across the United States and Puerto Rico to cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and heal and transform communities, by developing aligned action networks and programs.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with more than 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.