The Black Church at its Best tells the rich history of the Black Church with introductory porch stories told to the author by his father. During these days of focus on diversity, Dr. Larry Macon comes forth with the declaration that the uniqueness of the Black Church must be acknowledged. His treatment of the Black Church from its West African roots to its present posture, as a vehicle of self-identity and social change, is a work well worth reading. The Black Church at Its Best is a challenge for the Christian community-at-large to embrace the theology, preaching, and hermeneutical genius of a people who have survived the seemingly impossible and continue to be a model worthy of respect and emulation. Dr. Charles E. Booth, pastor, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio There are few scholars who have the love and appreciation for the Black Church as does Dr. Larry Macon. This work will help the reader glimpse not only the theology of the Black Church but also the sociology of its community. It is a must read for every student of the Black Religious experience. Walter Scott Thomas, senior pastor, New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland"