Down Deep in my Soul : An African American Catholic Theology of Preaching
By: Rev. Maurice J. Nutt
“Maurice Nutt is a master preacher, and it shows. This gem of a book is not only timely but necessary for every preacher, student of preaching, and libraries at schools of theology.”—Eddie De León, CMF, assistant professor of pastoral ministry and preaching, Catholic Theological Union
“The Black Catholic preaching voice is part of America’s DNA. Maurice Nutt makes it plain—the Holy Spirit impels us to hear this story and to preach and evangelize from this deeply Catholic, proudly American source of Gospel and cultural authenticity. This book deserves our attention!”—Gregory Heille, OP, professor of preaching and evangelization, Aquinas Institute of Theology
“Maurice Nutt has created a preaching masterpiece for the Roman Catholic Church. In speaking specifically about the Black Preaching Style, he has provided the Church with a prophetic word to awaken people from the numbness of despair to the vitality of joy in hope.”—timone a davis, DMin, assistant professor of pastoral theology, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University, Chicago
“For ordained and lay homilists alike, Father Maurice J. Nutt, has given the Roman Catholic Church and her Protestant siblings a pioneering must-read. Here’s a work whose time has come, and we who preach God’s Word can now say, enthusiastically, Hallelujah and Amen!”—Kenyatta R. Gilbert, PhD, professor of homiletics, Howard University School of Divinity
In this work, Maurice J. Nutt offers a comprehensive treatment of preaching in the Black Catholic tradition, drawing on African American spirituality and culture, the role of preaching, how to construct a sermon in the Black style, and the connection between preaching and evangelization among African Americans.
Rev. Maurice J. Nutt is a Redemptorist missionary priest, who received a doctorate in preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He has served as director, The Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana. He is a 2022 inductee into the Dr. M.L. King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. He edited Thea Bowman: In My Own Words, and is the author of Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free.