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THE AFRICAN WONDER </br>“BLACK HARRY” HOOSIER </br></br> A Gospelizer of Distinction
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His phenomenal preaching beyond racial barriers greatly impacted revival in the 2nd-Great Awakening of 18th-century colonial America. Lessons from His Life, Witness, & Beliefs.
The African Wonder “Black Harry” Hoosier
A Gospelizer of Distinction
The African Wonder “Black Harry” Hoosier recovers the story of the little known but very influential Methodist revivalist in the 2nd Great Awakening (1790s–1830) of the colonial period in American history. “Black Harry” was an illiterate ex-slave, yet phenomenal lay preacher who effectively reached masses of Blacks and countless whites across the racial barrier. He converted many souls to Christ, challenged racial prejudice and swelled Church membership. Though Black Harry was unable to read a word, a Bishop noted he was one of the “best preachers in the world.”
Due to the racially motivated and shortsighted inaction of some leaders, the Methodist Church never fully empowered Black Harry for greater service by ordaining this outstanding exhorter to a higher office. Nevertheless, the grace and power of God continued working mightily in the fiery preaching of His humble servant. His powerful Gospel ministry greatly influenced the major spiritual transformation that took place in the generation he served.
The African Wonder “Black Harry” Hoosier highlights significant lessons from the life, witness, and beliefs of this prominent Gospelizer. His “Good News” legacy testifies about prophesying, Koinonia-izing, kindred-loving, and Cross-bearing—a Black evangelical message certainly needed in the contemporary Church. The favorite, perhaps most effective sermon of Black Harry was the parable of“The Barren Fig Tree” (Luke 13:6-9).