Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

Another preaching hero of mine is Dr. James Forbes, Jr.

Dr. Forbes is Senior Pastor Emeritus of the historic Riverside Church in New York, where he served for 18 years. His erudite, sophisticated intellect, is in sharp contrast to the stereotype I carried for years of Christians of his background. Forbes' early spiritual formation in the Pentecostal Church, with its charismatic worship, is usually thought of in juxtaposition to theological scholarship and ecumenical ministry. But throughout his career, Dr. Forbes has demonstrated a commitment to social justice, Biblical preaching and the strengthening interdenominational and interfaith relationships.

Dr. Forbes after retiring from the pastorate of Riverside, Dr. Forbes became the founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation ( is a non-partisan, interfaith, not-for-profit organization for the promotion of a holistic understanding of health and wellness. It seeks to broaden the awareness of the inter-relatedness of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and community health. Healing of the Nations Foundation encourages individuals, families and communities to be seriously committed to achieving and sustaining good health for themselves and to find specific areas where they may offer their support for the health and wellness of others. It seeks to promote conversation and where possible, cooperative ventures across boundaries of faith traditions, professional disciplines and cultural perspectives.

Here is an example of Forbes' gifted insight into scripture and it's relationship to our world's imperative for peace and justice...

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