Protest as Preaching. The Pneumatic Proclamation of Black Lives Matter


  • Edgar “Trey” Clark III



Black Lives Matter, homiletic, perspective, support


This article explores some of the recent protests in support of Black Lives Matter from a homiletical perspective. Specifically, the author argues that these protests reflect a non-traditional form of pneumatic or Spirit-inspired proclamation that can enrich the church’s preaching in a time of crisis. The article is arranged into three sections. First, a pneumatological framing of proclamation is proffered in order to interpret protest as a mode of Spirit-inspired preaching. Second, drawing on the author’s experience as a participant-observer in select protests in Southern California, three snapshots of proclamation at protests are offered. The article concludes by suggesting that the pneumatic proclamation of recent protests challenges the church in the United States to hold together three key dialectical tensions in its proclamation: lament and celebration, particularity and universality, and word and deed.

Author Biography

Edgar “Trey” Clark III

Edgar “Trey” Clark III, born 1986, is an Assistant Professor of Preaching at Fuller
Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, USA.