Publications

Submitted
Walton JL. Have the Sons of Africa Have No Souls?: Manliness, Freedom, and Power in the Cultural Roots of Afro-Phallic Protestantism. In: Sorett J The Sexual Politics of Black Churches. The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life Series, Columbia University Press ; Submitted.
2014
After Ferguson, When Will We Listen?. The New York Times [Internet]. 2014. Publisher's Version
Stationed in the King's Court: Evangelicals in the Age of Obama. Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society [Internet]. 2014;16 (1-2) :79-98. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This article examines the relationship of Barack Obama and an emerging generation of evangelical leaders. It argues that his 2008 presidential campaign courted centrist evangelicals by rendering the Religious Right as extreme and “out of touch” with the American mainstream while framing his longtime pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, as a coinciding extreme voice on the left. To be sure, evangelical centrists typify a longstanding religious tradition of response known as intermediation that has often had access to presidential power. Unfortunately, this strategy of religious triangulation that isolates the “extreme” Right and Left deprives the administration of the moral resources from the Left that could catalyze a robust progressive agenda.

Why We Can't Wait!. The Huffington Post [Internet]. 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract

An Advent Sermon on the Prison Industrial Complex

Walton JL. Liberation and the Prosperity Gospel. In: Pinn A, Cannon KG The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology. New York: Oxford University Press ; 2014. pp. 453-467.
2013
Walton JL. The Shame of Behavioral Health. Harvard Crimson [Internet]. 2013. Article
Walton JL. Waking from a Dream. Harvard Divinity Bulletin [Internet]. 2013;41 (2 & 4) :10-13. Article
2012
Walton JL. Three Words of Caution in the Wake of Another Mass Killing. The Huffington Post [Internet]. 2012. Article
Walton JL. Stop Worrying and Start Sowing! A Phenomenological Account of the Ethics of "Divine Investment". In: Pentecostalism and Prosperity: The Socio-Economics of Global Charismatic Movements. edited by Amos Yong and Katy Attanasi. Palgrave Macmillan ; 2012. pp. 107-129. 2012_stop_worrying_start_sowing_bk_chapt.pdf
2011
Walton JL. Staying Human in a Media Age. Harvard Divinity Bulletin. 2011;39 (3 & 4) :8-11.
Walton JL. Onward, Christian Soldiers! Race, Religion and Nationalism in Post-Civil Rights America. In: Logan J, Riggs M Ethics that Matters: Christian Social Ethics in the 21st Century. Fortress Press ; 2011. pp. 139-158.
Walton JL. For Where Two or Three (Thousand) Are Gathered in My Name! A Cultural History and Ethical Analysis of African-American Megachurches. Journal of African American Studies. 2011;15 (2) :133-154. 2011_for_where_two_or_three_thousand_jr_art.pdf
Walton JL. The Greening of the Gospel (and Black Body): Rev. Ike’s Gospel of Wealth and PostBlackness Theology. Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. 2011;33 (2) :181-199. 2011_the_greening_of_the_gospel_jr_art.pdf
Walton JL. Will the Revolution Be Televised? TV Preachers, Profits and the Prophetic. Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. 2011;33 (2). 2011_will_the_revolution_be_televised_jr_art.pdf
2010
Walton JL. Preachers’ Blues: Religious Race Records and the Reclamation of Authority on Wax. Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation. 2010;20 (2) :205-232. 2010_preachers_blues_jr_art.pdf
2009
Walton JL. TV’s Black Profits: The Impact of the Electronic Church Phenomenon on the Intellectual Activity of African American Religion. In: Pinn A, Valentin B Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans, Popular Culture and Religious Expression. Duke University Press ; 2009.
Black Theology and the Birmingham School: Revisiting a Conversation on Culture. Black Theology: An International Journal. 2009;7 (3) :259-281. 2009_black_theology_and_the_birmingham_school_jr_art.pdf
Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism
Walton JL. Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism. New York University Press; 2009 pp. 300.
2008
Walton JL. Tax Exempt?. The Christian Century. 2008;125 (2) :13.
2007
Walton JL. Empowered: The Entrepreneurial Ministry of T.D. Jakes. The Christian Century. 2007;124 (14) :25-28.