Selected Publications


Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, New York University Press, 2009. Reviewed in Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, The Journal of Religion, Journal of American Ethnic History, Modern Theology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Religious Studies Review, Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, and The Chronicle of Higher Education

Special Issues

Will the Revolution Be Televised? TV Preachers, Profits and the Prophetic, Special Issue of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Vol. 33, number 2, 2011. Edited and Introduction by Jonathan L. Walton. Contributors: Jonathan L. Walton, Josef Sorett, Monique Moultrie, Debra J. Mumford, Darnell Moore and Anthea Butler.

Journal Articles

“Stationed in the King’s Court: Evangelicals in the Age of Obama,” in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 16, numbers 1-2, 2014, pp. 79-98. 

“The Greening of the Gospel (and Black Body): Rev. Ike’s Gospel of Wealth and PostBlackness Theology,” in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Vol. 33, number 2, 2011, pp. 181-199.

“For Where Two or Three (Thousand) Are Gathered in My Name! A Cultural History and Ethical Analysis of African-American Megachurches” in Journal of African American Studies, Vol. 15, number 2, 2011, pp. 133-154. 

“Preachers’ Blues: Religious Race Records and the Reclamation of Authority on Wax” in Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, Vol. 20, number 2, 2010, pp. 205-232. 

“Black Theology and the Birmingham School: Revisiting a Conversation on Culture” Black Theology: An International Journal, Vol. 7, number 3, 2009, pp. 259-281.

Book Chapters

“Have the Sons of Africa Have No Souls?: Manliness, Freedom, and Power in the Cultural Roots of Afro-Phallic Protestantism,” in The Sexual Politics of Black Churches, edited by Josef Sorett, The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life Series, Columbia University Press, submitted, anticipated 2015 

“Liberation and the Prosperity Gospel,” in The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology, edited by Anthony Pinn and Katie G. Cannon, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 453-467. 

“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. 

“Onward, Christian Soldiers! Race, Religion and Nationalism in Post-Civil Rights America,” in Ethics that Matters: Christian Social Ethics in the 21st Century, edited by James Logan and Marcia Riggs, Fortress Press, 2011, pp. 139-158. 

“TV’s Black Profits: The Impact of the Electronic Church Phenomenon on the Intellectual Activity of African American Religion” in Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans, Popular Culture and Religious Expression edited by Anthony Pinn and Benjamin Valentin, Duke University Press, 2009, pp. 231-248.

Magazine / newspaper articles

Op-Ed: “After Ferguson, When Will We Listen?” in The New York Times (The Opinion Pages/ On The Ground with Nicholas Kristof), November 26, 2014. 

“Waking from a Dream,” in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Vol. 41. Numbers 2 & 4, Summer/Autumn 2013, pp. 10-13. 

Op-Ed: “The Shame of Behavioral Health” in The Harvard Crimson, 9/13/2012 

Op-Ed: Three Words of Caution in the Wake of Another Mass Killing, The Huffington Post, 12/16/2012 

“Staying Human in a Media Age,” in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Vol. 39. numbers 3 & 4, Summer/Autumn 2011, pp. 8-11. 

“Tax Exempt?” Lifestyles of the Rich and Religious,” in The Christian Century, Vol. 125. Issue 2, 1/29/2008, p. 13. 

“Empowered: The entrepreneurial ministry of T.D. Jakes,” in The Christian Century, Vol. 124. Issue 14, 7/10/2007, pp. 25-28.