Zera Today with Dr. Lorenzo Neal

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As we come to the close of Black Heritage Month, I've discovered a pattern of history that doesn't seem to be authentic. I am finding that the Black History/Heritage narrative has been usurped and mainstreamed. Is it an injustice to the legacies we celebrate when the black history narrative is whit…
It's Black Heritage Month and we are once again celebrating black firsts and historical moments allocated to us by the majority. However in the midst of this month, there have been problems of black identity with politicians, celebrities, and even in the church arena. Who and what defines Black Ame…
In two week's time, two megachurch pastors have seen the fatality of ministry. Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church in Indianapolis abruptly resigns from leading the church and the leadership decide to close the church, and in California, Pastor Jim Howard fatally shoots himself after losing a…
With the growing number of ethical and moral violations within its ranks, to many in the Christian faith community, church leadership has become as contaminated as secular leadership. In their book "Overcoming the dark side of leadership, McIntosh and Rima present Christian leaders with guides to h…
The Lifetime Channel documentary "Surviving R Kelly" once again brought the scars of sexual exploitation to the front of Black American culture. The problem of sexual exploitation of children, women, and even some men has yet to be fully addressed by black churches. How can the black church be proa…
It is now 2019 and many have made their resolutions to do better for 2019. Confidently starting the year off can be a great thing if it is supplemented with discipline and continuiity. Join Dr. Neal as he disccusses spiritual disciplines that can assist you in going into 2019 with confidence and Go…
As the Christmas holiday and the end of the 2018 year approaches, there is quite a bit to reflect on. Dr. Neal shares his holiday and year end reflections on this broadcast and reviews some of the top stories that shaped 2018. 
Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church recently made national headlines a couple of weeks ago when he allowed members to freely take money from offering baskets during a worship service. This week he made news again after gifting his wife a $200K Lamborghini vehicle and she gifted him a $4K Rolex wa…
The Advent Season has arrived and while many are preparing and planning for Christmas day, as believers we should use this time to reflect on the reason for that day of celebration. I have much to reflect upon this advent season and will share some of those reflections as well as my thoughts on som…
This broadcast was originally recorded in May 2018 and uploaded. Tune in weekly with Dr. Lorenzo Neal for discussions on great topics on Zera Today. Visit www.lorenzotneal.com and order your copy of "A Breach in the Family" book today.
Recently a well known and influential pastor and ecclesiastical leader with the Pilgrim Assemblies of the World, Archbishop Michael E. Turpin made church news by being the subject of gossip regarding mental health issues many clergy face. Turpin and his wife are in serious conflict over her alleged…
The church has been called a hospital for those who need healing from whatever trauma they experienced before their conversion to Christ followers. There are however those who feel that the church is also a toxic environment for persons in recovery, those who've been abused, and those who are still…
The Bible is full of stories of heroes and villains, antagonists and protagonists. In the New Testament, we read of the Pharisees and chief priests' opposition to Jesus' ministry, and in some of Paul's epistles, we read of his oppostion to those he didn't like or didn't like him. This was prevalent…
With the recent passing of Archbishop Roy E. Brown, his widow has made the news as the Pilgrim Church placed a notice of eviction from their million dollar residence. This raises questions about the responsibilities of a church to the pastor's family following the passing of a pastor. Should a past…
The term "social justice warrior" has become embedded in the ranks of activists involved in various causes across the country. One would think that social activism and social justice would be something all Christians could get behind, unfortunately, it is seemingly causing a great rift in American …
Today, hundreds are protesting the shooting of a black man in Chicago by the police. They seem to once again be crying out against an act of aggression to an unarmed black man. This month also marks the 5th anniversary of the beginning of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Has the BLM and others like…
In 2 Corinthians the Apostle Paul gives a rant about his role as an authentic apostle and rails against those who opposed him in some capacity. He even discussed how his various tribulations and revelations give him the necessary authority to function in his role. Recently, gospel recording artist …
WIth the release of a single video this week, artist Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) created a frenzy that has the entire country discussing what is America really. The death of iconic scholar and theologian James Cone also reignites the argument of the need for a black liberation theology in the …
Fifty years ago while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was killed by an assassin's bullet. Dr. King's legacy has not gone unnoticed over the last 50 years. It was carried on by his wife and children and extended family and friends through…
While today is being celebrated by lovers all around, today is more special than Valentine's Day. Today marks the 258th birthday of Richard Allen, founder and first elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, abolitionist,  …
It is once again Black Heritage/History Month. We will spend these short days reflecting on the struggles blacks have overcome in this country. One thing that has always stood out within black culture is a strong spirituality and religious expression. Some argue that this is a sign of one's authent…
It's a new year and new topics and news to be explored and discussed. Pastor Neal discusses some of the headlines of the new year and gives an overview of what to expect in this 8th season of the Zera Today broadcast.
This is a rebroadcast of Episode 5813: Diversified religious experiences of blacks that originally aired on May 8, 2013. Blacks across the African diaspora experience wonderful spiritual experiences that should be acknowledged. Let Pastor Neal know that you're enjoying Zera Today. Visit his website…
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX was disrupted with gun violence leading to the deaths of 26 of God's children and the injuring and emotional trauma of dozens more. As a country we have seen our share of tragic gun violence in sacred spaces including chu…
Recently the headlines have been full of news about POTUS Trump and his less than eloquent and empathetic conversation with the widow of a fallen soldier. POTUS Trump has taken time to undermine any efforts of the truth coming to light regarding his comments. While this is nothing new for POTUS Tru…
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Started
Jun 21st, 2010
Latest Episode
Feb 20th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
209
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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