Pastor Jomo K. Johnson penned his new tome Call Tyrone: Why Black Women Should Remain Single Or… in response to what he witnessed within his North Philadelphia flock.

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Single black women are abundant in his church, in a reflection of the larger urban neighborhood in which his congregation resides. The minister believes that previous books have addressed this widespread problem, but have failed to tackle the issue from the deeply religious perspective. Call Tyrone aims to change that.

“I know that African-American women make up such a large number of the African-American church, and they’re not finding how to hold relationships, how to hold husbands. I feel like there’s a real strong need for the subject to be spoken about, from a pastoral standpoint, “People have talked about it from a social standpoint, but I think it’s important […] to address it from a Christian pastoral standpoint.”” Johnson an interview with The Christian Post.

Johnson provides that absent Christian perspective on the single black woman phenomenon that has been reported on so widely. By including biblical passages to support his ideas, without being too “Bible heavy” (as he put it), Johnson uses Call Tyrone to counter criticisms that the black church “keeps black women single.”Read the rest here.

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In the viral 2010 essay, How Black Churches Keep African American Women Single and Lonely, the author claims that too many black women attend church thinking God will send them a Godly man while being exploited by the preacher and the few men there socially, economically, and even sexually.