“It’s getting hot in here,” Anthony Cade said from the pulpit at Corinthian Baptist Church one recent Sunday. “But don’t none of you take off your clothes.”
Quoting the Nelly song got some laughs from the full sanctuary of worshippers of all ages, as did a mention of the Tyler Perry character Madea. Preaching each week while he fills in as interim minister until the church’s new full-time pastor begins this June, Cade tries to pepper his sermons with references the congregation can identify with.
They don’t come only from pop culture. Cade, 27, also talks in his sermons about divorce, abortion and fornicating as things anyone in the congregation could have done and “still be a saint,” as long as “you give yourself over to Jesus Christ.”
It’s a far cry from his own church upbringing.
“The church I grew up in was much more traditional,” Cade said. “But to keep up with the time, modern-day society, the church is evolving.”
Speaking about real-life issues is one of the most important aspects of Cade’s ministry, he says. It comes from his own experience struggling with his religion when he fathered a child in high school.
“Having a child in the 12th grade and being a Christian is very challenging,” Cade said, “because that defies what you believe.”
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SOURCE: The Des Moines Register