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Press Release July 23, 2012: TruthWorks Network announces Soul Afire A Radio Talk Program in the Spirit

TruthWorks Network announces Soul Afire

A Radio Talk Program in the Spirit




Souls Afire with Dr. Matthew Johnson joins the TruthWorks Network August 1, 2012


“A community that does not analyze its existence theologically is a community that does not care what it says or does. It is a community with no identity.”

                                                                                                                     Dr. James Cone, on Black Theology


Boston, MA – July 23, 2012 

TruthWorks Network is proud to present a new and urgent broadcast experience . . . Soul Afire.  Soul Afire is a live talk radio program hosted by Dr. Matthew V. Johnson, Sr. The call-in program Inspires and Incites the personal spirit to come alive and reach for the fire within. Whether your life moves in the nests of tumbleweed against desert dryness or flows quietly in the sanctuary of lush foliage of a tropical riverbed, you live by the realm a claimed or neglected human spirit.  Soul Afire is about the human Spirit and how it navigates Blackness. The program will feature Dr. Johnson’s weekly commentary, “Spirit Matters”.

                     From Matters of Religion to Matters of Politics…Spirit Matters

                                                       Spirit Matters.

Since slavery, the black church has served as a primary place for moral and social formation in the black community. The black church provided a refuge from suffering and a place to hear the hope of God’s plan to redeem all things because of what was finalized at the cross.

Teaching that desire for more material possessions is a sign of one's religious piety is simply offering a justification for crass consumerism. Prosperity theology elevates greed to a virtue instead of leaving it as one of the seven deadly sins. Dr. Johnson’s razor-sharp understanding of the intersection of race, culture and religion will find his listening audience wanting more . . . more insight, more encouragement toward a more courageous Spirit.


Matthew V. Johnson is one of the most profound and prophetic voices of his generation. His book is a serious and substantive probing into the tragic character and content of African American religion – a creative transvaluation of the Christianity given to Black people. Don’t miss this powerful work!”

--Cornel West, Princeton University


Soul Afire is as Ed Blum described Dr. Johnson’s book " The Tragic Vision of African American Religion", ” looking into, around, over, and beneath African American religious experiences and employing insights from modern psychology and philosophy, he provides a new perspective on black religion; he shows how, amid their sorrows and sadness, black men and women have created faith. From their tragic experiences, they found visions of God and community, visions that haunt and help every day.”


The call-in program airs LIVE  10 pm ET on TruthWorks Network


An archive of each episode of Soul AFire will be available for on-demand listening immediately following the show or listeners can subscribe to the archives via the RSS feed located on the host page at Read more about the host and the discussion on Soul Afire at


About Reverend Dr.  Matthew V. Johnson


Author    Scholar    Pastor


 Matthew V. Johnson, Sr., is a graduate of Morehouse College and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophical Theology from the University of Chicago. He has done post-graduate studies in Psychoanalysis and is a member in training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. In the ministry for thirty years, Dr. Johnson is the Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd-Baptist located in Atlanta, GA. In the course of a thirty year ministerial and pastoral career, he served three ministries in Greensboro, NC.  He was pastor of United Institutional Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC and was Founder and Pastor of Manasseh Baptist Church. 


He is the author of three major theological works.  They include, “The Tragic Vision of African American Religion”, an analysis of African American religious subjectivity and understanding of the religious experience and its theological implications. “The Passion of the Lord: African American Reflections” a book which presents the biblical, historical, and theological roots of African American views, and, mostly recently “Onesimus Our Brother” examining the letter which contains so many of our unconscious assumptions about religion, race, and culture.


About TruthWorks Network


In a 1985 interview with Janice Graham, the founder of TruthWorks Network, Dr. Amos Wilson said this, “ If we do not persist to talk with each other in respect in regard to our condition  we cannot expect to ever raise ourselves up  . . .  independent conscious talk show like give us that opportunity, to organize, regroup and build consensus and affirmation. It assists us in raising ourselves up  . . .  there are dire consequences when we do not engage in honest and serious dialogue with each other, if we do not ultimately we  head toward total demise.”


TruthWorks Network offers programming which values, maximizes and includes the special perspectives of Black American.  Ours is a platform and microphone for the “Black truth” on America.  It is a place where we come to examine, declare our injury, heal ourselves and prepare for new battles with new solutions.  At TruthWorks, we dare to believe in the Power of Truth.


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