Dr. Isaac Rufus Clark (1925-1990), the son of Reverend James H. and Lillian Clark was born February 15, 1925 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He graduated from New Castle public schools in 1943. After graduation, Clark served in the U.S. Navy until 1946. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilberforce University in 1951, and in 1952, he received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Payne Theological Seminary. Dr. Clark went on to receive his Ph.D. in Theology from Boston University in 1958, after successfully defending his dissertation, Redemption in the Thought of Albert Knudsen and Emil Brunner. Clark was a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He made public his call to the ministry in 1946, and in 1952 he was ordained as an elder. He served pastorates in Milford, Ohio, and in Lynn and New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1955, Clark became Professor of Systematic Theology at Payne Theological Seminary, then in 1960 he became the Dean of the College and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Paul Quinn College in Waco, Texas. In 1962, Dr. Clark joined the faculty at the Interdenominational Theological Center as Professor of Homiletics and Director of Field Education. During his twenty-eight year tenure as a professor, he also served as registrar (1969-1975) and director of the summer session. In recognition of his contributions as a professor and scholar, in 1975 he was chosen to be the first Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center which he held until his death at the age of 64.

The recordings below, dating from 1940 through 1977, contain content from Dr. Isaac Clark’s homiletics class, gospel recordings, student sermons, and lectures from prominent scholars such as Dr. Harry V. Richardson, Andrew Young, and Benjamin E. Mays. For more information about the collection, please visit the Isaac R. Clark Memorial Collection Finding Aid

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Submissions from 1977

The Power to Overcome Failure, and Insights for Performing True Spiritual Piety

Submissions from 1972

Honoring Ceremony for Dr. Josephus R. Coan, Part 1, Oswald Bronson and Josephus R. Coan

Honoring Ceremony for Dr. Josephus R. Coan, Part 2, Josephus R. Coan

Submissions from 1969

Crisis in Politics by Julian Bond, Julian Bond

The Church and Violence, Part 10: The Role of the Preacher, Oswald P. Bronson, Richard G. Hatcher, Harry V. Richardson, and Martin Luther King Sr.

Basic Christian Communication by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

United We Stand Divided We Fall, Isaac R. Clark and Julian Bond

Elements of a Sermon by Isaac R. Clark, and On Belief by Howard Thurman, Isaac R. Clark, Howard Thurman, Harry V. Richardson, and Grant S. Shockley

The Church and Violence, Part 12: Discussions Continue, Ike Ambrose Hindrel, Johnson, and Harry V. Richardson

The Church and Violence, Part 6: The Church’s Response to Violence, Joseph D. Hough Jr., J. Oscar McCloud, and Brunson

The Church and Violence, Part 8: Biblical Examples of Violence, Joseph A. Johnson, L. Harold DeWolf, and Harvey Seifert

The Church and Violence, Part 7: Overt and Covert Violence, F. D. Jordan, Hickman, Ed Carothers, and John J. Egan

The Church and Violence, Part 11: Seminar Reports and Discussions, McKinnon and Josephus Coleman

The Church and Violence, Part 4: The Church’s Response to 1960’s Violence and Social Unrest, Bennie E. Whiten, Perry Fuller, and Musil

The Church and Violence, Part 3: Methods for Black Social Progress, Andrew Young, Harry V. Richardson, Martin Luther King Sr., and Roy Wilkins

Submissions from 1968

Criteria for Judging Sermons Pathos and Logos by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Religion in the News, Clarence Steger and Isaac R. Clark

Religion in the News, Clarence Steger and Albert Sloan

Submissions from 1967

Exams: Discursive and Definitional Questions by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Submissions from 1966

The Negro Education and African American Culture, Vincent Harding and Shannon

Truth and the Undiscoverable and Inescapable God by Dr. Henry P. Van Dusen, Harry V. Richardson, Henry P. Van Dusen, Charles B. Copher, and W. Clyde Clyde Williams

Submissions from 1965

African American Gospel

Boston Pops Orchestra

Organ Music

Interdenominational Theological Center Commencement, Oswald Bronson and Smith

Lecture by Dr. Isaac R. Clark and Student Sermons, Isaac R. Clark

James Cleveland Sings, James Cleveland

Gospel, James Cleveland and Shirley Caesar

James Cleveland and Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland and Mahalia Jackson

What Will You do With Your Talent, W. Kenneth Goodson

Albert Schweitzer’s New Testament Contributions by Joseph A. Johnson Jr., Joseph A. Johnson Jr.

Hard Preparation for Preaching to a Hard Congregation, Harry V. Richardson, Bowen, and John W. Haywood

Submissions from 1964

The Magic Wand by Mrs. Lavenia Koontz, Part 1, Lavenia Koontz and Harry V. Richardson

The Magic Wand by Mrs. Lavenia Koontz, Part 2, Lavenia Koontz and Harry V. Richardson

ITC Missions conference: The Look Ahead, K. LaTourette

ITC Missions Conference: Christendom and Western Civilization, K. S. LaTourette

The Anguish of Preaching by Dr. H.C. McEwen, H. C. McEwen

Thirkhold- Jones Lecture Series: John Wesley and Methodism, N. O. McPherson

Thirkhold- Jones Lecture Series: Living to Excess, N. O. McPherson

Report on Vatican Council Infallibility Vote by Dr. Claude Nelson, Claude Nelson

Submissions from 1963

How to Breed a Scholar

Sermons: Encountering the Everlasting Other, and In Search of Christian Maturity

Sermons From John 5:2-9, Psalm 116:12, and Prayer

Criteria for Judging Preaching by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Critique on Preaching and Ministry Identity by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Standards of Judgment for Preaching by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Theological Definition of Preaching by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Theological Definition of Preaching: Divine Activity, Grace, Sin and Truth by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Theological Definition of Preaching: Gospel of Repentance and Relevant Preaching by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Theological Definition of Preaching: Proclaimed or Announced by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

The Propositional Element of a Sermon by Dr. Isaac R. Clark, Isaac R. Clark

Emancipation Centennial Address by Mordecai Johnson, Mordecai Johnson

In Pursuit of Freedom for Three Hundred and Forty Four Years: Emancipation Anniversary by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, Benjamin E. Mays and Harry V. Richardson

ITC Missions Conference: Introducing Strangers to Hinduism, Part 1: Tools of Evangelism by Dr. Henry Pressler, Henry Pressler

ITC Missions Conference: Introducing Strangers to Hinduism, Part 2: Three Views by Dr. Henry Pressler, Henry Pressler

Ministerial Orientation Types by Dr. Henry Pressler, Henry Pressler

ITC Missions Conference: Should Christians Evangelize in India, Saxena and Hakim

This is Rural Life by Dr. Ralph Williamson, Ralph Williamson

Submissions from 1962

Student Reports on the 19th Ecumenical Student Conference on Christian World Missions, George Calvin, John Cabot, Ralph Allen, and Thomas Hoyt Jr.

Sermon: United We Stand Divided We Fall, Isaac R. Clark

World Council of Churches Report by Student William H. Graves, William H. Graves

The Bible and Modern Translations by Dr. Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick

The Magic Wand by Mrs. Lavenia Koontz, Part 2, Lavenia Koontz and Harry V. Richardson

Report on Chief Impressions of the New Deli Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Harry V. Richardson, R. R. Wright, and W. H. Graves

Submissions from 1961

Dialectic Nature of Christian Theology: A Theology of Humanity

Agriculture Lecture and Sermon from Luke, Isaac R. Clark

Christology and the Theology of Karl Barth, Guthrie

Thirkhold- Jones Lecture Series: The Power to Live in Purity, Gerald O. McCulloh

Thirkhold- Jones Lecture Series: Three Facts for the Contemporary Christian, Gerald O. McCulloh

Lecture and Protestant Hour, Robert Skinner

History and Development of the AME Church by Dr. McCullen, Thomas and McCullen

The Deadline of War: Moral Law in the Age of Technology by Dudley Ward, Dudley Ward

Submissions from 1960

Church Administration and Sermon

Ethical Demands of Christianity by Henry H. Crane, Henry H. Crane

Sin and Liberal Christianity, H. E. Fosdick

ITC Matriculation Day Address: Human Resources for Religious Living by Dr. Samuel C. Kincheloe, Samuel C. Kincheloe and Harry V. Richardson

Theological Education and Young Churches and Theological Schools, Charles W. Ranson and Frank P. Graham

Justice in the Marketplace, Samuel M. Schumacher

Principles of Church Administration, Robert Skinner

Submissions from 1958

The History and Future of Gammon Theological Seminary, Harry V. Richardson, Bowen, and John W. Haywood

Thirkhold- Jones Lecture Series: Moral Transformation of Man and the Man-Made Universe, Pitirim A. Sorokin

Thirkhold- Jones Lecture Series: The Crisis of Western Civilization, Pitirim A. Sorokin

Submissions from 1955

A Healthy Sense of Guilt by Theodore Ferris, Theodore P. Ferris

Men, Accidents, and God by Theodore Ferris, Theodore P. Ferris

The Need to be Shocked by Theodore Ferris, Theodore P. Ferris

Submissions from 1941

What is Our Religion Doing and The Best In Us by Dr. H. E. Fosdick, H. E. Fosdick

Submissions from 1940

A Decisive Birth and The Spirit by Dr. H. E. Fosdick, H. E. Fosdick

History, Dictators and God by Dr. H. E. Fosdick, H. E. Fosdick