The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors
Crossway, 2007 - 191 pages
The cliché is that those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. But Thabiti Anyabwile contends that it is not the mistakes we must study; it is the people who have overcome them. So he presents three of the most influential African-American pastors in American history who can teach us what faithful ministry entails.
Lemuel Haynes (1753Ð1833) reminds pastors that eternity must shape our ministry. Daniel A. Payne (1811Ð1893) stresses the importance of character and preparation to faithful shepherding. And Francis J. Grimké (1850Ð1937) provides a vision for engaging the world with the gospel. While they are from the African-American tradition, they, like all true saints, belong to all Christians of every background and era. Distinctive for its use of rare and out-of-print messages, AnaybwileÕs work is valuable as a reference as well as a devotional resource.
ÒDo yourself a favor; read this book, and share it with others.”
ÒThabiti Anyabwile introduces us to past African-American voices calling pastors to faithfulness in life and doctrine. This is the kind of book we pastors need.”
ÒReading The Faithful Preacher is like being introduced to three long-lost spiritual grandfathers and their legacy of pastoral fidelity.”
ÒStories of faithful men of GodÑpuritans of the richest kind. This book is a splendid achievement.”
ÒAs an African-American I welcome this book with great enthusiasm. It reminds the broad evangelical world of the provocative, deeply theological, missional, and culturally engaging tradition of African-American gospel preaching. A must read for all church traditions.”
ÒWith biblical and historical insight, Thabiti would have us admire and thank God for the labors and lives of three menÑclear demonstrations of what the pastoral ministry should be, regardless of race, color, or nationality.”
ÒAt last a great book that taps the fresh water that flows from the heart of three great African-American preachers of the past! We have much to learn from them.”