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The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors Paperback – March 2, 2007
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"Do yourself a favor; read this book, and share it with others."
—Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; president, 9Marks
"Thabiti 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."
—C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church, Louisville, Kentucky
"Reading The Faithful Preacher is like being introduced to three long-lost spiritual grandfathers and their legacy of pastoral fidelity."
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
"Stories of faithful men of God-puritans of the richest kind. This book is a splendid achievement."
—Derek W. H. Thomas, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; chancellor’s professor of systematic and pastoral theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Acts (Reformed Expository Commentary)
"As 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."
—Anthony B. Bradley, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, The King's College
"With biblical and historical insight, Thabiti would have us admire and thank God for the labors and lives of three men-clear demonstrations of what the pastoral ministry should be, regardless of race, color, or nationality."
—Anthony J. Carter, Assistant Pastor of Southwest Christian Fellowship; Author of On Being Black and Reformed
"At 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."
—Joseph M. Stowell, President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
About the Author
Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
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Anyabwile chronicles the life, ministry, and preaching of Lemuel Haynes, Bishop Daniel A. Payne, and Francis J. Grimke. After a succinct but full-orbed historical introduction, Anyabwile provides several primary source sermons for each African American preacher, preceding each by contextualizing the setting.
The result is a captivating, eye-opening look at the historic legacy of African American preaching. In the hands and from the words of these giants of the faith, we come to understand the great heritage of Evangelical Black Preaching. While historically only Lemeul Haynes was known as "the Black Puritan," all three preachers exhibit the honorable traits of Puritan/Reformed pastors and preachers.
For an introduction to the African American legacy of the pulpit ministry of the Word, "The Faithful Preacher" is a beautiful read. For an introduction to the African American legacy of the personal ministry of the Word (soul care and spiritual direction), readers may find "Beyond the Suffering" a compelling companion volume.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
To do this, [the blogosphere's own] Thabiti Anyabwile has turned to three prominent African American preachers of days past. He says "those who have gone before us, old friends with old ideas, have left us a proven track record of faithfulness and fruitfulness." The old friends he turns to are Lemuel Haynes, Daniel Payne and Francis Grimké.
For each of the book's three subjects, Anyabwile provides a brief biography, a reflection on some of the accomplishments of their lives, and a selection of some of their most important sermons. The biographies are somewhat reminiscent of what John Piper has done with his The Swans are Not Silent series, moving beyond mere biography and looking instead to meaning and church-wide impact. His first subject, Lemuel Haynes, who lived from 1753 to 1833. Anyabwile focuses on Haynes' emphasis on viewing the pastoral ministry from the vantage point of eternity and the accounting that pastors will give to the Lord. For Payne (1811 to 1893) he shows how Payne instructs us on how importance of preparation and education, both in intellect and character, affect both the minister and his flock. And for Grimké (1850-1937), he describes the challenge this minister has left us to remember that the church and pastor, as they confront the world and the world's problems, is first and foremost to teach and to live out the gospel.
In the lives and ministry of these men you will see men who model what it means to be faithful preachers. Anyabwile chose them principally because of "their consistently high and biblical view of the pastoral ministry. They greatly esteemed the privilege and responsibility of caring for God's people, of cultivating and leading a 'pure' church, and of dedicating one's self to representing Christ before a dying world. They were puritans. They committed themselves to sound theology in the pulpit, theologically informed practice in the church, and theologically reformed living in the world. They saw Christ in all things and endeavored to see Him glorified before all people."
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Faithful Preacher and am glad to recommend it. It is an interesting read and one that focuses some long-overdue attention on men who were faithful preachers and who have much to teach the church even today (and perhaps it would be better to say especially today).