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With God in the crucible : preaching costly discipleship
Storey, Peter John, 1938-
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Nashville : Abingdon Press, [2002]

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175 pages ; 23 cm
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BX8333.S76 W58 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Often the church is accused of being so embedded in the culture that effective prophecy leveled at the culture is impossible. But this book illustrates that there was a time and a place where the church community was faithful to its mission as the body of Christ, as church leaders led, people lifted high the cross, and they marched into the uncertainty that still prevails. Here is a time and place where the call to risky discipleship was answered not with whimpers, whines, and excuses, but with the power of faithful Christians living out their call. This book illustrates what it can mean to faithfully answer the call to discipleship and God's service.

Many people wonder if they would be able to stand up for their faith if it meant great personal sacrifice or the sacrifice of people they love. They wonder what they would risk for their faith, if anything. In the United States where cost/benefit analysis is a popular way to assess risk, many Christians wonder if they might not have to stand alone, because too many see the risks as too costly.

As suggested by the title, this book draws upon a collection of sermons and addresses given by Peter Storey in a variety of contexts between 1966 and 1993. The original audiences ranged from the all-white Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, to the South African Council of Churches, to the nation of South Africa, and to the world. All of these sermons and addresses are directly related to specific historical events: security police confrontations, beatings, and tear-gassings in churches around the country of South Africa; an imposed State of Emergency; the murder of 14-year-old Stompie Sepie by Winnie Mandela's thugs; and the violent jockeying for power between Mandela's African National Congress, Chief Mangosutho Buthelizi's Inkatha Movement, and F. W. de Klerk's regime.

The book offers the full perspective of what it means to speak truth, empower people to stand for the truth, and to pastor souls during times when living truth seems almost impossible.

Key Features: 1. Foreword by Desmond Tutu 2. 15 chapters, each including a brief description of the original context, the sermon and its connection with the present, and a prayer 3. Epilogue by Will Willimon

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This anthology of sermons and addresses delivered by Storey, professor of Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School, is no ordinary sermon collection. Instead, it is Storey's words over nearly 30 of the most intense years of the anti-apartheid struggle, when he played a crucial role as, among other things, president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, president of the South African Council of Churches and prison chaplain to Nelson Mandela. Storey's discourses offer more than an inside look at a crucial period (1966 to 1992, roughly the same period covered by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission). In an era where terrorism and the "war on terror" leave us hungry for deeper truths, Storey speaks with the prophetic authority of apartheid's darkest, most violent days. "We need to care while caring is still possible," he says to a half-empty church the Sunday after the Soweto riots where the South African police gunned down marching school children. While this book will be a rich resource for ministers and study groups, its compelling ethical voice invites anyone interested in the anti-apartheid struggle, social justice, or models of leadership for challenging times. An introduction and footnotes guide the reader who is unfamiliar with the historical and political context of apartheid. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved