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Where Are All the Brothers?: Straight Answers to Men's Questions about the Church Paperback – May 9 2008
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A candid, straightforward confrontation of the excuses African-American men use to remain absent from the church.
"With trained head and tender heart the author enters the domain of the reader just as a physician enters the examining room. He responds to disturbing questions by giving biblical and practical prescriptions for help and healing."
―Sheila M. Bailey, President, Sheila B. Ministries, Dallas
"Redmond gingerly affirms the black man while taking biblical truths to dispel myths surrounding the church. Men, keep this evangelistic tool in your pocket!"
―Monique Robinson, Former Pastor of Women's Discipleship, Faithful Central Bible Church, Inglewood, California; author of Longing for Daddy
About the Author
Eric C. Redmond (PhD, Capital Seminary and Graduate School) is professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and associate pastor of preaching and teaching at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He is a teaching fellow for the C. S. Lewis Institute in Chicago and a fellow of the St. Augustine cohort of the Center for Pastor Theologians. He previously served on the council of the Gospel Coalition and as the senior pastor of two churches. Eric and his wife, Pamela, live in Winfield, Illinois, and they have five adult children.
- Publisher : Crossway (May 9 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433501783
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433501784
- Item weight : 96 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.74 x 17.78 cm
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In fact, "Where Are All the Brothers?" is "theology in disguise." It is a practical manual written with wit and wisdom in particular for the black male who has a litany of reasons for being unchurched.
Chapter by chapter in bite-size chunks, Pastor Redmond helps men to digest biblical and practical answers to questions they have about the value of Christianity and the Church. He challenges men to give him ten minutes for nine days. His prayer is that his male readers will be transformed by truth and in turn African American churches will experience a reformation as an army of African American men march back into leadership in church and society.
In many ways, Pastor Redmond writes like the great African American pastors of the past--Rev. Richard Allen, Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne, Pastor Peter Randolph, Pastor Lemeul Haynes, and so many other stalwarts of the faith. They share in common the courage of their conviction that God's truth sets men free.
Day by day, Redmond disabuses men of lies about Christ, Christianity, and the church. Day one: addressing hypocrites in the church. Day two: explaining the inspiration of Scripture. Day three: interacting about the role of men and women in the church. Day four: exploring the preacher's calling. Day five: contrasting what Islam claims to offer Black men and what Christ offers all men. Day six: discussing the church and money. Day seven: defending organized religion. Day eight: honoring the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. Day nine: outlining eight marks of a healthy church.
What we have here is the ability to communicate. Pastor Eric Redmond has penned an "ecclesiology for everyday life" (a practical defense of the relevance of the church--especially for the black male who has his doubts).
But this book is not only for the black brother. It is for all brothers and sisters. And it is not only for those who are not attending church. It will strengthen the faith and resolve of church members also. "Where Are All the Brothers?" is enticing, educating, equipping, and empowering reading for all believers.
Reviewer: Robert W. Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Soul Physicians , and Spiritual Friends .