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Pastor Eric C. Redmond writes with a burning passion for revitalization in the African American church. For Pastor Redmond, such revival begins with theology. While that word (theology) may terrify some, Pastor Redmond realizes how relevant theology is to everyday life.
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.
A great read, much needed not just for African American Male's, but for any man running from the Church, very helpful planning on purchasing copies to distribute to friends & relatives also will recommend for reading by our Men's Ministry. I highly recommend to any man young or old!!!!!!
The author never really answers the question, "Where are all the Brothers?" It is a rhetorical flourish that leads into his evangelizing. It was a good read, but not what I expected. The author does suggest several other books to read at the end of each chapter. This is a book designed to get the reader back into the pews.
This is an awesome book. While short and compact... it carries a big punch! This is an apologetics book for a neglected populace of Christ's Church. Should be read by every single Black man no matter what theology you hold. And... by every other man in the true church. I highly endorse this book.
Eric Redmond is a competent writer, theologian, and apologist that winsomely handles some of the foremost objections to Christianity in this small book. It is a great tool to put into the hands of many skeptics and doubtful church members alike.