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The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors (Anyabwile)

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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 (1753-1833) reminds pastors that eternity must shape our ministry. Daniel A. Payne (1811-1893) stresses the importance of character and preparation to faithful shepherding. And Francis J. Grimké (1850-1937) 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, Anaybwile's work is valuable as a reference as well as a devotional resource.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Lemuel Haynes – Pastoral Ministry in Light of Eternity

The Character and Work of a Spiritual Watchman Described (1792)

The Important Concerns of Ministers and the People of Their Charge (1797)

The Sufferings, Support, and Reward of Faithful Ministers, Illustrated (1820)

Part 2: Bishop Daniel A. Payne – A Vision for an Educated Pastorate  

Who Is Sufficient for These Things? (1852)

The Christian Ministry: Its Moral and Intellectual Character (1859)

The Divinely Approved Workman: Semi-Centennial Sermon (1874)

Part 3: Francis J. Grimke – The Gospel and the Church in the World

The Afro-American Pulpit in Relation to Race Elevation (1892)

Christianity and Race Prejudice (June 5,1910)

The Religious Aspect of Reconstruction (February 19, 1919)  

Christ’s Program for the Saving of the World (February 28, 1936)



Thabiti M. Anyabwile is pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. Pastor Anyabwile and his wife, Kristie, have three children.



"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, Sovereign Grace Ministries

"Stories of faithful men of God - puritans of the richest kind. This book is a splendid achievement." - Derek W. H. Thomas

"Reading The Faithful Preacher is like being introduced to three long-lost spiritual grandfathers and their legacy of pstoral fidelity." - Ligon Duncan, senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS; Adjunct Professor, reformed THeological Seminary

"As an African-Aermican I welcome this book with great enthusiasm. Is reminds the braod 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 Bradley, Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary


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