Item description for Preaching Through a Storm: Confirming the Power of Preaching in the Tempest of Church Conflict by H. Beecher Hicks...
Overview Drawing on his own experience in shepherding a church through a difficult building program, the author explains how to survive the storms of pastoral ministry spiritually and emotionally.
The context was a building program for an urban congregation. The beginning bore no omens of controversy. But before long, both the pastor (the author) and the congregation found themselves in a storm that threatened the church's very existence and the pastor's future in ministry. It is common in this kind of storm that neither the preacher nor his flock will expect to hear from God. But the arresting message of this book is that it is often through the preaching itself that God speaks to the issues of conflict. It is through preaching that the issues are resolved, and neither the pastor nor the people are left unchanged. By example and by precept this book shows how to weather a storm in the only successful way--by preaching through it under the guiding hand of a compassionate God who knows our human anguish. This is a book you cannot afford to ignore. For, as one preacher puts it, you're either "coming out of a storm, in a storm, or heading for a storm."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Preaching Through A Storm?
Renewed Hope and Strength through the Storms... Dec 9, 1999
This ministers help book is DEEP and reaches to the very root of ministry...the part your average preacher refuses to touch. There is comfort in knowing that even though storms are sure to come in all of our lives ...there is a Blessing in them also. The candor of this writing equates to what I believe Raw God is like!
I have read this book in its entirety many times! It continues to refresh me and my ministry each time.
An Excellent book on Black Pastoring in America May 22, 1999
I had an opportunity to hear a sermon from Dr. Hicks as he was the featured pastor at a conference in Winston-Salem, NC. It is there that my wife purchased this book for me.
This book is very informative and very provactive in the way Dr. Hicks presents his personal vantage point upon the ever present and on going storms in the church (especially the African American church).
He presents a litany of sermons that he has composed over the course of tumultous times during the construction of a new edifice, for a church that he has recently been called to pastor.
The sermons are prefaced by a prologue that gives a scenario of why this sermon, and follows with an epilogue of how the sermon was effective.
You will be moved to tears with some of the dialogue Dr. Hicks presents and you will be very enlightened with his biblical interpretations and prayers.
If you love good preaching and teaching buy this book!