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With God in the Crucible: Preaching Costly Discipleship [Paperback]

By Peter Storey (Author)
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Often the church is accused of being so embedded in the culture that effective prophecy is impossible. But there is a time and a place where the call to risky discipleship is answered not with whimpers 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. Drawing upon a collection of sermons and addresses given in a variety of contexts, Peter Storey preaches to Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, the nation of South Africa, and to us--here and now.

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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

Citations And Professional Reviews
With God in the Crucible: Preaching Costly Discipleship by Peter Storey has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 08/23/2003 page 41
  • Publishers Weekly - 08/12/2002 page 296


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  068705253X  
ISBN13  9780687052530  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Storey is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duck Divinity School. Professor Story is a former President of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, past president of the South African Council of Churches, and was Methodist Bishop of the Johannesburg/Soweto area for 13 years. A native South African, he was national leader in the church's struggle against Apartheid. Dr. Storey was appointed by President Mandela to select the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Peter is also a video host on part of the United Methodist's bible study DISCIPLE IV.

Peter Storey was born in 1938.

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Powerful sermons that concisely tell the story of the fall of apartheid in South Africa  Nov 13, 2008
I was moved to tears and deeply challenged by this tale of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa--illustrated by the concise sermons of Peter Storey. In 1990, apartheid began being dismantled. In 1994, the first democratic elections were held. Storey was involved before, during and after these events. Storey was the pastor of Central Methodist Mission Methodist in Johannesburg from 1976 to 1989; Methodist Bishop of the Johannesburg/Soweto area from 1984 to 1997; and Professor of the Practice of Christian ministry at Duke Divinity School from 1999 to 2006. Storey himself is a white South African but served alongside black leaders like Desmond Tutu who wrote the foreword.

It took me about 4 hours to read the 175 pages. There are 23 sermons here which may sound like a lot but they are only 2-5 pages each. Each sermon is prefaced by a description of the dramatic events that occasioned the sermon. The sermons launch from a relevant Scriptural text and are illustrated with poignant stories and powerful quotations.

Retired United Methodist Bishop Ken Carder required this book for first year MDiv students in his Introduction to Christian Ministry course at Duke Divinity School and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
 

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