Sounding the Trumpet | How Churches Can Answer God's Call to Justice (Smith and Berndt)
For 40 years, J. Alfred Smith, Sr. served as the Senior Pastor for Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, a church with a national reputation for its ministry of black empowerment and liberation.
In 2002, he began mentoring a young, white preacher from Harvard, Brooks Berndt. Eventually, as the pastor of a church in white suburbia, Berndt longed to see the same spirit of liberation come alive in his own congregation. Through an exchange of letters, Smith offers sage advice and wisdom as Berndt turns his longing into reality. The result is an intimate glimpse into the story of two friends who encounter the challenges of responding to God’s call for justice, but, ultimately, find a wellspring of hope and inspiration.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Rev. Brooks Berndt, PhD is the UCC’s Minister for Environmental Justice and a blogger for The Pollinator: The UCC Environmental Justice Blog.
The Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. is the Distinguished Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministries at American Baptist Seminary of the West and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He is additionally Pastor Emeritus at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California. For 40 years, he served as the Senior Pastor of Allen Temple. Today, Allen Temple is one of the largest churches in Oakland with roughly 5,000 members. Smith has also served as the President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He is the author of over 15 books.
Publisher: a pair of docs publishing (2013)
Paperback: 241 pages
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
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