With God in the Crucible by Peter J Storey
Preaching Costly Discipleship

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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

 

About Peter J Storey

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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.
 
Published September 1, 2010 by Abingdon Press. 176 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Instead, it is Storey's words over nearly 30 of the most intense years of the anti-apartheid struggle, when he played a crucial role as, among other things, president of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, president of the South African Council of Churches and prison chaplain to Nelson Mandela.

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