From the Heart of a Pastor, J. Alfred Smith Sr.

by Martha C. Taylor Foreword by Otis Moss Jr.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/10/2020

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781973686217
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781973686194
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 346
ISBN : 9781973686200

About the Book

This book captures over three decades of Dr. Smith Sr’s prayers, pastor pens and sermon outlines. First, he demonstrates that the Bible is a lasting and sure foundation for powerful preaching. Secondly, Pastor Smith demonstrates that relevant preaching does not seek to hide God in techniques of popularity and hunger for quick success. Thirdly, Dr. Smith Sr., demonstrates that we cannot lead people to God with godless preaching and teaching. A commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not require us to despise, demean and disrespect other faith traditions. When Jesus healed he did not ask for birth certificates, nationality oaths ethnic or racial loyalty oaths. Jesus is an inclusive Redeemer and Liberator. This book is a must read for pastors, professors, parents, students and others who desire to grow in the knowledge of preaching, praying and applying God’s words to the deeper human rights struggle. The section on prayers reflect petitions to God for varying occasions; congregational prayers, public events, church anniversaries baby dedications, bereavements, sickness, intercessory prayers, weddings, funerals and a host of others. Using ordinary words, they reflect sincerity, simplicity and selflessness. Lastly, in the tradition of keeping in touch with the congregation, the Pastor Pen is a weekly bulletin Sunday writing that varies from current events, biblical subjects, and others challenges the church may be experiencing including financial appeals and a reminder that giving is a part of worshiping.

About the Author

Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith Sr, is the renown pastor Emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, Ca. He has authored over 20 books in the area of Religion and Christian Education. He holds the distinguished title of professor emeritus of Christian Ministry at the American Baptist Seminary of the West and has been a professor at the Graduate Theological Union. He served as President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Dr. Smith Sr. continues to be a sought after national speaker.