Be My Witness
Format: Paperback
Book Code: J242
Pages: 192
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: 9780817017729
PubDate: 2016

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Best-selling author, veteran pastor and professor, and now president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle returns to his passion for preaching in this new book, which explores the Great Commission as recorded in Acts 1:6-8, “Be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Be My Witness offers a unique approach to the preaching task and suggests a way for preachers today to declare the gospel with relevance to the many issues and challenges society faces. McMickle explores the implications of what it means to be a witness for Jesus and considers a three-fold understanding of the word witness:

  • Seeing something
  • Saying something
  • Suffering something

Suggesting this passage be heard by preachers as a combination ordination charge, pastoral installation message, and seminary commencement address, McMickle develops a twenty-first century theology of preaching that encompasses both content and context for delivering the gospel message. Specifically, he explores the preacher’s need to wait for the Spirit’s power, to be Christ’s witness in the world, and to widen the scope of ministry—to the ends of the earth.

Key features:

  • Provides an exegetical examination of Jesus’ words in Acts 1:6-8
  • Promotes sermon content  that is faithful and attentive to justice, and the people and problems within a minister’s particular local church and community

Editorial Reviews:

“In this fine, biblically and theologically grounded book, Marvin McMickle recalibrates the compasses of all gospel preachers, sending us along the true path of courageous and prophetic witness. Guided by Jesus' challenge to ‘be my witnesses,’ McMickle shows how faithful preaching leads the preacher and the church into places of wonder and danger and into the vortex of the most urgent issues of our time.  Every student of preaching and every pastor should read this provocative volume.” —Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Emeritus, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

“Rooted in a biblical and theological vision of preaching, Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle’s new book reminds readers of the expansive call of Christian preaching. He teaches that preaching’s theological end is to reach the ends of the earth, not just those warming the pews. His embrace of preaching as a global vocation leads to the affirmation that the world is indeed our parish while he also affirms that without the Holy Spirit, preaching will perish. This book reveals what it means to be a witness for the Lord; thus preaching is more than words but includes deeds, even bending one’s knees on holy ground.  Reading this will make you utter what should be the beginning of all sermon preparation, “Come, Holy Spirit.” —Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, Dean of Duke Chapel, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Duke University

 “I read Be My Witness and was reminded of the central task of preaching, fulfilling the Great Commission. Marvin McMickle has demonstrated once again that he is one of the most important interpreters and chroniclers of preaching in the twenty-first century. I immediately buy his every book and recommend that anyone who loves preaching do the same.”  —Frank A. Thomas, Professor of Homiletics, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana

“Once again, Dr. Marvin McMickle has done the Christian church and its leadership a tremendous service in this seminal work, Be My Witness: The Great Commission for Preachers.  All the way from challenging preachers to consider our theology of preaching to avoid dull uninspiring repetitions week after week, to urging us to lift our prophetic voices in the face of social crises, Be My Witness is sure to shake us out of our comfort zone as preachers and challenge us to take bold risks for the cause of Christ and his kingdom.” —Dr. James C. Perkins, President, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

 “In his usual inimitable style, Marvin McMickle again takes on the role of prophet to the prophets. He presents a timely challenge to twenty-first century preachers to evaluate the substance of their preaching in light of Christ's call to be witnesses of the gospel. He reframes Christ's mission directive recorded in Acts 1:6-8 as a call to preach justly in the present age. This book is a must-read for every present and future preacher, and its message is as timely as the commission from Christ is timeless.” Gennifer Brooks, PhD, DMin, Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching, Styberg Preaching Institute Director, and Dean of ACTS DMin. in Preaching Program, Garrett Theological Seminary

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