Book Review: Faith In The Fire: Wisdom For Life
Book Reviewed by Kam Williams
"Amazingly, many people of faith and members of the reading public have not heard of Gardner Taylor or his accomplishments. Publication of Faith in the Fire attempts to rectify this by providing an accessible introduction to Dr. Taylor's enduring wisdom...
In 1948, Taylor became pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Brooklyn, the church where he earned his reputation as a champion fighter for social justice and community uplift, and received acclaim as one of the great preachers in American history… Faith in the Fire: Wisdom for Life adds a unique contribution to Dr. Taylor's legacy by attempting to gather his philosophical gems and present them in a fashion that readers can easily access."
--Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs xii-xxi)
Despite being born the grandson of slaves in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on
June 18, 1918, Gardner Calvin Taylor earned degrees from Leland College and
Oberlin Graduate School of Theology before becoming the legendary pastor of
Brooklyn's Concord Baptist Church at the age of 30. And over the course of
his enduring career there, he earned a reputation as one of the best
preachers in the nation.
During the Civil Rights Movement, he also served as a mentor and confidant to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with whom he co-founded the Progressive National Baptist Convention. So, it only makes sense that the wealth of cultural contributions made by this eloquent pioneer for social justice, now 93, should be preserved for posterity.
The task of editing six decades worth of sermons and papers fell to Reverend Edward L. Taylor, no relation, a former resident fellow at Harvard University. The upshot of that effort is Faith in the Fire: Wisdom for Life, an enlightening opus distilling Dr. Taylor's insights on a variety of subjects ranging from love to God to race to politics to motherhood to family.
For example, the author muses about the prospect for a Second Coming of Christ, suggesting that, upon His return, Jesus, "would be assassinated, lynched, or, if you prefer, crucified as before." Thought provoking pearls of wisdom from the Poet Laureate of Progressive Protestantism.
Words of Gardner Taylor Preaching Library [CD-ROM]
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Gardner C. Taylor (Author)
Publisher: Judson Pr (November 30, 2006)
You may have heard him preach. You've probably read his sermons. But until now you've never had access to his preaching library on CD-ROM! This comprehensive preaching resource includes:
- The Words of Gardner Taylor, Volumes 1–6
From the NBC radio sermons of the 1960s to the powerful message delivered at President William Jefferson Clinton's inauguration, these six volumes of sermons, essays, lectures, and interviews catalog the vast career of the man that Newsweek proclaimed "one of the twelve greatest preachers in the English-speaking world."
- "Wide Visions from a Narrow Window"
From Essential Taylor II Audio Sermons
Included as a bonus—one of Dr. Taylor's most beloved messages provided in his own powerful voice!
- The Holy Bible
Search and study the Scriptures in the classic King James Version and the contemporary "dynamic equivalent" translation, GOD's WORD.
- Classic Bible Reference Tools
"Talking" Strong's Greek and Hebrew Concordance
Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible
Torrey's Topical Textbook
Easton's Bible Dictionary
- Study and Devotional Resources
Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Daily Devotional
Fox's Book of Martyrs
WORDsearch Outlines of the Bible
Weekly Bible Reading Plan
150 Bible Photos
The New WORDsearch 7 with Bible Explorer includes a number of practical features that make it easy to create your own sermon as you work with the material on the CD-ROM:
Mouse-over Magic— Place your cursor on a Scripture reference or Strong's number, and the entire text or definition will pop up for you to see!
Cross-References— Look up a Scripture, and WORDsearch 7 will cross-reference all the books in your library that refer to the verse you have selected.
Parallel Bible Display— Start with the KJV and GOD's Word, and then expand your library from the nearly 500 Bibles currently available from WORDsearch!
Color Highlighting — Highlight texts in any Bible or book, using 12 different colors. Add or erase highlighting any time.
Verse Lists —Use the built-in note pad to capture your comments and group verses into sections that you title. Create Verse Lists from searches or links, and build a sermon right there!
Super Strong's— The only Bible software with "Talking Strong's," the concordance that lets you hear any Greek or Hebrew word, in addition to providing clear, printable fonts.
Search Options— "Search Anything" locates any word or phrase in any Bible or reference book in your library. "Topical Search" scans all books with a topical index and shows you everything in your library related to a specific word or phrase.
Exclusive Discussion Groups — Exchange sermon ideas, lessons, prayer requests, and questions in an exclusive, protected online community of other WORDsearch 7 users.
Community Library— Download free books and articles from the Community Library. They become a permanent, searchable part of your personal library. Plus enjoy a free 30-day trial to the subscription component of the Community Library!
Video Tutorials — Get all the help you need for navigating this software and its powerful tools by using WORDsearch 7's online video tutorials!
The Words of Gardner Taylor Preaching Library on CD-ROM software is compatible with several versions of Microsoft Windows for PC, from Windows 95 through Windows XP.