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Some of the nation’s most prominent and visible preachers candidly explore the issues faced by African American men in our society. Exposing the struggles that African American men confront daily, often alone in silence, these messages of hope seek to empower men who are attempting to overcome feelings of inadequacy in their roles as husbands, fathers, and employees. Collectively, these messages analyze the social, political, and psychological odds faced by black males and present an awakened spirituality as an alternative to such escapes as drugs, crime, and sexual misconduct.
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Darryl Sims was licensed to preach the gospel at Metropolitan Baptist Church in 1997 under Pastor H. Beecher Hicks Jr. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity in 1999. While at Howard he also served as a summer intern at Bronx Christian Fellowship in New York under the leadership of Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook. In May of 1999, Rev. Sims became the minister of men and evangelism at Mount Olivet Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Charles Booth, and was the coordinator of the church's afterschool program, designed to enhance the spiritual and educational development of male students at the elementary school level.
Sims became the senior pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church of Massillon, Ohio, in 2002, where he provided leadership for the spiritual, educational, and fiscal development of the congregation. The church's membership tripled within six months of his arrival. After serving this church, he was led to help churches on a national level increase their biblical literacy.
He became the national coordinator of pastoral relations for Urban Ministries, Inc., the nation's largest provider of African-American church training materials. He currently serves as the senior pastor of Everlasting Hope Baptist Church of Chicago, and he also owns his own book packaging company, MMGI Books.
Sims is the editor of four books of sermons by prominent black ministers. Through Sound the Trumpet: Messages to Empower African American Men (Judson Press, 2003) and its 2005 sequel, Sound the Trumpet, Again, along with Evangelizing and Empowering the Black Male and These Sisters Can Say It (MMGI Books, 2009), Sims has become nationally recognized as a conduit for providing spiritual and social renewal for black men. He has provided workshops around the country to empower and heal black men. He has also worked with a variety of schools and organizations in the areas of conflict resolution, academic achievement, and enhancement of racial pride.
Because of his commitment to the social justice agenda of the African American community, Sims also served as a volunteer coordinator for the people for the American Way Foundation. In this position he successfully mobilized Chicago-area clergy and the faith community at-large to register their members and become educated about political issues. He was also instrumental in creating and implementing large-scale volunteer recruitment plans for churches, denominational bodies, college campuses and community-based organizations.
Baptist clergyman Sims offers a collection of sermons by prominent black ministers focusing on the spiritual and social crises facing black men and how they can find renewal and redemption. Sims introduces the collection by highlighting the dire circumstances of black men in America: high illiteracy and unemployment rates, poor health and shorter life spans, and high rates of incarceration--half the men on death row are black. These bleak circumstance figure prominently in the sermons from contributors, who include Jeremiah Wright Jr., Charles E. Booth, Walter S. Thomas, Otis Moss, and Ralph West. Using biblical references and contemporary life experiences, the contributors explore the particular problems facing black men and offer powerful messages on overcoming societal and personal obstacles. The ministers take to task the American social policies that perpetuate discrimination, from inequitable public school systems to racial profiling, but also criticize black men who direct their fury at those closest to them. This is a powerful collection of inspirational messages aimed at filling a gap in a genre that has been targeted mostly at black women. Vanessa Bush
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