By Theo Lehmann,Richard V. Pierard,Edwin P. Arnold
Theo Lehmann was once additionally the best-known student of jazz and blues tune within the GDR. certainly those musical kinds expressed so good his personal eager for freedom. His attractiveness as an evangelist unfold some distance past the slender confines of East Germany, and he used to be named to the Lausanne Committee for international Evangelization. His desires have been fulfilled by means of the autumn of the Berlin Wall, and he used to be then loose to proclaim the be aware of God in the course of the reunited Germany.
The writer of over twenty books and composer of various songs extensively sung in church buildings and evangelical gatherings, Lehmann is at the present time his country's most appropriate evangelist. His existence is a rare witness to the facility of God and one person's faithfulness to the gospel message.
This publication brings to gentle the gripping account of Lehmann's unbowed witness to Christian religion amid the totalitarian oppression of Nazi Germany. in addition, it bargains a compelling case learn of the way revitalization can ensue even, and particularly, amid such adversarial stipulations, for which there are lots of purposes in our cutting-edge.
--J. Steven O'Malley, John T. Seamands Professor of Methodist Holiness background, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
It turns out to me that Theo's curiosity in jazz is itself a sworn statement to the liberty the Spirit brings--the improvisation in which God counters the darkish passages of existence lower than tyranny. i'm hoping Theo's tale will profoundly problem these folks in North the USA to gain back that the gospel isn't just approximately our own salvation, yet that Jesus is Lord over all of the powers--political, financial, cultural--which so simply seduce us.
--Leighton Ford, President Leighton Ford Ministries, Lifetime Honorary Chair, Lausanne Committee for global Evangelization
On my first stopover at to the German Democratic Republic approximately 40 years in the past, I heard of a bold younger pastor named Theo Lehmann, whose use of blues and jazz within the provider of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ was once frightening Communist officers and beautiful to nice numbers of German teenagers in the Marxist method. This sparklingly instructed narrative should still command broad recognition and cautious reading--lest we forget.
--Robert Kolb, Missions Professor of Systematic Theology, Director of the Institute for challenge reviews, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis
Edwin P. Arnold taught German in public colleges from 1958 to 1968 and at Clemson collage from 1968 to 2000. He led twelve study-abroad teams into either Germanys among 1980 and 2000.
Richard V. Pierard is Professor of historical past Emeritus at Indiana country collage and previously Stephen Phillips Professor of background at Gordon university, Boston.
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Blues Music and Gospel Proclamation: The Extraordinary Life of a Courageous East German Pastor by Theo Lehmann,Richard V. Pierard,Edwin P. Arnold