Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
FM 1:2 (Spring 1984) p. 73
Books By The Faculty
Sermons at Spring Hope, by James H. Blackmore. Raleigh: Edwards and Broughton Co., 1983. 140 pp. $9.50.
Although a selection of only ten sermons preached by Dr. Blackmore while serving as pastor (1951–1961) and later as interim pastor (October 10, 1982-February 1, 1983) at Spring Hope, this book is more than a “book of sermons.”
Dr. Blackmore came to the church as pastor following his graduate work at the University of Edinburgh. His introduction is a warm recollection of those years revealing his deep love of the people as he ministered to them from the pulpit and in pastoral care. This opening section draws us into the life of this faithful pastor and his family that makes the volume throb with life as one reads the sermons. It is a vivid picture of a pastor in a small “down east” North Carolina village faithfully fulfilling his calling as a “good minister of Jesus Christ.”
The first sermon, The Clay of Our Humanity, expounds the biblical doctrine of man, always with personal application to the lives of his hearers as well as his own. The next two, Our Thirst for God, and The Fatherhood of God, develop man’s insatiable thirst for the “Living God” and Jesus’ great revelation to us of the fatherhood of God. The following sermon, Man’s Dominion, was preached on January 26, 1958, in celebration of Dr. Jonas E. Salk’s perfection of the polio vaccine. The message reviews the biblical injunction that man exercise dominion over the earth, with further exposition of many other discoveries as evidence of man’s obedience to the command to “subdue the earth.”
The fifth sermon, Understanding the Bible, expounds on the nature of the scriptures, with practical suggestions helping laymen adequately to interpret the Bible. The following two sermons, What the Bible Says About Segregation, and One God, were preached on the occasion of the Supreme Court decision in 1954, calling for the desegregation of the public schools in America. In their present form the author has expanded on the themes with additional historical materials along with his biblical references. They were, and are, courageous dealings with a timely yet controversial subject out of the heart of a brave and loving pastor.
The three sermons, Getting Ready for Christmas, The Christmas Spirit, and Another Way, are based on familiar Christmas texts in each of which Dr. Blackmore offers unique insights that again apply the biblical materials to the everyday lives of his beloved congregation.
The sermons reflect the sound biblical and historical scholarship of the author without losing the common touch with the li...
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