WHEN LOVE PREVAILS: A Pastor Speaks to a Church in Crisis; by J. Herbert Gilmore, Jr.; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1971; 141 pp., $3.95. [Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko]
A number of years ago a crisis faced the First Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama. This crisis, reported throughout the country, was brought about when a colored woman and her twelve-year-old daughter applied for membership in the Church. There were those in the church who favored extending membership to these colored; there were those who did not. By a vote of the congregation, membership was refused. During this whole time of crisis, Rev. Gilmore. preached a number of sermons addressing themselves to this issue. This book contains these sermons. Eventually the church split. Those who favored admitting colored formed a separate congregation which then engaged in extensive evangelistic work among the blacks of Birmingham. These sermons demonstrate vividly the sentiments of one who believes strongly that the calling of the church has social overtones.