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“From The Shepherd’s Staff —The Remix: Words of Impact, Empowerment and Witness for a Challenging World” is a book that captures multi-platform reflections of a pastor to the church and the larger society.  These reflections are devotional, self-improvement material designed to bring the Bible, the newspaper, and life’s challenges together in a comprehensive fit, and to show spiritual and alternative ways of viewing what continuously happens around us every day. Because of their broad impact, these words extend from the congregation to the community at large.  They serve as a primer on how to integrate one’s Christian witness into one’s daily life.




Dr. Frank Thomas, Professor of Preaching at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana, and CEO and Co-Executive Editor of the African American Pulpit, said of Dr. Hutchinson that he...has distinguished himself as a great communicator and critical interpreter of the events of our time with a unique perspective that joins theology and current events. From these weekly contributions of “From the Shepherd’s Staff” to his weekly television program, he has sought to unapologetically interpret the events of our times and days through the lens of African American Christianity, or what he calls “Christoafrocentric” thought. Hutchinson sees his responsibility as an undershepherd that helps “congregants, through an understanding of the Bible, be able to interpret and navigate the times in which they live.”...Based upon wise scholarship and deep compassion, Hutchinson addresses the issues of our day, and is, what many churches are criticized for not being, relevant. He is relevant to the needs, issues, concerns of his church community and the community outside the doors of the church. I without hesitation recommend this book to clergy, laity, and anyone who seeks to be relevant to the community that they serve. Hutchinson is a wise man, with wise thoughts that can change the world.


Dr. Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, and the Director, African American Studies Program, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, writes...This collection of life-supporting and humanizing mini-sermonettes builds upon and revives a vital teaching tradition of the great preachers of the Black Church while speaking to the nation and the world about the many ways we can live the gospel in every day life.   The Shepherd's Staff is a christoafrocentric message that empowers its readers to live a Christianity that builds a more just and gracious world--"a kingdom of love and light."



There was a busy Cleveland street, where children played and the mail came every weekday. Neighbors looked out for each other, and fellowshipped through barbecues and other social gatherings. Yet there were at least three young girls who lived in the shadows. Like the man who was robbed in the above text, they found themselves off a popular thoroughfare and in need of help.


Their church didn’t check on them. The school got tired of sending notices home. The amber alert got drowned out by newly minted ones, especially those from neighborhoods more tony and prosperous. The businessmen with means didn’t stop in that neighborhood, but passed quickly through on their way to other places. But a dishwasher named Charles Ramsey, with an un-cashed paycheck in his pocket, heard the cry coming from the shadows and answered the call. Today, three women who had been missing for ten years or more, and a young child, now enjoy the routine freedoms afforded to all of us because of his actions.


The problem, however, is that Charles Ramsey is a Samaritan. His “look” isn’t right, and his syntax is worse. What happened to a suit for a national interview, instead of the backwards baseball cap? Why won’t you take the award money? Don’t you wash dishes for a living? And we now find out that you have a criminal record and you’ve done jail time. We don’t like Samaritans—you know, those people who aren’t like “us.”...



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