Everybody Hurts – A Foray into the Minor Prophets

Richard Bradbury (2017)

Christian Life & Practice   Non-fiction

The minor prophets are often neglected and rarely preached on. Perhaps we are frightened of prophetic texts or find them inaccessible, or perhaps we just can’t see what relevance the 2000-year-old rantings of a bunch of dead men have in the 21st Century world. Journey through this book and see a present-day application; relevant for your life today.

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Many see the Minor Prophets as dusty old men who are irrelevant to the 21st Century world. However, on further reading, we encounter real people who were brave enough to challenge the attitudes and behaviours of their generation. Speaking prophetically, they called their nation back to God even when it cost them personally which it usually did. They suffered harassment, rejection and sometimes death but proclaimed their message faithfully. That is why I have called this book ‘everybody hurts’: their message was painful to deliver and painful to receive.
As you read this book, you will find out a little more about these men and the context in which they were bringing their message. This includes a synopsis of the political and social situation of the times, as well as a view of the history that formed the backdrop to their words. The message they were given to bring into those situations is summarised and then mapped to our own context. The reader will be left in no doubt that the words of these men are as relevant today as when they were first given. This book contains a prophetic message that speaks right into our own generation which we would do well to heed.
Richard Bradbury is based in Beverley, East Yorkshire and leads Beverley Community Church. He also represents the Groundlevel network of churches in Churches Together in England. Married with four children, his primary gifting is as a teacher to the Body of Christ.The minor prophets are often neglected and rarely preached on. Perhaps we are frightened of prophetic texts or find them inaccessible, or perhaps we just can’t see what relevance the 2000-year-old rantings of a bunch of dead men have in the 21st Century world. Journey through this book and see a present-day application; relevant for your life today.108

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Richard Bradbury

Richard Bradbury

As both a theologian and a pastor, Richard Bradbury brings both scholarship and compassion to his writing. Drawing upon his academic achievements (BA (Honours) in Theology and an MSc in Management), Richard has set up the Basileia Bible School to train those in ministry and those aspiring to ministry in theology and Biblical studies. Other books by him include, It’s the End of the World as we know it World (a handbook to the End Times), Losing My Religion (The Radical Message of the Kingdom), Everybody Hurts (A foray into the Minor Prophets) and The Great Beyond (Restoring Women to their God-given Role in Ministry). Married with 4 grown up children and based in Beverley, he is the leader of Beverley Community Church (part of the Ground Level Network). He also has some national responsibilities with Churches together in England. Previously, he spent 25 years working in industry which enables him to bring both a theological and practical dimension to his work.

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