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Richard J. Gehman

Solving Corruption in the Church and Nation

It is time the church rises up against corruption, both in the nation and itself, and this book will show it how.Solving Corruption in the Church and Nation shines a light on the church's failure to be salt and light and explores a biblical solution. If you are sick and tired of the corruption in society – and in the church – this book is for you because it points to the solution for this ongoing and unending moral mess.

Kenya, like all other nations in this world, is troubled by many social ills. As evangelical Christians we believe the solution is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through faith in Christ people are converted and baptized into the Body of Christ, the invisible church universal. They become members of a visible local congregation of believers. Through the evangelizing and discipling ministry of the church more and more are converted. Together they form the visible church and are mandated by Christ to be salt and light in society: salt to preserve society from moral filth, and light to show the path to godly living through faith and obedience to Jesus Christ.

The major problem is that in practice the Christian church so often reflects the same moral rot found in society. The church has failed to be salt and light. Solving Corruption in the Church and Nation shines light on this problem and explores a biblical solution. This book is for you because it points to the solution for this ongoing and unending moral mess.

For 36 years, Rev. Dr. Richard J. Gehman served in Kenya with the Africa Inland Church as missionaries of the Africa Inland Mission. He received his MA from Wheaton College, the Master of Divinity from Gordon Divinity School, and his Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He taught at Scott Theological College, Kenya, and was Principal for eight years. He was the Coordinator for the Theological Advisory Group (TAG), a research and renewal group of the Africa Inland Church, Kenya; the Director of the Institute for Church Renewal; and the editor of the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology (AJET) for eight years.

He is the author of several books including, Doing African Christian Theology in Biblical Perspective; Learning to Lead; The Making of a Christian Leader in Africa; and Passing it On: Lessons Learned in Life.

In Solving Corruption in the Church and Nation, Dr Richard J. Gehman, long serving A.I.M. missionary to Africa, presents a compelling case study on the thorny question of the church-state relationships, focusing on the vice of corruption. Through numerous examples of news items that span over decades, corresponding to his stay and work in Kenya, Dr. Gehman argues that, with good discipleship practices, the church in Kenya is best placed to provide leadership to society in its attempt to deal with this crippling vice. However, as he argues, this is only possible if the church cleans her own backyard first. –Dr. Jeremiah Mutie (Ph.D.), Professor of Theology and Church History in Southern California Seminary

Solving Corruption in the Church and Nation by Richard Gehman is not only a timely book, but a helpful tool for Christian churches because its proposed solution to corruption is biblical, relevant, and attainable. Though corruption is a global human menace, the Kenyan case study illustrated by the book, shows the devastating ravages of the vice in a particular context. Dr Gehman meaningfully uses Kenya as a case study to illustrate the global nature of corruption and its impact. –Rev. Dr. Elias Ng’etich (Ph.D), Professor of Religious Studies in Moi University

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