"Years ago, out of an interest in the achievements of culturally diverse ministry teams in the Church of the Nazarene, I expressed interest in meeting Dr. Oliver Phillips. A common friend introduced us to one another. The conversation that followed was as warm as a Caribbean and an African can make it, requiring no practice of "wait to see how far you may go." However, I did not know him as a preacher until two years later, when we met again as participants of a Holiness Conference held in Africa. In that setting, Dr. Phillips poured out his heart about his personal journey with the merciful Savior. What a passionate, enthusiastic, practical, convincing, forthright expositor of the Word of God (and hard for any good interpreter to put up with in terms of body language)!
After his first sermon at the conference, everywhere Dr. Phillips went among the Nazarenes in town, I saw his many new friends trying to mimic his bending forward and backward, as only he can do to explain his personal experience of the work of God's grace. Everywhere, we heard the words: "my...my...my...my..." repeated, as to say "one can never reach the depth of such grace and its power to redeem, cleanse, and release."
Such a one is the preacher I read in this book. His prophetic voice ministers to the church of the 21st century. He just cannot hide the, "Thus saith the LORD of hosts" that rings through his ears, heart, and mind. The message is current and factual and escorts our attention to the real world in which we live with so many oppressed, snagged by the power of sin, hopeless, and vulnerable souls. The author uses the kind of wisdom that allows God to speak through him, with no filter. He takes up the assignment of making us spiritually and socially aware of the cause for concern and entreats us to do something about it.
In The Power of One, Phillips calls for action: the action that makes a difference and that cannot and should not wait for consensus. Instead, he incites the kind of courage that the power and care of conviction in just one servant of God who will not miss the opportunity, can bring about. And all of this is possible by the power of the One God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
If you are interested in the power that can release the potential that God owns in you, this book is a tool with which the Lord can unlock you.
If you are looking for ideas on how to be clear, plain, truthful, and daring, you do not want to miss reading The Power of One.
If you need material that can help you address topics on current issues, The Power of One is a great study tool.
If you are participating in the planting or resuscitation of a church, a cell, a discipleship project, or a study group, The Power of One will go hand-in-hand with the resources you need.
If you dare to be ONE who will make the difference, then read Oliver Phillips' The Power of One."
-- Dr. Eugenio Duarte, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene
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About the Author
Prior to his present assignment, Phillips pastored congregations in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC, on the Mid-Atlantic District, where he also served on various boards and was very actively involved in compassionate ministries.
Undergraduate work was done at Caribbean Nazarene College and postgraduate work was completed at Howard University School of Divinity where Oliver was awarded the Master of Divinity course. He was the recipient of the Vernon Johns Preaching Award which is given to the graduating student whose preaching best exemplifies the social and prophetic preaching of Vernon Johns, the predecessor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Phillips went on to complete his doctoral studies at the International Bible College and Seminary, graduating with the Doctor of Ministry degree in Social Ministries, and was the recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Leadership Award from the Reed Institute for the Advanced Study of Leadership at Olivet Nazarene University.
A devout student of preaching, Phillips is sought after to speak at revivals, workshops, faith promises, community transformation initiatives, compassionate ministry events, and cultural intelligence consultations. Rev. Phillips is certified to facilitate Cultural Intelligence Enhancement Seminars, and through teaching and conducting seminars he has traveled to Barbados, British Isles, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Guyana, Holland, Jamaica, Kenya, the Philippines, and Spain.
PUBLICATION AND MEDIA EXPOSURE
Phillips has authored his autobiography, The God of a Second Chance, as well as four booklets, Starting Strong Churches in the Black Community, The 12 Step Program: Steps to Starting a Compassionate Ministry Center, Who Moved My Church?" and The Urban Imperative. Oliver is the co-author of Katrina: Friends, Family, & Faith, and How to Sponsor and Nurture an Ethnic Church - Without Losing Your Mind. Phillips edited E Pluribus Unum: Challenges and Opportunities in Multicultural Ministry.