Pastoral Theology In The Classical Tradition

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Pastoral Theology In The Classical Tradition

Author : Andrew Purves
ISBN : 0664222412
Genre : Religion
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Purves proposes a thoughtful reading of early classical texts to provide insight into contemporary pastoral work.
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Pastoral Theology

Author : Thomas C. Oden
ISBN : 9780060663537
Genre : Religion
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This much-needed book fully integrates principles of pastoral care, leadership, and theology to restore to ministers a clearly defined pastoral identity. Moving from a critique of inadequate models for ministry -- from community organizer to T. V. evangelist -- Oden develops a more classical model, rich in its references to the past and compatible both with Christian faith and theology through the ages and with current needs. Reconciling classical tradition with practice, Pastoral Theology will be a standard resource and reference in the field. Oden distills the best ideas of the two millennia of ecumenical Christian thinking concerning what pastors are and do. Pastoral Theology provides the foundational knowledge of the pastoral office requisite to the practice of ministry. It will be of interest to persons preparing for ordination in its review of key issues; at the same time, Pastoral Theology will appeal to all those who have considered entering the ministry, those who want to know more about what clergy do and why, and those ministers who want to review their ongoing work in the light of a systematic reflection on the pastoral gifts and tasks.
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Reconstructing Pastoral Theology

Author : Andrew Purves
ISBN : 0664227333
Genre : Religion
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In Pastoral Care in the Classical Tradition, Andrew Purves argued that pastoral care and theology has long ignored Scripture and Christian doctrine, and pastoral practice has become secularized in both method and goal, the fiefdom of psychology and the social sciences. He builds further on this idea here, presenting a christological basis for ministry and pastoral theology.
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Pastoral Theology For Public Ministry

Author : Stephen Burns
ISBN : 9781596272644
Genre : Religion
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What does it mean to be engaged in Christian ministry in a shifting spiritual and religious landscape? Stephen Burns invites readers to think anew about the distinctiveness of public practices of pastoral presence. Rather than narrowly defining pastoral care and pastoral theology (pastoral counseling, preaching, youth groups, visits to elders, etc.) and theological academic categories (history, pastoral theology, liturgy, ethics and contemporary sociology), he argues for a new imagination and practice of pastoral presence - a presence that is representative, public, integrated, and expansive. * Financial wellness book for individuals; views financial planning and decision-making through the lens of personal spirituality * Respected workshop leader and CREDO faculty member * Study guide included
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Pastoral Leadership

Author : Won Sang Lee
ISBN : 9781630877705
Genre : Religion
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In ascending to heaven, Jesus Christ gave the church the Great Commission to expand the gospel to all nations. Despite this biblical commission, it is still an unfinished task. As leaders of local churches, pastors play a crucial part in this endeavor. Pastoral leadership principles have varied widely throughout history, yet it is interesting to discover the similarities between pastoral leadership principles practiced by John Chrysostom (AD 347-407) in Antioch and Constantinople, and Won Sang Lee (1937-) in Washington, DC. Despite ministering 1600 years apart, both pastors share the same core values: care for people, Christ-like character, biblical preaching, and world missions. This suggests that continued emphasis on these principles will play a significant role in fulfilling the Great Commission, independent of time and place.
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Converging Horizons

Author : Allan Hugh Cole
ISBN : 9781630878306
Genre : Religion
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This collection of essays considers topics in pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling, pastoral leadership, and social work, and attends to challenges and opportunities pertaining to the support and care of persons in need. Of interest to ministers, chaplains, pastoral counselors, and social workers, these essays focus particularly on human experiences, needs, or concerns that relate to matters of mental health and religious faith or spirituality. Converging Horizons demonstrates approaches to integrative work that draws on multiple fields of theory and practice in service to the goal of providing a range of caregivers with ways to both conceptualize and engage their important work.
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Of Seeds And The People Of God

Author : Michael P. Knowles
ISBN : 9781630878740
Genre : Religion
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Preachers mount the pulpit steps terribly burdened by the conviction that they are somehow responsible for the growth and spiritual well-being of their congregants. How, they ask themselves, can mere words communicate the reality of God, bring life to a congregation, or foster spiritual growth? This study argues that effective sermons function much like Jesus' parables--by bearing witness to divine power. Parables and preaching both testify to something beyond themselves: to a life-giving dynamic that far outstrips the force of words alone. Preachers are not go-betweens or gatekeepers for the kingdom of heaven: rather, they imitate Jesus by dying to themselves in the very act of proclamation, relying directly on God for their sermons to bear fruit. As well as offering a novel interpretation of Jesus' agricultural parables, Of Seeds and the People of God presents a Christ-shaped theology of preaching. Beyond exegesis or rhetoric alone, faithful proclamation is a question of spirituality, of preachers and listeners together yielding to God's gift of new life.
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Wilhelm L He Erbe Und Vision

Author : Dietrich Blaufuss
ISBN : STANFORD:36105133137765
Genre : Lutheran Church
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Clothed In Nothingness

Author : Leonard M. Hummel
ISBN : 1451412940
Genre : Religion
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Clothed in Nothingness provides practical and theological considerations for pastoral care and insights from the Lutheran tradition for coping with suffering.
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The Princeton Seminary Bulletin

Author : Princeton Theological Seminary
ISBN : STANFORD:36105121699990
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No. 1 of each vol. is the academic catalog of the Seminary, 1907-76.

By The Renewing Of Your Minds

Author : Ellen T. Charry
ISBN : 9780199880058
Genre : Religion
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This book develops the thesis that classical Christian theology seeks to help believers flourish by knowing and loving God. Ellen Charry argues this premise by example, offering a close reading of a number of classical texts, from the New Testament era to the Reformation, including works of Paul, Augustine, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Anselm, and Calvin. She points out the pastoral and moral aims that shape the teachings of these theologians on a wide range of topics, including the Trinity; human beings as created in the image of God; the incorporation of Jews and Gentiles into the body of Christ in baptism; the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ; and the divinity of the Holy Spirit. Charry explains that the very logic of their arguments is shaped by the author's concern for the goodness and happiness that should result from living into the doctrines. She further shows that although the spiritual and pastoral purposes of these writings are many and complex, they are invariably concerned to foster what modern people can, without difficulty, recognize as human dignity--what she calls "excellence"--in action, affection, and self-appraisal.
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The Art Of Spiritual Midwifery

Author : Stephen Faller
ISBN : 9780718844417
Genre : Religion
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What comes after reflective listening? What comes after the ministry of presence? Spiritual midwifery is a powerful framework for offering pastoral care in today's fast-paced environment. Midwifery offers ways of thinking about those who are served,the work itself, and what it means to be a clinical caregiver within the tradition of the care of souls. Spiritual midwifery has philosophical and spiritual roots that stem from the earliest seeds of Western thought, even back to Jesus and Socrates. Readers will find an inductive approach toward a conceptual model that offers insight for richer assessments and outcome-oriented goals of care. Part One sets out the metaphors of the midwife and the dialogue. Part Two unpacks the methodology behindthe mechanics. Part Three looks at creative applications of midwifery, and is followed by a Symposium patterned after Plato's own Symposium. A rigorous theory remains at the centre of the work, but the tone is poetically balanced enough to invite the transformation of the spiritual caregiver. From the philosophy of Heraclitus to the theology of Kierkegaard and the spiritual direction of Guenther, The Art of Spiritual Midwifery brings forth a comprehensive conception of pastoral care and its delivery.
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Eastern Churches Journal

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105123419496
Genre : Eastern churches
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Spirituality In Ministerial Formation

Author : Andrew D. Mayes
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215310892
Genre : Religion
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"In recent years, theological education and training for both lay and ordained ministry have been reconceived in terms of ministerial formation. But what is the origin of this paradigm and what difference does it actually make to both teachers and learners? This study not only addresses these questions but also, offering perspectives from the Eastern Christian traditions and from empirical research, uncovers a dynamic role for prayer in the learning process. It explores how different types of prayer have the potential to be a significant integrative, cognitive, healing, empowering influence in ministerial formation and to enable a transformative process of 'deep learning'." "It will prove not only to be a reference book for all practitioners in the field of theological education, but also a practical workbook for teachers and students as its questions for individual or group use challenge present practice and open up new possibilities for the healing of the historic divide between theology and spirituality. The book identifies elements for the development of a rich theology of ministerial formation which will enhance and energize the practice of theological education. Seeking to re-balance training and formation, it invites a rethink of current functionalist approaches to professionalized lay and ordained ministry in terms of discovering creative and surprising functions of spirituality within the learning process. The book thus has implications for the teaching of spirituality, highlighting the need to articulate an integrated spirituality of education. It also addresses important aspects of the Church's mission in society and the imperative of resourcing clergy and lay ministers for their engagement with the rising interest in spirituality in today's culture." --Book Jacket.
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Timeless Truth In The Hands Of History

Author : Gale Heide
ISBN : 9781630877989
Genre : Religion
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What is the purpose of theology for the church? Systematic theology provides an inroad into this question by offering both a method for doing theology and an explanation for the purpose of that method. However, system is itself the product of a specific understanding of knowledge grounded in rational demonstration of facts. This study attempts to address the historical debate over when systematic theology began. Much of the debate is centered on the definition of system and revolves around the use, or lack thereof, of external philosophical categories or language. Specific historical figures have been selected to serve as illustrations of how theological prolegomena functioned in works prior to and following the influence of Enlightenment thought. In the early chapters it will be seen that theology was neither totally saturated with, nor totally devoid of, external philosophical reference points or programmatic intentions. On the contrary, both external points of reference and programmatic intentions have played a role in theology since the church's inception. In other words, certain elements of system (e.g., logic, non-contradiction, organization) have played a role in theological investigation and construction since, at least, the second century. The last two chapters of this study demonstrate that these may not be the same influences that have marked post-Enlightenment systematics. One of the primary characteristics of pre-Enlightenment theology is its intentional focus on the life of the church. Theology, like the Scriptures, was often written for specific circumstances. Enlightenment influences significantly changed the intentions of much of theology in that theological knowledge was studied and displayed for the sake of knowledge itself. The church no longer mattered, or was at best an afterthought, in the realm of what is now seen as the domain of academic theology.
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Book Review Index 2004 Cumulation

Author : Dana Ferguson
ISBN : 0787666890
Genre : Literary Criticism
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'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.
Category: Literary Criticism

Good Pastors Bad Pastors

Author : Dela Quampah
ISBN : 9781630877712
Genre : Religion
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The emergence of Pentecostalism in Ghana has attracted a massive following and generated institutions that have significantly impacted Christian discourse and national life. The movement has produced prominent leaders who have developed exemplary Christian education programs and generated volumes of Christian literature unprecedented in Ghanaian Christianity. Nevertheless, public opinion often upbraids church leaders for unethical conduct. Despite the concern for high moral standards set by Pentecostal church polity and ministerial ethical codes, reports of Pentecostal ministerial misconduct appear regularly in the media. Although congregation members and perceptive public observers appreciate the constructive moral impact of Pentecostal ministers, instances of promiscuity, power abuse, financial misappropriation, and superstition reveal a gap between ethical ideals and practice. As this research reveals, factors behind unethical ministerial conduct include inadequate training, poor accountability, and a general low level of ethical reflection. Good Pastors, Bad Pastors suggests that a multidimensional approach of responsible reportage, emphatic moral education, appropriate but sympathetic response to moral failure, and peer-review accountability could help uphold a higher standard of ministerial ethics.
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