And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Víctor Martinez on winning last week’s book giveaway. Víctor won a copy of Introducing Theological Method, by Mary M. Veeneman.

Thanks to all who participated!

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Book Giveaway

This week I’m offering Introducing Theological Method: A Survey of Contemporary Theologians and Approaches, by Mary M. Veeneman. Here are the catalog description and table of contents:

Sound theological method is a necessary prerequisite for good theological work. This accessible introduction surveys contemporary theological methodology by presenting leading thinkers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as models. Figures covered include Karl Barth, James Cone, Avery Dulles, Millard Erickson, Hans Frei, Stanley Grenz, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Elizabeth Johnson, George Lindbeck, Bernard Lonergan, Johann Baptist Metz, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Clark Pinnock, Karl Rahner, Paul Tillich, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Delores Williams. Introducing Theological Method presents the strengths and weaknesses in each of the major options. Rather than favoring one specific position, it helps students of theology think critically so they can understand and develop their own theological method.

Contents
Introduction: The Context of Modern Theology
1. The Work of Theology
2. Neo-orthodox and Ressourcement Theologies
3. Theologies of Correlation
4. Postliberal Theologies
5. Evangelical Theologies
6. Political Theologies
7. Feminist Theologies
8. Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology
Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?
Suggested Reading List for Students
Index

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, May 18th. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.

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And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Dwight Gingrich on winning last week’s book giveaway. Dwight won a copy of Ethics for Christian Ministry by Joe E. Trull and R. Robert Creech.

Thanks to all who participated!

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Book Giveaway

This week I’m offering Ethics for Christian Ministry: Moral Formation for 21st-Century Leaders, by Joe E. Trull and R. Robert Creech. Here are the catalog description and table of contents:

This one-of-a-kind resource in professional ethics helps Christian leaders maintain a high moral character and lifestyle and sharpen their personal and professional decision-making skills amid the rapidly changing landscape of the contemporary church.

Joe Trull and Robert Creech bring together their experience as teachers and pastors to address both current and perennial ethical issues and offer guidance for developing a personal code of ethics to maintain integrity in the work of ministry. The authors address the nature of ethical decision making as well as practical areas where integrity can be compromised, including issues raised by the use of smartphones and social media.

Ethics for Christian Ministry will be useful for professors and students in practical ministry, pastoral care, and ministerial ethics classes as well as pastors involved in local church ministry.

Contents
1. Walking with Integrity: A Profession or a Calling?
2. Being Good and Doing Good: Moral Formation for Ministry
3. Looking in the Mirror: Integrity in Your Personal Life
4. Looking at the Church: Integrity in Your Ministry
5. Looking at Fellow Ministers: Integrity with Your Colleagues
6. Promoting Peace and Justice: Integrity in the Community
7. Facing Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Cost of Lost Integrity
8. Developing a Personal Code of Ethics: A Plan for Integrity in Ministry
Ministerial Code of Ethics Worksheet
Appendix A: A Procedure for Responding to Charges of Clergy Sexual Abuse
Appendix B: Early Denominational Codes of Ethics
Appendix C: Contemporary Denominational Codes of Ethics
Appendix D: Sample Codes of Ethics
Indexes

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, April 27th. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.

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And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Paul Schultz on winning this week’s book giveaway. Paul won a copy of Preaching With Cultural Intelligence, by Matthew D. Kim.

Thanks to all who participated!

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One Benefit of the Lord’s Supper

Of the many benefits that come from partaking in Communion, there’s at least one that’s been suggested that I hadn’t reflected on. In the book Feasting With Christ, Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley have compiled a collection of meditations on the Lord’s Supper. One of these is from John Flavel, who says,

“Have such a thought as this, when thy heart is yielding to temptation. How can I do this, and crucify the Son of God afresh! Hath He not suffered enough already on earth; shall I yet make him groan as it were for me in heaven! Look, as David poured the water brought from the well of Bethlehem, on the ground, though he was athirst, for he said, it is the blood of the men. That is, they eminently hazarded their lives to fetch it; much more should a Christian pour out upon the ground, yea, despise and trample under foot, the greatest profit or pleasure of sin; saying, Nay, I will have nothing to do with it, I will on no terms touch it, for it is the blood of Christ: it cost blood, infinite, precious blood to expiate it.”

Flavel argues that when a Christian with love for Christ reflects on Christ’s death for sin, that love will deter him when tempted to sin—and the Lord’s Supper is a (the?) prime means that God has given us for such remembering and reflecting.

Flavel’s allusion, from 2 Samuel 23, to David’s love for his Mighty Men is powerful. David refused to drink the water he most desired, because it was bought at the risk of the lives of his men. To me, this is one of the most moving stories in the Bible. The thought of his desire bringing harm to the ones he loved compelled him to pour that desire on the ground. May it be the same with us.

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Book Giveaway

This week I’m offering Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: Understanding the People Who Hear Our Sermons, by Matthew D. Kim. Here are the catalog description and table of contents:

To preach effectively in today’s world, preachers need cultural intelligence. They must build bridges between listeners who come from various denominations, ethnicities, genders, locations, religious backgrounds, and more. Experienced preacher and teacher Matthew Kim provides a step-by-step template for cross-cultural hermeneutics and homiletics, equipping preachers to reach their varied listeners in the church and beyond. Each chapter includes questions for individual thought or group discussion. The book also includes helpful diagrams and images, a sample sermon, and appendixes for exegeting listeners and for exploring cultural differences.

Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Cultural Intelligence in Theory
1. Preaching and Cultural Intelligence
2. The Homiletical Template
3. Hermeneutics and Cultural Intelligence
4. Exegeting the Preacher
Part 2: Cultural Intelligence in Practice
5. Preaching and Denominations
6. Preaching and Ethnicities
7. Preaching and Genders
8. Preaching and Locations
9. Preaching and Religions
Conclusion
Appendix 1: The Homiletical Template
Appendix 2: Worksheet for Understanding Culture
Appendix 3: Sample Sermon
Index

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, April 20th. I’ll draw the winner’s name that day. If I don’t hear back from the winner within seven days the book will go to another entry. Entries are limited to U.S. residents.

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