And The Winner Is…

Congratulations to Doug Wilson on winning last week’s book giveaway. Doug won a copy of Sustaining Ministry by Sondra Wheeler.

Thanks to all who participated!

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Book Giveaway

This week I’m offering Sustaining Ministry: Foundations and Practices for Serving Faithfully, by Sondra Wheeler. Here are the catalog description and table of contents:

This book offers an account of the moral foundations of pastoral ethics and the underlying dynamics that make the practice of ministry so challenging. Why are Christian leaders whose intentions are good nevertheless at risk? Sondra Wheeler explores the interpersonal dynamics that make ministry powerful and morally dangerous, even for those with the best of intentions. She examines the personal disciplines and spiritual practices that equip ministers to abide by ethical standards when they come under pressure. She also offers practical strategies for navigating challenges, emphasizing the essential practices of prayer and spiritual accountability to sustain safe ministry, and stresses personal vulnerability and “unselfish self-care.”

Contents
Introduction: Why Good Rules Aren’t Enough
1. A Moral Framework for Power
2. Laying Deeper Ethical Foundations
3. Protecting Space for Ministry
4. Understanding How Ministers Get into Trouble
5. Embracing the Practices that Sustain Faithfulness
Further Reading
Index

Leave your name in the comments section no later than Friday, June 8th. 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 Víctor Martinez on winning last week’s book giveaway. Víctor won a copy of Introducing Theological Method, by Mary M. Veeneman.

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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.

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