Paperback ISBN: 0060663235
Is love a possibility within our reach? > "We probably have wondered in our many lonesome moments if there is one corner in this competitive, demanding world where it is safe to be relaxed, to expose ourselves to someone else, and to give unconditionally. It might be very small and hidden. But if this corner exists, it calls for a search through the complexities of our human relationships in order to find it." > -- from Intimacy > > Writing from his vast experience as a pastoral counselor, Henri Nouwen addresses the basic question, "How can I find a creative and fulfilling intimacy in my relationship with God an my fellow human beings?" He conducts a rich and insightful exploration into the balance between intimacy and distance, the problems in trying to develop lasting and productive relationships on all levels, and the connections between intimacy and sexuality, pray, faith, and the mental well-being of the minister. Intimacy is an essential resource for anyone struggling to grasp the profound implications of this most basic human needs.
Care of the Soul
A Guide to Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
Paperback ISBN: 0060922249
A therapist draws on the world's religions, music, art, and his own experiences with patients to examine the connections between spirituality and the problems of individuals and society
The 21st Century Pastor
A Vision Based on the Ministry of Paul
Paperback ISBN: 0310201543
As we begin the third millennium, David Fisher encourages pastors to become effective in ministry by first finding their identity in Christ.
The Art of Pastoring
Ministry Without All the Answers
Paperback ISBN: 0830841040
"This book literally saved my ministry." From the foreword by IAN STACKHOUSE, Guildford Baptist Church, Survey, UK The Art of Pastoring is beloved by many pastors and ministry students because of what it's not. It's not a book about how to grow your church. It's' not. about how to lead like a business person or an entrepreneur This is a book about the heart of pastoral ministry It's about what it's like, in the midst of confusing, messy situations, to be a "parable of Jesus" on a day-to-day basis. By colorfully conveying his insights and experiences of the pastorate, David Hansen invites others to pay attention to their own stories and hopes for ministry Now revised and updated throughout with a new foreword, introduction and afterword, two new appendices, and a discussion guide. The Art of Pastoring is your invitation to sit with David Hansen and explore the wonder of your calling "A gem that most pastors should read every few years." Scott W. Sunquist, Fuller Theological Seminary "Belongs in the curriculum of any school serious about training pastors." John Johnson, pastor. Village Church. Portland. Oregon "A deeply felt, highly nuanced story of God's transforming grace being manifest by his servants. No one paints this picture of the life and ministry of the pastor better than David Hansen."
Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry
Paperback ISBN: 1433678829
Best-selling author John Piper pleads to fellow pastors to abandon the secularization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry. Revised and expanded edition.
Christian Theology in Practice
Discovering a Discipline
Paperback ISBN: 0802865348
For the past fifty years, scholars in both pastoral and practical theology have attempted to recapture human religious experience and practice as essential sites for theological engagement -- redefining in the process what theology is, how it is done, and who does it. In this book Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore shows how this trend in scholarship has led to an expanded subject matter, alternative ways of knowing, and richer terms for analysis in doing Christian theology. Tracing more than two decades of her own search for a more inclusive discipline -- one that truly grapples with theology in the midst of life -- Christian Theology in Practice shows not only where Miller-McLemore herself has traveled in the field but also how pastoral and practical theology has developed during this time. Looking forward, Miller-McLemore calls on the academy and Christian congregations to disrupt conventional theological boundaries and to acknowledge the multiplicity of shapes and places in which the "wisdom of God" appears..