Synopses & Reviews
In this volume seven scholars provide a helpful map for charting a number of the shifts at the intersection of theological education and congregational development, offering readers keen insights into how to navigate their complexities. Theological educators, seminary students, pastors, and denominational officials and staff will find in these pages substantive biblical and theological perspectives that help to frame specific approaches to moral deliberation and decision-making within congregations and through congregations for the sake of the world. / Contributors: Ronald W. Duty, Pat Taylor Ellison, David Fredrickson, Donald Juel, Patrick Keifert, Lois Malcolm, Gary Simpson.
Table of Contents
Framing the agenda for testing the spirits / Patrick Keifert -- The return of the congregation to theological education / Patrick Keifert -- The Bible and theological education: a report and reflections on a journey / Patrick Keifert -- Congregations, democracy, and the action of God in Philippians 1-2 / David Fredrickson -- God, civil society, and congregations as public moral companions / Gary Simpson -- Word-dwelling, deep listening, and faith-based moral conversation in congregations: a nested vision for learning new habits / Pat Taylor Ellison -- Discerning the will of God: congregational use of Scripture through the lens of the cross / Ronald W. Duty -- Scripture, Christian imagination, and the testimony of experience in moral conversation / Ronald W. Duty -- Doing faith-based conversation: metaphors for congregations and their leaders / Pat Taylor Ellison -- The dialectic of idolatry and profanation: on discerning the Spirit in congregational studies / Lois Malcolm -- The use of Scripture in congregational research / Donald H. Juel