• Book Reviews 16 hours ago

    Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

    Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

    by Jennifer Harvey Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich. 272 pages REVIEWED BY KRIS HAIG This volume, part of Eerdmans’ “Prophetic Christianity” series, is a provocative analysis of the current state of race relations, specifically the (at best) marginal success of church efforts to bring about racial reconciliation in the 50-plus years since the Civil Rights era. The author, a professor of religion and ethics, argues persuasively that the focus on reconciliation has itself been problematic. Instead, she proposes a new framework for addressing racism and race relations — one… continue reading...
    ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someone
  • Book Reviews 2 days ago

    Feasting on the Gospels: Luke, Volumes 1 and 2 (bookmark) 

    Feasting on the Gospels: Luke, Volumes 1 and 2 (bookmark) 

    by Roy Howard
    edited by Cynthia Jarvis and L. Elizabeth Johnson  Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky.  The hits just keep coming. The wise person who dreamed the “Feasting on the Word” idea and all its spinoffs should be given a medal for visionary thinking. Seriously, this is a rich resource for preachers and teachers — indeed, for all who want to study Scripture, passage by passage. Written in the style of the “Feasting on the Word Commentary” series, this two-part volume on Luke explores all the passages in the Gospel, not only those in… continue reading...
    ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someone
  • Book Reviews 2 days ago

    How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

    How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

    by Roy Howard
    by James K.A. Smith Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich. 148 pages Charles Taylor’s “A Secular Age” is one of the most important books of the last 30 years. Unfortunately, it is also likely the least read. For nearly 900 pages of dense historical, cultural and philosophical analysis, Taylor explores how we arrived at what he names as a secular age. Originally offered as the prestigious Gifford lectures, he probes the question of how we moved into an era when belief in God is rare, contested or ignored, a reality… continue reading...
    ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail to someone

Churches in six states honored for inspiring ministries

RICHMOND, Va. - Seven churches in six states have received Congregational Leadership Awards from Union Presbyterian Seminary (Union) for their innovative ministry programs. Each church will receive $1,000 to support the congregation in its ministry. To be considered for the awards, applicants must show a significant change in their congregation as a cause or result of an initiative, high level of congregational support, participation by diverse groups, personal growth of leaders and participants, spirit of cooperation and partnership, and understanding of the needs and gifts of the congregation and the community. Since 1991, 110 churches in 29 states have received the annual awards. The 2015 Union Congregational Leadership Award recipients are as follows: White Rock Presbyterian Church, Los Alamos, New Mexico, was given the Elinor Curry Award, which recognizes ministries of outreach and social concern. White Rock is currently assisting many projects in the Navajo Nation … [Read more...]

Preparing for Big Tent 2015: A conference. A homecoming. A wedding?

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Thomas D. Hay, director of assembly operations in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly, is inviting Big Tent 2015 participants to think of the gathering in a new way. The new perspective comes from a change in format—rather than being many individual conferences, ministry areas and partners will unite in a common agenda with more concentrated focus areas. Hay says keynote speakers, Bible study, worship experiences and workshops—along with social time—will be coordinated under a single agenda to provide conference attendees flexibility while reducing competition for time. Held on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, the July 30 – August 1 event is still open for registration. Following is the full text of Hay's invitation letter: When is the Big Tent Conference of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) like a wedding? That's a question being answered now by the conference planners anticipating the Big Tent 2015, … [Read more...]

Part-Time Bookkeeper

The Presbyterian Outlook, an independent, national, biweekly publication catering to the needs of teaching and ruling elders of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is based in Richmond, Virginia and has a part-time position available with a start date of about May 15. This position will deal with financial matters of the organization. A working knowledge and experience with accounting practices and Quickbooks as well as Microsoft Excel and Word is required. Customer service with accounts payable and receivable requires excellent communication skills. This is anticipated to be between 15 and 18 hours per week. Salary: $15 minimum (based on experience) Apply: Contact Jill Duffield at 804/359-8442 Ext. 746 for more information. Send résumé and introductory letter to Jill at [email protected] The Presbyterian Outlook 1 N. 5th St., Suite 500 Richmond VA 23219 pres-outlook.org … [Read more...]

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

Dear White Christians- For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

by Jennifer Harvey Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Mich. 272 pages REVIEWED BY KRIS HAIG This volume, part of Eerdmans’ “Prophetic Christianity” series, is a provocative analysis of the current state of race relations, specifically the (at best) marginal success of church efforts to bring about racial reconciliation in the 50-plus years since the Civil Rights era. The author, a professor of religion and ethics, argues persuasively that the focus on reconciliation has itself been problematic. Instead, she proposes a new framework for addressing racism and race relations — one grounded the diligent study of U.S. history and the ongoing effects of the legacy of slavery. She writes, “Separation exists between us as racial beings because of the activities (slavery) in which racial differences were first given meaning.” True reconciliation, she asserts, will only become possible if and when white Christians come to terms with the reality of white privilege, acknowledging the … [Read more...]

Pastor/Head of Staff

Activist church in the college/tourist town of Saratoga Springs, New York, seeks pastor to grow with us in spirit as well as service. Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church is a PCUSA/UCC federation with declarations including: More Light; Open and Affirming; Peace and Justice; Global Mission. Learn about us at pnecchurch.org. The position is posted on the PCUSA Leadership Connection and the UCC Ministry Opportunities. Contact Search Committee Chair Susan O’Donnell at [email protected] Presbyterian New England Congregational Church PO Box 582 Saratoga Springs NY 12866 pnecchurch.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Two Positions: Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Youth Pastor or Director

Worthington.watercolor.Graphic1

Worthington Presbyterian Church, a dynamic 1,400-member regional congregation in a historic suburb of Columbus, Ohio, seeks strong leaders for two positions. Successful candidates will join a collegial staff serving a growing, mission-focused faith community. The positions: Associate Pastor for Discipleship. Seeking a seasoned candidate with at least 10 years’ experience as an associate, senior or solo pastor. Strong background in Christian education and a passion for mission work are required. Duties include regular worship leadership and occasional preaching. Position will supervise the Director of Children’s and the Youth ministries. Youth Pastor or Director. Seeking an energetic candidate for this salaried, full-time position. The pastor/director primarily leads Junior and Senior High youth. Ministry includes planning and implementing programs centered on spiritual growth and faith development, including a mission trip for senior high. Full details: … [Read more...]