By Tom Sine Baker Books. 1999. 249 pp. Pb. $14.99. ISBN 0-8010-9088-1
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dodson Gray
Watchman, tell us of the night, What its signs of promise are. -- Advent season hymn
It is seldom that we find a Christian preacher or writer like Tom Sine, who can stand like an Old Testament prophet on the parapet of the city and tell us of the present and the future without losing his own footing in the Christian faith.
The big problem is that theological seminaries do not and probably cannot fully prepare people for parish ministry. Seminaries can provide theology, Bible, church history and certain skills training in homiletics. They can give attention to the spiritual and emotional development of the person.
By Walter Brueggemann Fortress. 1999. 148 pp. Pb. $18. ISBN 0-8006-3176-5
Reviewed by Paul K. Hooker Executive Presbyter, St. Augustine Presbytery
Anyone who has read the work of Walter Brueggemann knows that he is a radical, in the true sense of the word. Impatient with worn-out ideologies (either liberal or conservative) that have lost touch with the text, Brueggemann is eager to confront his readers with the transforming power of Scripture.
Augsburg Fortress. 1999. 236 pp. Pb. $29. ISBN 0800631331
Reviewed by Deborah A. McKinley
Gordon Lathrop's book, Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology, voices fresh thoughts in the sometimes cacophonous conversations about contemporary ecclesiology. Holy People is a reflection on the meaning of "church," working from the conviction that the church's identity arises from the One the church worships -- the Triune God.
InterVarsity. 1999. 224 pp. Pb. $12.99 ISBN 0-8308-2223-2
Reviewed by Lewis S. Mudge
This is a rich and nuanced study of voices on both sides of the well-known right-left division of American Protestantism, with special emphasis on the PC(USA). Richard Hutcheson and Peggy Shriver personally represent the "evangelical" and "liberal" wings of the church, respectively.
Abingdon. 1999. Pb. 176 pp. $17. ISBN 0-687-08549-7
Reviewed by Steve Sloop
I approached this assignment as an academic chore and was delightfully surprised to have an enriching spiritual experience. Troeger knows what it is like to minister as a pastor, and he scratched where many of my fellow pastor/preachers and I are itching.
The third edition of Presbyterian Polity for Church Officers by Joan Gray and Joyce Tucker is an improvement of a resource that has been essential for Presbyterian leaders since it first appeared in 1986.
If you are looking for a book to use this fall with your adult education class, look no further! This is a wonderful resource that lends itself to an eight-week class on "How a Church Can Engage the World."
Abingdon. 1998. 141 pp. Pb. $18. ISBN 0-687-08373-7
Reviewed by Stanley R. Hall
Tex Sample's volume on electronic culture and Christian worship is popular in the best sense: it is clear, concrete, accessible and not too long. Believe Leonard Sweet's book cover blurb: "It's the next best thing to Tex Sample live!"