By Ruth C. Duck and Patricia Wilson-Kastner WJKP. 1999. 207 pp. Pb. $22. ISBN 0-664-25777-1
Reviewed by Gene Huff San Francisco
"The Trinity are a grammar problem," according to an answer once noted on a theology exam. The authors of this remarkably useful book suggest it has too often also been a worship problem and they assume the task of showing how we can more adequately speak to and about the Trinitarian God in worship.
By James O. Chatham University Press of Mississippi.1999. 248 pp. $25. ISBN 1-57806-175-X
Reviewed by Louis Weeks, Richmond, Va.
"Exegete the biblical text, exegete the congregation, and exegete the community in which you serve." This profound advice for pastors and others who would lead the church I have heard constantly from seminary professors and from wise old hands in presbytery.
By Martin B. Copenhaver, Anthony B. Robinson and William H. Willimon Eerdmans. 1999. 116 pp. Pb. $12. ISBN 0-8028-4604-1
Reviewed by Angela L. Ying, Seattle, Wash.
In a word, it is a gift. Martin B. Copenhaver, Anthony B. Robinson and William H. Willimon's book, Good News in Exile: Three Pastors Offer a Hopeful Vision for the Church, is a genuine gift to the church. Unlike other "gifts" where we get exactly what we ask for, where there are no surprises, and where we know what to expect, Good News in Exile offers the church -- and thus offers us, as people of faith -- one of those rare gifts.
By Kathleen D. Billman and Daniel L. Migliore United Church. 1999. 174 pp. Pb. $18.95. ISBN 0-8298-1353-5
Reviewed by Fane Downs Midland, Texas
We live in a time of increased interest in things spiritual -- practices, techniques and theologies -- many sincere, some shallow. Our days are marked, moreover, by suffering and awareness of evil in our midst -- manifested in ethnic cleansing, wars, school shootings, family violence, etc.
By Barbara Brown Taylor Cowley. 1999. Pb. 212 pp. $ 11.95. ISBN 1-56101-167-3
Reviewed by Elisabeth Lunz
When I first met Barbara Brown Taylor more than 20 years ago, she was becoming a writer. We were both at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where Barbara worked in administration during her postulancy for the Episcopal priesthood.
By N. T. Wright WJKP. 1999. 128 pp. $12.95. ISBN 0-664-25841-7
Reviewed by Michael D. Bush
While too much of the Christian world is coming off the rails in expectation of a divine cataclysm on Jan. 1, 2000, N. T. Wright offers us a challenge to celebrate the millennium as a Christian festival, rather than standing by passively or ex-citedly, waiting to see if the world will end. He issues the challenge in few words, with the clarity and good sense we have learned to expect from him in his New Testament scholarship.
Chalice. 1999. Pb. 139 pp. $15.99 ISBN 0-8272-0626-7
Reviewed by William Hawkins
Out of his "25 years of pastoral work, 16 years of teaching ministry in a theological institution and more than 200 seminars with churches and judicatories," Robert Ramey offers congregations the distilled essence of his considerable wisdom.
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.