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  • Hightower, James E. Jr. (2010-12-13)
    In this very personal discussion, Hightower says that when he entered mid-life he individuated enough from his external environment that what he thinks and feels is really important. This "internal compass" that calls for ...
  • Elliott, Mark (2010-12-13)
    Pastor Mark Elliott carefully presents both the need for God's involvement and our responsibility in study. He then lays out a 4-step model from James Loder for opening ourselves to the leading of the Spirit.
  • Wilson, Paul Scott (2010-12-13)
    Chapter One - Movies, Pages, and God. . Wilson seeks to move his readers to revisit the concept of style (lest it become boring rigidity) looking at the concepts of today's world for composing today's sermons for today's ...
  • Rector, Kristi (2010-12-13)
    Meeting people at the intersection of the Scripture and the daily circumstances of life is what differentiates an effective preaching ministry from wasting people's time.
  • Langford, Sally; Langford, Andy (2010-12-13)
    However, Sally and Andy Langford issue a compelling call to extend that thoughtfulness and effort to include other dimensions of our worship. Their invitation is not to do something in addition to our message preparation, ...
  • Bryant, Stephen D. (2010-12-13)
    The environment that best supports prayer is not the beauty of the outdoors or the quiet of a spiritual life center, but rather the relational environment of spiritual companionship that can be found close to home and ...
  • Shepperd, Sandy (2010-12-13)
    When was the last time you called the congregation together for a time of prayer and fasting? Or we may take another turn and talk about the reasons for fasting. This article selection makes a very clear statement of the ...
  • Weaver, Andrew J.; Stapleton, Carolyn L. (2010-12-13)
    This article selection deals with the socio-economic effects of gambling, and the addiction waiting to infect some participants. While minors can not legally participate in gambling activities in any state, the statistics ...
  • Miles, Al (2010-12-13)
    One-quarter of the women in the Unites States will be abused by an intimate. A loving and sensitive response for us can make a difference to a survivor as she struggles with the process of healing. Clergy can be more active ...
  • Ellison, Craig (2010-12-13)
    By turning our backs on the inner city we are turning our backs on people in need of the evangelistic message of the Gospel. The title is a rhetorical question whose answer is simple, "All around me." Ellison challenges ...
  • Thompson, David (2010-12-13)
    We will do well to stake our faith in the cross and know that God is for us, that God loves us, and that Jesus died for us. We need not remain cut off from God when we are plunged into suffering. God met our deepest need ...
  • Walls, Jerry (2010-12-13)
    Walls outlines theodicy—God and justice—from three positions, i.e. free will, free choice and the cost of freedom. These positions bring an individual to a crossroads. Suffering and tragedy are part of life and everyone ...
  • Seamands, Stephen (2010-12-13)
    This article presents a view of the concept of Divine justice and human suffering. Each of the three authors deals with responses of anger and the "Why" question. Seamands focuses the reader on the Cross as the instrument ...
  • Buckwater, H. Douglas (2010-12-13)
    Buckwalter presents several questions in dealing with Christology including a working definition. In seeking to clarify the issues he raises in the introductory questions, Buckwalter suggests several areas for investigation ...
  • Cunningham, Bobby B. (2010-12-13)
    As we forgive, we are forgiven. Or is it the other way around; we have been forgiven, therefore, we forgive. This is a good time to review the case-study material on forgiveness derived from your role as pastor/counselor. ...
  • Easum, William (2010-12-13)
    Large church, small church, huge staff, minimal staff, the pastors’ drain of spiritual resources may push them out of their comfort limits and close to edge. Easum chooses to deal with the situation of spiritual renewal ...
  • Dunnam, Maxie (2010-12-13)
    What can be more important in the life of the minister than prayer? Our time with the Lord is an integral part of our ministry to others. And how can we minister to others if we don’t pray for them? Intercessory prayer ...
  • Jones, W. Paul (2010-12-13)
    What is emerging as a fundamental need in every major denomination today is a "new spirituality," one that entails a radical alternative in the face of the U. S. A. lifestyle of competition, materialism, and individualism. ...
  • Larson, Ross Henry (2010-12-13)
    What is an aging Ministry? Is this what we did in our youth when we visited nursing homes in our community? Look for Larson to distinguish between ministry involving elderly persons and ministry among the aging? But aren’t ...
  • Gangel, Kenneth (2010-12-13)
    A chapter from Dr Gangel's text on Christian Education published in 1989. It provides a baseline for our thinking about the church and its mission. It will give us opportunity for personal evaluation and critical thinking ...

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