Spring books


Our spring books issue's reviews include Deanna Thompson on Sharon Baker, Walter Brueggemann on Mary Boys, John Haught on Elizabeth Johnson, and more.

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What one book do pastors need?

We asked pastors and professors, “If you had to choose one book to help a person embarking on pastoral ministry, what would it be?”

Keeping the church weird

“These old buildings are well made and historic,” my real estate agent friend interjected. “Surely we can think of new uses for them.”

The pastor and other sinners

To Eugene Peterson, a church is not a demarcated zone of idealized community. The potential for misdirection and distraction abounds.

Ministry in the 21st century

What is pastoral ministry like these days, and how is it being shaped in new ways? The Century talked to pastors about the challenges and surprises of their early years in ministry.