Books

Books

Making leaders

Is there a clergy crisis in the United States? Catholics and Protestants report that fewer candidates than needed are entering the ministry, and a large number of practicing clergy are approaching retirement. The social status of clergy has declined, and ordained women have hit a stained-glass ceiling within the church.

The Doors of the Sea

December’s Indian Ocean tsunami forced a haunting question to emerge anew: how could an omnipotent God permit such evil?

Confessing Jesus Christ/Preaching Parables to Postmoderns/Testimony to the Exiles

Postmodernism, with its critique of modern assumptions about knowledge, language, authority and narrative, presents new challenges for preachers.

A surge of spirituality

Interest in spirituality keeps rising and expanding like a yeasted lump of dough.

The Sounds of Slavery: Discovering African American History Through Songs, Sermons, and Speech

I was daydreaming at a stoplight recently when the sound of thunder shook me from my reverie. It was pulsing rhythmically, and there seemed to be a faint whistling or screeching sound, as if I was in a hurricane or tornado.