No one can accuse Dorothy Bass and Craig Dykstra of thinking small. In this volume they tackle the macro questions: What is life abundant? How can we live it more fully? How does the church foster it? How do pastors lead it and lead others to it? How does theological education need to change to make this happen more readily?
This collection of essays grew out of conversations between pastors and academics, all of whom care about practical theology. The contributors set out to make us care about it as well, seeming at times defensive and at other times apologetic about the field. We are told that doctoral programs in practical theology are getting stronger and that specialists in other fields now admire this one. Unspoken is the concern that the rest of theological education still does not take the field seriously.