This collection of short essays, sermons, lectures, reviews, analyses, and poems is offered as a means to provoke thought, inspire imagination, and encourage conversation about the future of the church. Church renewal awaits a renewed synergy of theology, homily, and energy. Together, thought, word, and deed offer us much as we face an unforeseen future. There is much for which to be thankful, and much to be excited about as the church moves forward into the twenty-first century. A healthy future of stimulated learning, excellent leadership, and lay ministry_thought, word, and deed!_may be coming toward us.
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About the Author
The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill is dean of Marsh Chapel and professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology at Boston University. He has thirty years of pastoral experience and preaching, is a leader in the Northeast and around the country in theological education and large church ministry, and serves as both a preacher and teacher in Boston. Together, Bob and Jan Hill have served eight churches of various sizes, types, and locations.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1: God at Night: Faith is a Walk in the Dark Chapter 3 Chapter 2: The Furture of Theological Education and Renewal of the Church Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Functional Literacy Chapter 5 Chapter 4: One Example of Seminary Renewal Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Surviving Survival : Leaves from the Notebook of a Survivor Chapter 7 Chapter 6: The Call to Preach: God at Dawn Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Renewall Resources for Clergy: The Logic of Renewal Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Designs for Preaching Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Pastoral Preaching: Proverbs in Pittsburgh Chapter 11 Chapter 10: Spiritual Leadership: Another Ministry Option Chapter 12 Chapter 11: God is Love: Signposts at the Trail Head Chapter 13 Chapter 12: Our Space: Toward a Constructive Theology of Common Ground Chapter 14 Chapter 13: The Nature and Mission of the Church: Ecclesiology and New Creation Chapter 15 Chapter14: Renewal Resources for Laity: Lischer, Stone, Ashton, Drucker Chapter 16 Chapter 15: After Thirty Years: Exit Interview on What Works and Matters Chapter 17 Bibliography Chapter 18 Index