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The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life

The Pastor as Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life

by M. Craig Barnes

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Today's pastors — often expected to be multitasking marvels who can make their churches "successful" — are understandably confused about their role. Craig Barnes contends that the true calling of a pastor is to help others become fully alive in Christ, to be a "minor poet," or poet of the soul. As such, pastors are to read the major poets of Scripture and history in light of the dust and grit of daily parish life.

The Pastor as Minor Poet eloquently calls pastors to search for a deeper understanding of what they see — both in the text of Scripture and in the text of their parishioners' lives. A critical part of this poetic vision involves discerning key subtexts beneath these texts, which allows pastors to preach the heart of the Word and to understand the hearts of their people. Written with a seasoned pastor's depth of understanding and a poet's sensibility and sensitivity, this book will minister to and inspire pastors everywhere.

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ISBN-13: 9780802829627
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Series: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 402,279
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

M. Craig Barnes is president of Princeton Theological Seminary. Before becoming president of Princeton, Barnes was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while also serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. His other books include Searching for Home: Spirituality for Restless Souls and Body and Soul: Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism.

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