Description : The emergence of Pentecostalism in Ghana has attracted a massive following and generated institutions that have significantly impacted Christian discourse and national life. The movement has produced prominent leaders who have developed exemplary Christian education programs and generated volumes of Christian literature unprecedented in Ghanaian Christianity. Nevertheless, public opinion often upbraids church leaders for unethical conduct. Despite the concern for high moral standards set by Pentecostal church polity and ministerial ethical codes, reports of Pentecostal ministerial misconduct appear regularly in the media. Although congregation members and perceptive public observers appreciate the constructive moral impact of Pentecostal ministers, instances of promiscuity, power abuse, financial misappropriation, and superstition reveal a gap between ethical ideals and practice. As this research reveals, factors behind unethical ministerial conduct include inadequate training, poor accountability, and a general low level of ethical reflection. Good Pastors, Bad Pastors suggests that a multidimensional approach of responsible reportage, emphatic moral education, appropriate but sympathetic response to moral failure, and peer-review accountability could help uphold a higher standard of ministerial ethics.
Description : Utopian literature has given voice to the hopes and fears of the human race from its earliest days to the present. The only single-volume anthology of its kind, The Utopia Reader encompasses the entire spectrum and history of utopian writing-from the Old Testament and Plato's Republic, to Sir Thomas More's Utopia and George Orwell's twentieth century dystopia, Nineteen Eighty-Four, through to the present day. The editors of this definitive collection demonstrate the various ways in which utopias have been used throughout history as veiled criticism of existing conditions and how peoples excluded from the dominant discourse-such as women and minorities-have used the form to imagine empowering alternatives to present circumstances. An engaging tour through the dissident, polemic, and satirical tradition of utopian writing, The Utopia Reader ultimately provides a telling portrait of civilization's persistent need to imagine and construct ideal societies.
Description : The book is based on the truth. Pastors are living wealthy base on what I've been to. When pastors are ordain, they are using the word of God to make money.
Description : Bubba Stahl was a cowboy from a very young age, complete with hat, boots, toy guns, stick horses, and red bandana. Bubba was also a Christian at an early age. Each week he eagerly attended "SundaySchoolandChurch," as it was known in his family. He began at a young age to express a strong interest in Christ. His father shared his faith with Bubba by sharing the communion cracker and juice with him. Bubba grew to become a well-loved pastor.Bubba has successfully combined his roles as cowboy and preacher. In this charming and inspirational memoir, he shares his experiences with warmth and humor, featuring the many people he's served and those from whom he has learned. He tells engaging stories of his work on ranches, in churches, and on mission fields around the world with his wife and sons at his side through it all. The Salt Block discloses the life of a cowboy and the evolution of a preacher. Bubba received his calling to become a pastor from Jesus Christ on August 7, 1982. Bubba's heartfelt story encourages everyone to live a life of passion and begin a fresh and glorious relationship with God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Description : Every pastor struggles with demands for his time, and how to determine priorities in ministry. Some choose to respond to the most urgent needs, while others seek a more balanced and intentional approach. But what determines these priorities? Where should a busy pastor look for wisdom in making decisions? In the Pastor’s Ministry, pastor and author Brian Croft looks to the Scriptures to determine the top ten priorities for a faithful pastoral ministry. These biblically rooted responsibilities help pastors determine how to spend their time and with greater discernment respond to the demands of the church. Each of these priorities is rooted in a direct command of God’s Word, including: Guarding the Truth Preaching and Teaching the Word Praying for the Flock Setting an Example Visiting the Sick Comforting the Grieving Caring for Widows Confronting Sin Encouraging the Faint-Hearted Identifying and Training Other Leaders To be successful and faithful in pastoral ministry, every pastor needs to understand these core callings and make them part of his regular practice. These ten responsibilities guide how a pastor schedules his time, helping him to lay the foundation for a biblically faithful ministry in his church.
Description : Throughout the history of English literature, church ministers have figured prominently in novels, plays, morality tales, and even poetry. Pastors in the Classics is a unique, unprecedented collection of relevant literary masterpieces in which the pastor's experience is a major part of the story. Part 1 is a reader's guide to twelve important classics written over four centuries and covering seven different nationalities. Each chapter not only describes and interprets the work in question, it also highlights a specific feature of pastoral ministry explored in the work. Part 2 is a handbook that defines the canon of literary masterpieces that deal with the pastor's experience, offering reading suggestions for both ministers and lovers of literature. From the familiar (The Canterbury Tales; Cry, the Beloved Country; and The Scarlet Letter) to the lesser-known (Silence, Witch Wood) to the surprising (A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man), this collection uncovers the good, the bad, and the ugly ways in which pastors have been presented to the reading public for the past half millennium.
Description : Born into a sharecropping family in New Hebron, Mississippi, in 1930, and only receiving a third-grade education, John M. Perkins has been a pioneering prophetic African American voice for reconciliation and social justice to America’s white evangelical churches. Often an unwelcome voice and always a passionate, provocative clarion, Perkins persisted for forty years in bringing about the formation of the Christian Community Development Association—a large network of evangelical churches and community organizations working in America’s poorest communities—and inspired the emerging generation of young evangelicals concerned with releasing the Church from its cultural captivity and oppressive materialism. John M. Perkins has received surprisingly little attention from historians of modern American religious history and theologians. Mobilizing for the Common Good is an exploration of the theological significance of John M. Perkins. With contributions from theologians, historians, and activists, this book contends that Perkins ushered in a paradigm shift in twentieth-century evangelical theology that continues to influence Christian community development projects and social justice activists today.
Description : In the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s Letters to Malcolm and Reinhold Nie-buhr’s Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, this fetching book by Michael Jinkins connects readers with pastoral wisdom that is both timely and timeless. Letters to New Pastors delves deeply into the struggles, surprises, and rewards of congregational leadership and the needs — professional, emotional, and spiritual — of new pastors. Grounded in the experiences of real pastors while presented as the letters of a mature pastor to several fictional recipients, these letters unfold like a novel. Through them, Jinkins explores such themes as developing one’s own spiritual life, finding balance amid conflicting demands, navigating between culture and faith, and discovering Christ’s message for the future of the church. Mature pastors will recognize the wistful I wish I’d known then what I know now at the heart of this book. Now new pastors have a way to gain these insights from a wise and experienced guide.
Description : Both new seminary graduates and experienced pastors have expressed their need for solid, practical advice. Drawing on their combined wealth of experiences pastoring a wide variety of churches, Pastors Wiersbe and Sugden tackle practical questions.