Best Advice: Wisdom on Ministry from 30 Leading Pastors and Preachers

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-19
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
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This book gathers a diverse group of leading pastors and preachers and asks them: ¿What is your best advice to colleagues in ministry about preaching and being a pastor?¿ The responses are full of wisdom and practical advice, illuminating and helpful for all who are pastors and preachers. This book is a unique window into perspectives on ministry in the twenty-first century. It is an ideal book to give to one¿s pastor or a graduating seminarian. It is one pastors will turn to often for inspiration, insight, and wisdom.

Author Biography

William J. Carl III, is President and Professor of Homiletics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He served as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas, for over two decades. He is the author of a number of books, including The Lords Prayer for Today, published by Westminster John Knox Press.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
What I Would like to Tell My Colleagues in Ministryp. 1
Listen to What the Congregation Says about Preachingp. 7
Three Temptations of the Pastorp. 14
Toward a Definition of Preachingp. 21
Why Stay in the Church?p. 26
Side Thoughts on Preaching for Those Who Must Stammer God's Unnamed Namep. 33
Preaching in a Church Where the Culture Needs to Changep. 39
Finding the Power to Preach When You're Exhaustedp. 45
The Signature Sermonp. 51
Dealing with Diversityp. 57
Being Repairers of the Breachp. 63
Don't Take My Advicep. 69
You Don't Have All the Answers-and That's Okayp. 75
Imagination and the Exegetical Exercisep. 80
In Loco Pastorisp. 87
Keeping Your Eye on the Ball: Wisdom for Preachers from the Splendid Splinterp. 93
Preaching: Some Affirmations and Admonitionsp. 101
Preaching From, With, and Forp. 108
Homiletical Proverbsp. 114
To Keep My Head Clearp. 121
Embracing the Church God Gave Mep. 127
Do You Love Me?p. 134
How to Be an Effective Pastor and Preacherp. 140
Love God, Love Your Peoplep. 147
An Old Preacher's Unsolicited Advicep. 153
I Thank You, God, My Heart Is Beating: The Place of Elemental Prayer in a Preacher's Lifep. 161
Learning and the Life of the Pastorp. 166
Questions for the Preacherp. 172
My Advice for Preachersp. 179
Loving a Peculiar Peoplep. 185
Contributorsp. 191
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