Testing the Spirits: How Theology Informs the Study of Congregations

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-15
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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In this volume seven scholars provide a helpful map for charting a number of the shifts at the intersection of theological education and congregational development, offering readers keen insights into how to navigate their complexities. Theological educators, seminary students, pastors, and denominational officials and staff will find in these pages substantive biblical and theological perspectives that help to frame specific approaches to moral deliberation and decision-making within congregations and through congregations for the sake of the world. / Contributors: Ronald W. Duty, Pat Taylor Ellison, David Fredrickson, Donald Juel, Patrick Keifert, Lois Malcolm, Gary Simpson.

Author Biography

Patrick Keifert is professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. His other books include Welcoming the Stranger: A Public Theology of Worship and Evangelism and But Is It All True? The Bible and the Question of Truth (Eerdmans).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Contributing Authorsp. ix
Framing the Agenda for Testing the Spiritsp. 1
Developing A Theological Approach For Studying Congregationsp. 11
The Return of the Congregation to Theological Educationp. 13
The Bible and Theological Education: A Report and Reflections on a Journeyp. 27
Congregations, Democracy, and the Action of God in Philippians 1-2p. 48
God, Civil Society, and Congregations as Public Moral Companionsp. 67
Developing A Theological Approach For Congregational Moral Discernmentp. 89
Word-Dwelling, Deep Listening, and Faith-Based Moral Conversation in Congregations: A Nested Vision for Learning New Habitsp. 91
Discerning the Will of God: Congregational Use of Scripture through the Lens of the Crossp. 109
Scripture, Christian Imagination, and the Testimony of Experience in Moral Conversationp. 132
Doing Faith-Based Conversation: Metaphors for Congregations and Their Leadersp. 159
The Dialectic of Idolatry and Profanation: On Discerning the Spirit in Congregational Studiesp. 180
The Use of Scripture in Congregational Researchp. 200
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