Francis of Assisi is, after Mary of Nazareth, the greatest saint in the Christian calendar, and one of the most influential men in the whole of human history. By universal acclaim, this biography by G. K. Chesterton is considered the best appreciation of Francis’s life–the one that gets to the heart of the matter. For […]
Leaving a pastorate is hard on both congregation and pastor. Learn how to make this transition a growth experience for all. Written for congregations and pastors, Saying Goodbye skillfully weaves accounts from clergy, laity, and educators of seven denominations with White’s own insight as a former General Presbyter to create a resource for meaningful and […]
The inspirational writings of Henri Nouwen have touched millions of readers all over the world. With his death in September 1996 there was a tremendous outpouring of tribute to him and clear recognition of the importance of his writings. Much beloved as a lecturer, author, and spiritual guide–he brought a message of hope and healing […]
This focus on the expression of faith among American Presbyterians surveys important developments in Presbyterian theology and worship. The book provides an understanding of the changes in mainstream Protestantism and American Christianity by analyzing Preaching, worship, hymnody, devotional materials, and social justice pronouncements.
The meaning of declining membership in mainline Protestant denominations has been hotly contested since the 1960s. Drawing on statistical analysis of membership trends, congregational surveys, individual interviews, research on disaffiliation, and case studies of congregations and presbyteries, this volume examines patterns and causes of congregational growth and decline in the Presbyterian church.
From the Preface The aim of the [Hymnal Committee] has been to provide a book for congregational singing with the expectation that all who use it may be enriched by hymns from gospel, evangelical, Reformed, racial, and ethnic traditions in the church. May Presbyterians be renewed and revived in singing their faith, that worship may […]
Prominent writers from different disciplines strive to analyze the Presbyterian predicament and to offer solutions. Robert Wuthnow (Princeton University) uses sociology to trace the decline of American Presbyterianism in relation to other mainline denominations. Edward Farley (Vanderbilt University) lists areas in which Presbyterians’ heritage of ‘critical modernism’ can be discerned. Barbara Wheeler (Auburn Theological Seminary) […]