Archive for ‘Practical Theology’

New Edition Coming Soon

by   |  03.17.21  |  Announcements, Book Excerpts, Practical Theology

A new edition of Qualitative Research is coming soon. Wipf & Stock has agreed to publish a second edition. Due to the wonderful sales, Wipf & Stock will be moving the book to its Cascade imprint.

Preface to the Second Edition

The appeal of the first edition surprised me. It not only filled a lacuna in the literature, but it also met a need in Doctor of Ministry programs across North America. However, I do not like second editions because so much of the material is the same. I wonder, “Was this a way to get me to buy a second book?” While much of this book is the same, it is expanded, revised, and nuanced. The book is different because I am not the same. The idea of a second edition sprouted from the many scattered seeds of feedback from students and colleagues from other institutions. Emails and phone calls from students using the book spotlighted places the book needed clarification. More »

Timely Quote

by   |  01.29.19  |  Lectionary Text, Ministry, Practical Theology, Preaching, Reflections

While preparing for my sermon I read the following.

Today people are fundamentally consumers: they want what they want when they want it, even in the church. If they do not like what is happening or what they hear, they leave and start shopping for a better deal. Meanwhile, the pressure is constantly on preachers to increase attendance, to raise the budget, to grow a church–to do whatever it takes to improve market share. Be nice; be funny; make promises; do not offend. There is an inordinate desire for approval, for applause, for appreciation on the part of pastors today. To Paul’s queston, “Am I seeking human approval, … am I trying to please people?” (Gal 1.10), many preachers today would have to answer, in all honesty, yes. When preachers are captive to public opinion, when churches too easily become purveyors of gospel gimmicks, offering the religious goods and services people want, what is sacrificed is the ability to be a slave of Christ in service to his unchanging gospel. More »

The Effective Practice of Ministry

by   |  09.04.15  |  Ministry, Practical Theology, Resources

I recently was interviewed about  “The Effective Practice of Ministry,” dedicated to Dr. Charles Siburt.  You can watch my interview with highlights on the book here.

Contextual Theology

by   |  09.05.13  |  Practical Theology

I have recently posted a blog entry on the Graduate School of Theology blog describing the nature of contextual theology. Link to the blog here.