New Book: Pastoral Theology

Pastoral Theology: Theological Foundations for Who a Pastor is and What He Does by Daniel L. Akin and R. Scott Pace, 336 pages, June 1, 2017

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While many pastoral ministry books focus on the practical duties of the pastor, few works actually consider how theological truth defines the pastor’s role and responsibilities. These pragmatic ministry tools, though instructionally beneficial, essentially divorce biblical doctrine from ministerial practice. As a result, pastors’ lives and ministries often lack the theological roots that provide the stability and nourishment necessary to sustain them. Pastoral Theology constructs a theological framework for pastoral ministry that is biblically derived, historically informed, doctrinally sound, missionally engaged, and contextually relevant. By using traditional theological categories the authors explore the correlation between evangelical doctrine and pastoral practice. Through careful theological integration they formulate a ministry philosophy that defines the pastoral office and determines its corresponding responsibilities in light of theological truth. The authors provide a theological understanding of the pastorate that will equip aspiring pastors to discern and pursue their calling, challenge younger pastors to build on ministerial truth instead of ministerial trends, and inspire seasoned pastors to be reinvigorated in their passion for Christ and his church.

Dr. Danny Akin writes:

The pastoral task is inherently theological—it cannot be otherwise. But too often the theological foundations for this task have been assumed, rather than explored. What we’ve tried to do is provide a resource that can help equip churches, pastors, and training institutions to think well about the biblical and theological basis for pastoral ministry. We pray that this results in healthier pastors, healthier churches, and healthier followers of the Chief Shepherd, King Jesus.

Dr. Scott Pace writes:

Pastoral Theology seeks to establish the theological foundation for pastoral ministry. So many ministry books focus on the practical responsibilities of the pastor without ever exploring the biblical and theological impetus for performing them. Our hope is that Pastoral Theology will help pastors wed their theology with their ministry the way the Lord designed and desires it to be. By understanding the doctrinal roots that define the pastoral office, pastors will be able to more faithfully serve the church and fulfill their calling. Each chapter traces an orthodox doctrine from its theological genesis through its biblical foundation to its practical implications for pastoral ministry.

 

About the Authors:

Daniel L. Akin is the Ed Young Sr. Chair of Expository Preaching, Professor of Preaching & Theology, and President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

R. Scott Pace is the Rev. A. E. and Dora Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry, Associate Professor of Applied Ministry, and Chair of the Christian and Cross-Cultural Ministry Department at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK.

New Books: Power in the Pulpit and Progress in the Pulpit.

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Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons

Power in the Pulpit is an updated and revised edition of the original expository preaching textbook released in 1999. It’s a comprehensive ‘how-to’ book on preparing and delivering expository sermons. The revision lays out a more focused philosophy (Ch. 1) and theology (Ch. 2) of expository preaching, as well as a more simplified process of moving from exegesis to sermon preparation (Chs. 4-6).

In this work, Drs. Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix have achieved a balanced approach to sermon preparation in Power in the Pulpit. This primer combines the perspective of a pastor of forty years with that of someone who devotes daily time to training pastors in the context of theological education. It offers practical preaching instruction from a tradition that sees biblical exposition as a paramount and frequent event in the life of the local church.

Power in the Pulpit is the combined work of Dr. Vines’s two earlier publications on preaching: A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation (Moody Publishers, 1985) and A Guide to Effective Sermon Delivery (Moody Publishers, 1986). Dr. Shaddix carefully organized and supplemented the material to offer this useful resource that closes the gap between classroom theory and what a pastor actually experiences in his weekly sermon preparation.

 

Progress in the Pulpit: How to Grow in Your Preaching

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Progress in the Pulpit is a companion volume that encourages preachers to continue to grow in their preaching. Each of the 12 chapters addresses a different subject wherein a preacher can make progress in his preaching (e.g., planning, evaluating, using language, depending on the Spirit, pulpit disciple-making, etc.).

Like musicans, preachers get better over time—unless, of course, they neglect maintenance. Progress in the Pulpit is for seasoned preachers looking to refresh their craft and receive guidance for contemporary challenges to preaching.

While most preaching books are geared toward new preachers, Progress in the Pulpit builds on the basics and focuses on what often falls into neglect. You will learn to better:

  • Connect to audiences without compromising biblical truth
  • Plan, evaluate, and get feedback on sermons
  • Battle biblical illiteracy in your congregation
  • Employ word studies and other technical aspects of biblical interpretation
  • Increase imagination and creativity in sermon writing
  • Extend the life of a sermon via social media, small groups, and more
  • Establish habits for continued growth

Drs. Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix, who wrote Power in the Pulpit, remain committed to pure expository preaching. Yet they understand that the times change and present new challenges. Here they offer guidance to help preachers stay sharp and grow in the craft of faithfully proclaiming God’s Word.

 

Dr. Jerry Vines (B.A., Mercer University; Th.D., Luther Rice Seminary) retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in 2006, where he served for 40 years. He served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jerry is author of a number of books including Power in the Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons, and A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation. He and his wife, Janet, have four adult children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Jim Shaddix (BS, Jacksonville State University; M.Div., D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, occupying the W. A. Criswell Chair of Expository Preaching. He has pastored churches in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Colorado, and also served as Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA. Jim is the author of The Passion Driven Sermon (Broadman & Holman, 2003) and co-author of Power in the Pulpit with Jerry Vines (Moody, 1999). Jim and his wife, Debra, focus much of their attention on discipling and mentoring young leaders and spouses. They have three grown children.

 

New Book: Entrusted to the Faithful

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Dr. Kenneth Coley, the Director of the Doctor of Education program at Southeastern Seminary has a edited a new book: Entrusted to the Faithful: An Introduction to Pastoral Leadership.

The book includes chapters by eight current and former Southeastern faculty members: Drs. Kenneth Coley, David Beck, Allan Moseley, Steven Wade, James Porowski, Larry Purcell, J. Gregory Lawson, and John Boozer.

With each passing year of the 21st century, pastoral ministry is becoming more complex. Leading a church is not easy. The contributors to this book have accepted the challenge to assist contemporary church leaders with this very real struggle. Entrusted to the Faithful is a valuable tool for an individual currently in ministry or for one who is preparing for future service in the local church. Filled with case studies and practical advice, pastoral staff can use this book for team building and problem solving. Instructors in traditional classrooms, hybrid courses, or online classes will find the format of the book ideal for university or seminary classes.

The authors of these chapters are superb examples of two qualifications: fidelity to the truth and ability to teach. In addition, they celebrate the significance of what the Lord has entrusted to them and eagerly commit it to you in the pages of this book. This work reflects several of the on-going tensions in contemporary theological education. The authors are at once scholars in their disciplines and practitioners with decades of experience in pastoral ministry. They have spent time both in dusty library shelves looking for clues to the answers to ancient questions and in dusty streets of a developing nations exploring contemporary expressions of these questions. The topics chosen for each chapter represent a dimension of significant importance in the local church as well as the subject of centuries of academic research and debate.