Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
A collection of 4 new and 8 previously published essays on the subjects of practical theology, homiletics and worship, Christian education, and pastoral care. Farley offers a more faithful approach to the tasks of ministry for seminarians and pastors too often tempted to equate pastoral care with popular psychology, good preaching with snappy public speaking, or Christian education with flashy curriculum. By holding theology and practice in an inescapable partnership, Farley rightly re-focuses the Church's life on its proper object and subject, a mysterious transforming God.
Chapters include: Theology in the Life of the Congregation Theology and Practice Outside the Clerical Paradigm Interpreting Situations: An Essay in Practical Theology Toward a Practical Theology of Popular Religion Hermeneutics Beyond the New Dualism Preaching the Bible and Preaching the Gospel Toward a New Paradigm for Preaching A Practical Theology of Preaching The Tragic Dilemma of Church Education Local Learning: A Congregational Inquiry Phenomenology and Pastoral Care