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.
In groundbreaking fashion Donald Capps builds on the previous work of Erik Erikson and James Fowler on the eight stages of life and faith development by focusing on the decades of life. This important modification allows developmental theory to be applied to the way people actuallydiscuss life stages, which is in ten-year periods of people’s lives. Capps integrates the insights of psychology with those of pastoral care to show pastors and students how the decades of life impact churches and create situations and contexts for ministry.
Donald Capps is the William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. He is a coauthor of Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys and the author of more than two dozen books in pastoral theology, including Jesus the Village Psychiatrist, The Poet’s Gift, and The Child’s Song, all published by Westminster John Knox Press.