Two eminent theologians,William H. Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas, dissect the Lord's Prayer phrase by phrase, from "Our Father" to "Amen," providing a fuller understanding of the Prayer's relationship with Christain life.
Ordained ministry, says Willimon, is a gift of God to the church--but that doesn't mean that it is easy. Always a difficult vocation, changes in society and the church in recent years have made the ordained life all the more complex and challenging. Is the pastor primarily a preacher, a professional caregiver, an administrator? Given the call of all Christians to be ministers to the world, what is the distinctive ministry of the ordained? When does one's ministry take on the character of prophet... more info>>
One of the great sources of discouragement for those in ordained ministry is the perception that they are alone. The challenges and difficulties they face seem all the larger for their frequent lack of mentors and friends with whom to discuss them, and from whom to learn. Yet, according to William H. Willimon, a "cloud of witnesses" surrounds those in ordained ministry, forebears from whom they could learn if they had the opportunity to listen. The challenges and joys of ministry are not new; th... more info>>
For well over a decade, William H. Willimon has contributed to the "Last Word" column in The Christian Ministry. The columns are short, sometimes humorous, insightful meditations on the church and its ministry. In The Last Word, Willimon has chosen 52 of these meditations, which are ideal for use at the beginning of staff meetings or for reading and meditation by individual Christians. Willimon's "common touch," which helps make theology more accessible, and the often humorous slant of his writi... more info>>