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There is a lot of tension in churches today about whose ministry is primary-that of the laity or of the clergy. L. William Countryman argues that we can only resolve that problem by seeing that we are all priests simply by virtue of being human and living, as we all do, on the mysterious and uncertain border with the Holy. Living on the Border of the Holy offers a way of understanding the priesthood of the whole people of God and the priesthood of the ordained in complementary ways by showing how both are rooted in the fundamental priestly nature of human life. After an exploration of the ministry of both laity and ordained, Countryman concludes by examining the implications of this view of priesthood for churches and for educating those studying for ordination.
"What a blessing to have at hand William Countryman's book, which, by disentangling ordination from real ministry, does an extraordinary job of clarifying what we mean when we speak of the church, of religion, and of God. I wish every self-identified 'person of faith' could read this remarkable, thought-provoking book." -Bruce Bawer, author of Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity
Provides the reader one part of of the process in developing a personal theology.
All baptized Christians interested in discerning their God-given gifts and the possibilities for ministry to which God calls them will find this book helpful.
I thought long and hard as to what should be my first book to read after my ordination to the priesthood.
We used this book in a small group Bible Study/Discussion group... It sparked good discussions and I recommend the book to anyone interested in aids to living the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Housekeeper
Great book for group study. He posits some interesting perspectives on how we live in the world between secular and Christian ministry implementation. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth Barker
Bear with the first section. I know it seems like Countryman is repeating and rephrasing a lot of the same idea, but this is a beautiful work that invites you to contemplate and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A number of the other reviewers have given good summaries of Countryman's main points. I'll just add my voice to those who suggest that this book is an excellent choice for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John R. Deuel
Read as part of Education for Ministry Year four. Provides the reader one part of of the process in developing a personal theology.Published 4 months ago by Robert M Anderson
If ever a church member has been in, seen or heard of conflict between the ordained and the lay of the church this is an excellent read for it explains that all persons--NOT JUST... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was assigned for Education for Ministry this year. EfM calls us to discern God's call to us as his unordained ministers in the modern age and to prepare ourselves to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by James M. Surprenant
a interesting idea about lay theology, the author is well versed and clear in his writing on this subject in this bookPublished 4 months ago by 1Coaster
Read as an EfM Interlude offering, I’ve mixed emotions about this book. I didn’t enjoy its first half and felt it tedious, agenda driven (read LGBT) and wordy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by An Observer