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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827227191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827227194
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen V. Sprinkle is tenured as an Associate Professor of Practical Theology, and has held the office of Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry since 1994 at Brite Divinity School, located on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. A native of North Carolina, he is an ordained minister of the Alliance of Baptists. He is the first open and out member of the Brite Divinity School Faculty, and the first gay scholar to be tenured in its 94 year history. Dr. Sprinkle is the author of several articles and chapters in books, and of two books, Disciples and Theology (1997) and Ordination (2004), both published by Chalice Press.

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Stephen V. Sprinkle is Professor of Practical Theology, and has held the office of Director of Field Education and Supervised Ministry since 1994 at Brite Divinity School, located on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. A native of North Carolina, he is an ordained minister of the Alliance of Baptists. Dr. Sprinkle was named 2010 Hero of Hope by the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas for his advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community, and serves as Theologian in Residence at the Cathedral. He is the first openly gay member of the Brite Divinity School Faculty, and the first gay scholar to be tenured in its 98-year history.

Dr. Sprinkle is the author of several articles and chapters in books, and of three books, Disciples and Theology (1997) and Ordination (2004), both published by Chalice Press. His newest book, entitled Unfinished Lives: Reviving the Memory of LGBTQ Hate Crimes Victims (2011), is now published by Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Dr. Sprinkle tells the stories of fourteen representative persons out of the thousands of LGBTQ people murdered for their sexual orientation and gender non-conformity, in order to call the country to enact and enforce hate crimes laws for the protection of all Americans. Research for the book has taken him all over the United States. In 2012, Unfinished Lives won the Silver Medal in Gay/Lesbian Non-Fiction from the Independent Book Publishers Awards (IPPYs) in New York City. Dr. Sprinkle is also the Founder and Director of the Unfinished Lives Project, an online resource dedicated to the memories of LGBTQ hate crimes victims: http://unfinishedlivesblog.com. He and his partner Rob Rodriguez live in Dallas, Texas.

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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By James C. Gregg on April 7, 2004
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The first three chapters provide an excellent and challenging theological reflection on ordination, but if you still need to be convinced of why you should read this book, start with the ending! The extensive, step-by-step manual for planning an ordination service in chapter four is invaluable for anyone preparing to graduate from seminary (or for the ordination committees charged with guiding these seminarians). The simple, "how-to" schedule begins six months before the ordination, takes you through the day of the service, and includes follow-up tasks for the week after the ordination. It is also well-worth the price of admission just to read the six inspiring examples of ordination sermons at the end of the book. A must-read for anyone considering ordination or for friends and family who want to understand the ordination process better. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Ellis on March 30, 2009
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This resource is a must for all ordination candidates and anyone wishing to better understand ordination. It presents the process of ordination in several different traditions such as Baptist, Presbyterian, Christian Church(Disciples of Christ) and more.
Sprinkle includes solid information from respected theologians from different traditions who offer a rounded view of what ordination is for the congregation and the individual.

The writing is easily understood by the lay person as well as the theologians. Included are the actual denominational orders of service which can be used for planning ordination services.

This is a must for any theological library.
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