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Pastoral Theology: Essentials of Ministry 1st Edition
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As a middle-aged pastor I picked up my old copy and re-read it. Once again, placing my little commentaries in the margins, "He was right! Boy, was I dumb! Amen! Ouch! Preach it Brother! etc."
I think it took me a little while to catch on. This book is a classic. Every pastor should own a copy. No pastor should judge the book until he or she has spent a few years behind the sacred pulpit. I have no qualms about recommending this book.
I read the book in an attempt to better understand the role of the Pastor and am grateful I did. I especially love the section that leads with "we should not confuse matters of faith with time-conditions, culturally-determined matters of social custom." The book is broken down into five main sections - Becoming a Minister, The Pastoral Office, What Clergy Do and Why, Pastoral Counseling and Crisis Ministry. The book will assist all students of Apologists such as myself. Not much more I can say but read it.
Almost every paragraph bears witness with extensive references to ancient sources.
Pastoral Theology has five major sections: (1) Becoming a Minister, (2) The Pastoral Office, (3) What Clergy Do and Why, (4) Pastoral Counsel, and (5) Crisis Ministry. The introduction addresses the question, "Why Pastoral Theology."
In chapter one, Oden cites or implies five reasons for producing his book: (1) promote inclusion of women in ordained ministry, (2) reaffirm the roots of pastoral theology in tradition, (3) oppose the "lawlessness" of contemporary theology, (4) reinvigorate the study of pastoral theology, and (5) foster an ecumenical understanding of pastoral theology. Although he does an admirable job, the results are not entirely coherent.
For example, his preoccupation with the ordination of women interchangeable with that of men is problematic if the goal is to strengthen the roots of pastoral theology in the NT and tradition. Oden nevertheless makes the attempt. In trying to reconcile those competing goals however, he responds more to modern concerns than ancient ones. In doing that, he necessarily distorts the meaning of some well-known passages. For example, Oden absolutizes Gal 3:28 to argue for radical equality even though the verse is clearly limited to the idea of inheritance. He understands submission in Eph 5:21-33 as mutual despite the presence of three hierarchical examples (husbands/wives, parents/children in 6:1-4, and masters/slave in 6:5-9).Read more ›
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This book is very insightful and very well written.
If also offers every day practical applications to everyday problems and theology.
Good review. Oden is very obviously biased toward ordination of women. That part of the book is not as objective as it should be in my opinion. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by DERetiree
the shippment got to me in the time they said it would take and I was happy with the product.Published on March 28, 2013 by John Meadows