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The Shape of Practical Theology: Empowering Ministry With Theological Praxis [Paperback]

By Ray S. Anderson (Author)
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Pastors, your belief system affects more than your congregational statement of faith---it shapes every aspect of your day-to-day ministry. In this lively, groundbreaking text, Professor Anderson uses case studies to inspire church leaders to integrate faith and practice, empowering their ministry through exploration of the shape, praxis, and pastoral aspects of practical theology.

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Too often in the life of the church, theological reflection and the practical matters of leading and serving have been considered independently. The result has been the impoverishment of both Christian faith and Christian practice. In this groundbreaking book Ray Anderson reflects theologically and practically on preaching, worship, ethics, social justice, therapy, family, homosexuality, burnout in ministry, reconciliation in relationships and theological education itself. The result is The Shape of Practical Theology, a new and renewing foundation for engaging in Christian ministry. Anderson lays out his threefold goal as follows: to define more clearly the shape of practical theology as truly a theological enterprise rather than mere mastery of skills and methods to demonstrate the praxis of practical theology as critical engagement with the interface between the word of God as revealed through Scripture and the work of God taking place in and through the church in the world to deal with practical pastoral theology from the perspective of those who are on the "field of play" of life and ministry, where preaching, counseling and teaching does affect for many persons the outcome of the game Illuminated by stimulating discussion and helpful case studies, The Shape of Practical Theology is aimed at seminary students, at Christian educators, and at working pastors and counselors. Anderson's work, fascinating and fruitful, brings together the Word of God with the Spirit of God in the ever-changing context of real-life ministry.

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Studio: IVP Academic
Pages   342
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2001
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830815597  
ISBN13  9780830815593  

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More About Ray S. Anderson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ray S. Anderson is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, California. He is author of Historical Transcendence and the Reality of God and On Being Human.

Ray S. Anderson currently resides in Huntington Beach, in the state of California. Ray S. Anderson has an academic affiliation as follows - The Fuller Theological Seminary.

Ray S. Anderson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Forming Leader's for God's People
  2. Signposts in Theology

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Relevant ministry for the 21st century  Jan 28, 2008
The Shape of Practical Theology: Empowering Ministry with Theological Praxis, is a deftly articulation of the praxis of pastoral theology by Dr. Ray S. Anderson. Dr. Anderson boldly rejects the sharply drawn lines of demarcation, established by some scholars that separate academic theology from practical theology, and argues effectively that a "bridge" has been constructed that achieves greater collaboration. Dr. Anderson's thorough and reasoned definition of what practical theology is was insightful, exhilarating, and daunting considering the theological context that most clergy professionals find themselves operating in.
Wrong Source of Authority Disables Theory of Praxis  Apr 13, 2007
Ray S. Anderson's book, The Shape of Practical Theology: Empowering Ministry with Theological Praxis, was a heart breaking disappointment. Having high hopes when I first found the title, I was anxious to read the book. By the end, I was sick at heart at the state of modern theology it portrayed.

Behind the book is a stated premise that there is no such concept as absolute truth. No passage of Scripture is held to be an absolute commandment, applicable to all peoples in all generations or all cultures. Everything is relative and subject to redefinition based on the standards of the society in which one lives.

Since Scripture lacks absolute truth, and has no absolute commandments, every passage is subjective in nature, based on how the individual pastor or parishioner feels the Spirit may be leading. God, being sovereign, may redefine His laws, His words, and His truths in each generation and culture. Pastors must use culture to determine what action to take based on the suggestive and subjective guidelines of Scripture. Exegesis is replaced with Praxis as a hermeneutic criterion, and the loose concept of "finding antecedents" becomes the preferred means of interpreting the Word.

In short, this book is a blueprint for the subjective use of God's Word, as is more often seen in the Emerging Church. This book is simply not about practical theology so much as it is about following one's gut in lieu of not having definitive Scripture on which to rely.
A Theological Praxis!  Mar 16, 2007
Though I am not in the same theological camp as Ray Anderson, I must say that this book has helped me revisit my approach the the biblical text. I especially like his treatment on the Holy Spirt. He gives a balance approach, not forgotten and not overexposed.

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