Subject Area: Religion-Ministry

Anthology of the Sermons of J. Michael Reu Vol. One: Advent to Easter Cycle Sermons
 Johnston, Paul I.
1995 0-7734-9061-2 436 pages
The Anthology of the Sermons of J. Michael Reu is the only resource exhaustively to collect and present all of Reu's English-language sermon outlines, sketches, and fully-developed sermons for the first time to enable scholars of American church history, Luther historians, Reformation scholars and church professionals to examine Reu's theological presuppositions and historical insights as he applied these to preaching. This definitive two-volume collection includes sermons for every Sunday of the church year and also for festival and special occasions, as well as major convention addresses translated for the first time from the German. The volumes are meticulously edited and standardized as to style, spelling, and format of the text, and are easy to use, with helpful lists and an index of published and manuscript sermon sources to identify quickly on sermon by Scripture text, date of origin, or location. Parish clergy will find here a wealth of ideas for opening the text of Scripture to a full and persuasive exegetical development from a theologian who was an acknowledged master of the homiletical art in the Lutheran Church. The sermons contain rich insights, and furnish the busy pastor with examples of how to make textual preaching vivid and applicable to everyday life. Still fresh and powerful in their examination of the human condition and Gospel comfort, these sermons by one of this century's best-known and most admired preachers in the confessional Lutheran tradition encourage and inspire by their directness, their scholarship, and by their deep pastoral concern. Historians will find the books of interest in identifying major themes in Reu's anthropology and sociology, while theologians will profit from the many clues Reu provides in these sermons as to the content and style the proclamation of the Word should assume, especially as it relates to the Small Catechism of Martin Luther. A number of sermons featured in the Anthology are from the Johann Michael Reu Collection, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, and have never before been published; others were published previously in the periodical Kirkliche Zeitschrift, which Reu edited from 1904-1943.

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Image of the Church Minister in Literature
 Heidt, Edward R.
1995 0-7734-9084-1 172 pages
Examines, through a close reading of wide-range texts, how the image of the religious minister and religion is mirrored. Authors include Chaucer, Shakespeare, George Eliot, James Joyce, Trollope, Morris West, Graham Greene, Bernanos, and others. The book also distinguishes itself in terms of genres considered and non-canonical texts studied: Fitzgerald's short story "Absolution"; Chapter 7 of John Henry Newman's only semi-autobiographical novel; Edmund Gosse's unique text; and Ralph Waldo Emerson's text from the essay genre combined with his various journal entries and letters. An interdisciplinary effort, this volume is well-documented and researched, yet still accessible to non-academic readership.

Price: $159.95

Pope Francis Is the First Jesuit Pope: Explaining How Francis' Religious Formation Guides His Leadership of the Catholic Church
 Krettek, Tom
2023 1-4955-1109-X 278 pages
"Pope Francis Encounters an opposition entirely different from his predecessors. This resistance is particularly striking in the United States. ...A simple somewhat unacknowledged factor that triggers conflicts with Pope Francis is that he is a Pope who thinks like a Jesuit." Fr. Tom Krettek ("Introduction")

Price: $199.95

Somebody's Brother. A History of the Salvation Army Men's Social Service Department, 1891-1985
 McKinley, E. H.
1986 0-88946-665-3 275 pages
Covers the first century of the Men's Social Service Department's existence. Includes a useful bibliography of materials in the Salvation Army archives.

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The Church's Ministry to Adolescents: Developing Faith, Dedication, and Life Purpose in Teenagers
 Yake, John C.
2022 1-4955-1005-0 464 pages
From the author's preface: "The experimentation that has characterized youth ministry since multitudes of teens have quit the Church in the last few decades has failed. Parish or high school-based youth group efforts that have continuously sprung up only to fold up soon thereafter have not been able to address the religious needs of teenagers in satisfactory or comprehensive ways. ...This book delineating Youth Ministry Theory (YMT) attempts to supply what has been missing from youth ministry...." (softcover: This book is a reprint of *Theory of Religious Ministry to Youth: Faith Development and the Christ in Others Retreat* (2005) with a new introductory section.

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Theory of Religious Ministry to Youth: Faith Development and the Christ in Others Retreat
 Yake, John C.
2005 0-7734-6066-7 476 pages
This book builds upon doctoral research into the pastoral dynamics of the “Christ in Others” Retreat (COR), designed for late adolescents and which utilizes the faith development theory and research instrument of Dr. James W. Fowler. That study demonstrated that COR has potential to transform and support adolescent faith development. Insights were gained into youth ministry (YM) and the distinctive features of adolescent evangelization. This book synthesizes further reflection upon this dissertation, YM experience, and reading into a foundational method that can promise an effective ministry with youth. The book delineates five essential principles that need to come together to form a comprehensive program of YM. It is written for pastors, youth ministers, high school chaplains, campus ministers, teachers, parents and Christians who want to understand the unique dynamics of youth ministry: how to succeed, what to do, who should do what?

Price: $279.95