Title: The Orthodox Pastor: A Guide to Pastoral Theology
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Press January 2008
0913836036 / 9780913836033
Seller ID: 92294
'Many of the titles offered in by Eighth Day Books address directly or obliquely the 'liturgical crisis' of contemporary life, a crisis we define as amnesia of the content and meaning of Christian worship. While a multitude of compassionate voices has spoken about the issue and offered plausible solutions -- in the Roman Catholic world, these voices tend evoke the word 'Return' and in the Protestant world, the word 'Emergence'-- the crisis has meanwhile affected one group most acutely: priests, pastors and spiritual directors. The Christian pastor's concern is the concrete destiny of a human soul, a soul perhaps surrounded and confused by the vapidity of modern culture and by sudden changes in liturgical practice. Archbishop John, Athonite monk and former Dean of St Vladimir's Seminary, was such a compassionate pastor, demonstrating practical love for the simplest and most vulnerable of God's children. 'A good pastor,' he writes, 'is a warrior and a commander; a helmsman and a captain, a father, a mother, brother, son, friend, servant; a carpenter, a polisher of precious stones, a gold seeker; a writer writing the book of life.' Archbishop John discusses the most practical and 'mundane' concerns of both pastor and parishioner-preparation for services, church music, home visits, church school, money, parish management-yet he easily and naturally roots his counsel in the theology of Christ as the true Pastor and Shepherd, in whose ministry all pastors participate.