Book: Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work

Book: Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work

Another Eugene H. Peterson work for the ministry formation course. Here, he takes the Magiloth (never heard the term before, myself) – five books of the old testament – Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther – and interprets them for pastors.

A few traps that he is warning against:

  • being seduced by the wisdom of the world, and not bothering to pray
  • creating stories that listeners can immerse themselves in
  • sharing the pain of others
  • where it’s useful, pointing out how temporary things are.
  • understanding the church as a community made by God

Not as practical as the other book of his that I’ve read, but for his insights in pastoral care, it’s worth a flick through.

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