The Pastor as Prophet

Earl E. Shelp and Ronald H. Sutherland, editors, Pilgrim Press, New York, 1985, 184 pages, $9.95, paper.

Reviewed by Pastor Wayne Willey, Amesbury, Massachusetts.

This book of essays is an attempt to call pastors back to theology, rather than the behavioral sciences, as the primary basis for pastoral care. The editors claim that "in the process of integrating the insights of the behavioral sciences with pastoral education, the theological distinctiveness of the church's unique pastoral concerns was placed in jeopardy."

Unfortunately, the proposed theology of pastoral care seems almost indistin guishable from "liberation theology" a social gospel with Marxist overtones. It portrays Latin American liberation the ology as the ultimate contemporary ex ample of the integration of theology and pastoral care.

In spite of the apparent bias of some essayists, most handle the biblical mate rial well, providing insight into the role of biblical prophets. The problem arises in applying those insights to contemporary life. A well-written book, it brings the awareness that pastors need to call their communities and nations, as well as individuals, back to God and righteous deeds that reflect the principles of His kingdom.


Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus
Reviewed by Pastor Wayne Willey, Amesbury, Massachusetts.

August 1988

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

Do Sports belong in SDA Schools?

Are Ellen White's counsels regarding sports anachronistic? Were her statements principles or applications?

Treatment of the erring

How should we deal with the faults of others? Too often correction is absent or counterproductive. The counsel given in this article is as necessary today as when it was first written in 1888. It is published here for the first time.

What ministers' wives want

A worldwide survey reveals the felt needs of pastors' wives.

Reflexology: healing, harmless, or hazardous?

Reflexology: healing, harmless, or hazardous?

On Health and Religion

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up
Advertisement - SermonView - Medium Rect (300x250)

Recent issues

See All
Advertisement - IIW-VBS 2024 (160x600)