Printer Friendly

The Last Long Pastorate: A Journey of Grace. (Briefly Noted).

F. Dean Lueking, Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois, for 44 years, describes the challenges, changes, joys, and trials of that ministry in The Last Long Pastorate: a Journey of Grace (Eerdmans, $20). In those years he was an active participant in the doctrinal controversies in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that led to the parish leaving that church, going through a long lawsuit that went all the way to the Supreme Court. He describes his growing ecumenical activity both locally and internationally and the parish's developing involvement in social issues and the establishment of support groups of various kinds. This brief note does not do justice to the interesting story, which is ultimately a statement showing the advantages of a long-term ministry--provided that the pastor is open to change and growth, while firmly grounded in the gospel as is Lueking. I was fascinated enough to read it at a single sitting (Lueking was a seminary classmate). An interesting read, it will fascinate any parish pastor.
COPYRIGHT 2003 Lutheran School of Theology and Mission
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Krentz, Edgar
Publication:Currents in Theology and Mission
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 2003
Previous Article:Preaching John. .
Next Article:The Bible in Modern Culture. (Briefly Noted).

Related Articles
God's Chosen Path: the Life of H. Franklin Paschall.
Exploring Spiritual Direction. (Featured Reviews).
Anthony, Mark. The dark remains.
Facing chronic illnesses with hope.
A journey worthy of Ulysses.
Mourning the passing of a great nursing leader: nursing pioneer Irihapeti Ramsden, mourned by thousands throughout New Zealand, was controversial in...
Hear who you are!
A Tomb in Seville.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |