Hear and Be Wise
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About "Hear and Be Wise"
Pastors are called to an exciting ministry of proclamation and leadership. This excitement, however, often turns to demoralization and burnout, as pastors become increasingly uncertain of what their role is supposed to be. Competing claims by the congregation, the denomination, and society about who and what the pastor is supposed to be breed confusion and disappointment. Are they primarily managers? Therapists? Fundraisers? A way out of this confusion lies in reclaiming the biblical understanding of who the pastor is. One of the biblical roles within the pastoral vocation that often goes neglected is that of wise teacher or sage. One of the models that Scripture gives us of a good pastor is the person who interprets the word and will of God for daily living. Especially in their preaching, pastors are called to help the members of a congregation understand their place in God's world. Laying out four qualities of the wise teacher--the bended knee, the listening heart, the cool head, and the courageous voice--McKenzie encourages pastors to make each of these integral to their ministry and vocation. She goes on to demonstrate that the se
Meet the Author
Alyce M. McKenzie is Professor of Homiletics at the Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of a number of books including "Preaching Proverbs: Wisdom for the Pulpit" and "Parables for Today", both published by WJK.