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Shaped By the Bible: (Faithful Congregations Series) [Paperback]

By William H. Willimon (Author)
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Pages   102
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.99" Width: 5" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.26 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1991
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687126568  
EAN  9780687126569  

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Shaped by the Bible offers sound information about the ways congregations are formed and reformed by the biblical message and the living Word. William Willimondiscusses the ways Scripture can form us, reform us, and challenge us, as well as the ways we hide from, close our ears to, and evade the Bible's claims on us.

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More About William H. Willimon

William H. Willimon The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He is recently retired after serving eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973). He has served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina. For four years, beginning in 1976, he served as Assistant Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke Divinity School, teaching courses in liturgics and homiletics and served as Director of the Ministerial Course of Study School at Duke, and Presiding Minister in the Divinity School Chapel. When he returned to the parish ministry in 1980, he was Visiting Associate Professor of Liturgy and Worship at Duke for three years. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College, and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. He also serves on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College as Visiting Distinguished Professor and as Visiting Research Professor at Duke Univeristy Divinity School.

He is the author of sixty books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Over a million copies of his books have been sold. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

His articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. He is Editor-at-Large for The Christian Century. He has served as Editor and Expositor (with his wife, Patricia) for Abingdon’s International Lesson Annual. He has written curriculum materials and video for youth, young adults, and adults. His Pulpit Resource is used each week by over eight thousand pastors in the USA, Canada, and Australia. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors.

William H. Willimon currently resides in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama.

William H. Willimon has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Belief Matters
  2. Horizons in Theology
  3. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary
  4. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  5. Pastor's Handbook
  6. Preaching About-- Series

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The Bible Should Interpret Us, Says Willimon  May 7, 2006
Shaped By the Bible is a cogent book for the argument that the Bible is what makes our churches distinctive from the rest of the world. Countercultural themes rang throughout Willimon's book as he argued for believers to leave any other loyalties even one's own nation and culture for that of the Bible. This leads to a major problem in Biblical interpretation today according to Willimon. Today's church is more concerned about how to change the Bible to fit contemporary people, than it is to let the Bible change people today. The solution according to Willimon is to view the Bible as a distinctive story that shapes us as a people, a community.

Willimon almost seemed to over do this people-forming view with his characterization of the Bible as a political document. However, this can be useful for a church to think through. When leaders meet for business meetings perhaps the Scripture could be read according to the Lectionary. This allows them to acknowledge their submission to the authority of God's Word.

I believe the Bible can be given higher prominence as Willimon proposes by seeing the Scriptures as alive and powerful. Rather than being an archive, it should be a living prophet among us whenever we read it. This can be modeled by pastors who share the changes in their life recently due to their reading of Scripture. To let the Bible interpret us as Willimon suggests, we could practice Bible meditation. Other than that we could meet in groups that require individual journaling and real `homework.' Bible Study Fellowship is a global ministry that attempts this. Also we could enlist the dramatic arts to `reimagine' the stories of the Bible. Oftentimes music, theater, and paintings can help us see the Bible in fresh, gripping ways that motivate us to dig into Scripture deeply.
Vintage Willimon  Jan 4, 2000
This book offers a readable summary of the narrative style interpretation of the Scriptures. For those unfamiliar with the works of Willimon / Hauerwas, this book could be a helpful introduction. It presents the Bible as the church's book, not the book of liberal academia or conservative individuals. As the church's book, the Bible has the power to call forth the kind of people it describes in its stories. This book contains a fresh look at scripture interpretation and performance written with laity in mind, but also helpful for clergy.
Pathetic  Oct 27, 1999
While I don't entirely disagree with all of Willimon's ideas, the arguments he uses to convey them are truly pathetic. He goes on pointless tangents and employs faulty logic. Buy Borg's _The_God_We_Never_Knew_ if you want a much better book.

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