Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Grace of Community

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Grace of Community

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Whether through face-to-face pericope studies in company with colleagues in a particular geographical area or through reading unknown colleagues' perspectives on texts, the knowledge that we stand always within a world-wide community of study and interpretation is a gift of grace. We do not have to do this work alone. We are invited to see a text through the eyes of another's struggles to understand; another's bold assertions and convictions in response to the scriptures.

This month, readers of Currents are offered the grace of community and collegiality both through several essays submitted in deep appreciation for the life and ministry of Duane Priebe and through the collaboration that has borne fruit in Preaching Helps. For this edition of Preaching Helps, Pastor Paul Hoffman of Seattle assembled a group of colleagues to reflect upon the powerful bridge texts that move us from the final days of Lent through Holy Week and into the beginning of the Great Fifty Days.

Paul E. Hoffman is the recently retired pastor of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle and is currently serving the larger church as a pastor, writer, and teacher. He is the author of Faith Forming Faith (Cascade Books, 2012) and Faith Shaping Ministry (Cascade Books, 2013)--two books that have deeply enriched my understanding of faith formation in a local congregation as the work of the people. Wesley C. Telyea is Associate Pastor of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Wash. …

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