Grace and Peace

Grace and Peace : Southern Wisconsin Sermons

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-The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some shepherds and teachers...- (Ephesians 4:11). From the earliest days of the Christian church, itinerant preachers -- some entrusted with the ministry of oversight -- traveled from one congregation to another, visiting the faithful in diverse places, speaking the truth in love. These representatives of the wider church visited in order to promote unity, bring about reconciliation, equip the saints for ministry, combat that which is not worthy of disciples, and nurture mature faith and behavior -- in short, to build up the whole body of Christ in love. Randi Walker, Professor of Church History at Pacific School of Religion, writes that she has found -no more powerful thing church leaders can do to strengthen the churches than to visit them with love.- These -visitations of love, - she observes, need to be -honest, open, caring but challenging, a reminder of things that it is in our nature to forget.- Modern itinerants carrying out this ancient calling bear titles like Bishop, Superintendent, Presbytery Executive, or Regional Minister. -Grace and Peace- is a sampling of 25 sermons from the final years of one such church leader, drawn from his Sunday morning visits to bring, in Walker's words, -the disturbing intrusiveness of love into business as usual in the church.-show more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 272g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508556970
  • 9781508556978

About Kent J Ulery

Kent Ulery served from 2011-2015 in the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ as Interim Associate Conference Minister for the Support of Pastors and Care of Churches, assigned to the Southeast and the Southwest Associations. Previously he served as the 10th President and Professor of Pastoral Leadership of Bangor Theological Seminary, as the UCC Conference Minister in Michigan, and as a pastor in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. A graduate of DePauw University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and McCormick Theological Seminary, he is the author of "No Longer at Ease: Seven Churches and the Empire" - an adult bible study resource on the book of Revelation, available from Kent and his wife, Meg, reside in Arlington Heights, Illinois where he looks forward to retirement after forty years of ordained more