Ministering in the Presence of Your King

Ryan Lister | March 23, 2016

Let me begin with a confession: I typically find books of collected essays frustrating.

They can be like a greatest hits album from a one-hit wonder, or that Costco sample that sends you racing down the aisle for a full container only to find the sample was all they had. They contain either numerous articles that say little or numerous articles that leave you wanting more. 

Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God: Theological Reflections on Ministry and the Christian Life is a collection of 15 essays by John Jefferson Davis, longtime professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Thankfully, this book delivers on much of what it promises.

The theme of divine encounter forms the ballast of a trilogy, of which this is the final volume. Davis first focused on God’s presence with his people in worship (Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence, 2012), then its place in devotional Scripture reading (Meditation and Communion with God: Contemplating Scripture in an Age of Distraction, 2012 [review]). In this final installment, he focuses on the place of divine presence in ministry and the Christian life.

From Libraries to Pews

Davis writes Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God to demonstrate…

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