61 THE THIRD WORLD OF EVANGELICAL IMAGINATION by Walter Brueggemann The faithful practice of ministry in the church is rooted in the abiding claims of the Gospel. But that faithful practice is also in part shaped by and responsive to the particular social setting of the church. In these comments, I want to reflect on the practice of ministry which is increasingly squeezed between a greedy secularism through which we become brutalized, and reactive religious fearfulness that provides alternative grounds for the same brutalization. (I add as a footnote that a kind of uncommitted religious sensi- tivity without serious cost does not help us either, but that is not a part of this present discussion.) What is at issue in this squeeze play between greedy secularism and religious fearfulness is the integrity of ministry itself. I I take as my conversation partner, at the outset, Paul Pruyser, a clinical psychologist at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, who has paid great attention to the role and responsibility of pastors. I do not understand all of the psychological subtleties he articulates in his recent book, The Play of Imagination but I find suggestive hints for the task I have
Horizons in Biblical Theology – Brill
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