Rating: 4 out of 5
The 3rd volume in Thomas C. Oden's new series of books with Zondervan JOHN WESLEY'S TEACHINGS explores what Wesley believed about pastoral theology, which Oden is quick to assert were based on Wesley's commitment to the Bible's teachings.
Wesley's thoughts on pastoral theology centered on the concept and practice of the care of souls. Oden reveals the many practical teachings Wesley gave for caring for souls through counseling people through spiritual struggles and hardships. Wesley took the care of souls concept and applied it to the family, and this is one of the most relevant sections of the book for me personally as the leader and shepherd of my own family. Oden also looks at Wesley's teachings on the sacraments, areas where I find some disagreement. He then covers the leadership of the church and evangelism.
Oden's series is a great exploration of the teachings of one of the greatest leaders in church history. This volume is especially relevant for leaders in the church.
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