Here are some of my books and articles that people have found helpful over the years. In most cases I have made some revisions from their original publication. These are copyrighted books and articles for your own personal use. They are not to be altered or reproduced in any form or sold to other parties.
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The OIKOS Papers on Work, Family and Faith
Twelve short papers introducing a way we might think about the connections between family life, economics, faith, and the land that supports us all. They arose as discussion guides for the OIKOS Project on Work, Family and Faith, which my wife Sylvia and I conducted from 1984 to the mid nineties. They include papers on the basic concept of the “oikos” as it applies to stewardship, vocation, marriage, management, faith, parenting and other issues.
BLESSED BE THE BOND: Christian Perspectives on Marriage and Family.
Presentation of a framework for understanding the relationship between Christian symbols (covenant, sacrament, vocation, and communion) to the “subjects” of marriage and family (self, couple, family, and household), and the forms of social relationships (hierarchical, egalitarian, and organic). Concludes with a proposal for a contemporary theology of marriage and family.
PRAYING FOR GOD’S REPUBLIC: A Proposal for Transforming Our Worship.
Proposes ways we might transform our worship to one based on the symbols and paradigms of patriarchy and monarchy to those of democratic, constitutional republics.
ROUNDTABLE WORSHIP: A Reflective Guide
Presents practices of worshipping at a round table based on the circle practices of restorative justice. This work can be found with related resources at JustPeace: The United Methodist Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation.
“With the Grain: Woodworking, Spirituality and the Struggle for Justice,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, No. 123 (November, 2005) 6-15. Presented at a symposium in honor of John DeGruchy upon his retirement at the University of Cape Town.