Currently I am working on a project called Virtual People (working title) with Baylor University Press. The book is a dialogue between the psychoanalytic thought of D.W. Winnicott and our love for technology.
My latest book is called: Becoming a Pastor: Forming self and Soul for
ministry. Revised and Updatrd (The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 2014). See the link below for more information.
A play-full life: Slowing down and seeking peace. The Pilgrim Press (Cleveland, 2011).
I am proud of this book as an attempt to help people be more play-full in life. Chapters include identifying enemies of play and identifying play-full practices. The book then addresses being play-full when alone, being play-full with others, and being play-full with God.
A Play-full Life
My books address pastoral leadership.
Becoming a Pastor: Forming self and Soul for
ministry. The Pilgrim Press (Cleveland, 2007).
This book came out as a Second Edition in 2014.
Becoming a Pastor
Steeples Cry: Church leadership in times of change. The Pilgrim Press
When Steeples Cry
- Virtual people (Baylor University Press: Forthcoming)
- Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry, Revised and Updated (The Pilgrim Press: April 2014).
- A play-full life: Slowing down and seeking peace (The Pilgrim Press: Cleveland, 2011).
- Reviewed: Cole, Allan Hugh. Source: Interpretation, 67 no 4 O 2013, p 449-450.
- Becoming a pastor: Forming self and soul for ministry (The Pilgrim Press: Cleveland, 2007).
- Reviewed: Binau, Brad A.. Source: Journal of Pastoral Theology, 18 no 1 Sum 2008, p 99-102.
- When steeples cry: Leading congregations through loss and change (The Pilgrim Press: Cleveland, 2005).
- Reviewed: Doehring, Carrie. Source: Journal of Pastoral Theology, 16 no 1 Spr 2006, p 81-82.
- “Playing.” In The Blackwell companion to practical theology. Edited by Bonnie Miller-McLemore(Blackwell Wiley Press: Cambridge, 2011).
- “Don’t and can’t get up: Serious depression.” In The church leader's counseling resource book: A guide to mental health and social problems. Edited by Cynthia Franklin & Rowena Fong (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2011).
- “Self-care and community.” In Welcome to field education! Edited by Matthew Floding (Alban Press: Washington, 2010).
Articles and reviews
- “Playing with Joel: Reflections on The Promise of Practical Theology,” (Under review with The International Journal of Practical Theology)
- Review of Redeeming Fear: A Constructive Theology for Living into Hope by Jason C. Whitehead. In Interpretation (Forthcoming).
- • “The Memory of Feeling: Envy and Happiness,” In Pastoral Psychology (Online First).
- Review of The Church and the Crisis of Community: A Practical Theology of Small-Group Ministry by Theresa F. Latini. In Theology Today, Vol. 70 (October 2013).
- “On getting away with it: Jesus and the temptation in the desert,” In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 62, Issue 5 (September 2013), 671-686.
- “Revisiting forgiveness as a pastoral-theological problem”, In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 61, Issue 4 (October 2012), 435-450.
- “Women in ministry and the psychodynamics of sadness”, In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 59, No. 9 (October 2010), 769-781.
- “Cura vitae: Restoring lives and the search to be real”, In Sacred Spaces, e-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling, Volume 1, Issue 1 (August 2010).
- “Calvinism,” “Donald Woods Winnicott,” “Masochism,” and “Protestantism.” In The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. Edited byDavid A. Leeming, Kathryn Madden and Stanton Marlan (Springer: New York, 2010).
- “Seeing things differently and not being looked at”, In Pastoral Psychology, Volume 58,
Nos. 5-6 (December 2009).
- Review of Open-hearted ministry: Play as key to pastoral leadership by Michael Koppel. In Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 19, No. 1 (Summer 2009).
- “Pastoral implications” for Proper 18–Proper 21: Matt. 18:15-50, Matt. 18:21-35, Matt 20:1-16, Matt. 21:23-32. In Lectionary Homiletics, Volume XIX, No. 5 (August–September 2008).
- Review of Transforming spirituality: Integrating theology and psychology by F. LeRon Shults and Steven J. Sandage. In Interpretation (January 2008).
- Review of Fragile connections: Memoirs of mental illness for pastoral care professionals by Donald Capps. In The Journal of Pastoral Theology,Volume 16, No. 2 (Fall 2006).
- “Reclaiming caritas in a hyper-masculine world.”A response to Dr. Rivera-Pagán’s“Doing Pastoral Theology in a Post-Colonial Context: Some Reflections from the Caribbean.” In The Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 17, No. 2 (Fall 2007).
- Review of Lament: Reclaiming practices in pulpit, pew, and public square bySally A. Brown and Patrick D. Miller, Editors. In Interpretation (June 2006).
- “Remembering the dismembered: Teaching for transformation and restoration,” In The Journal of Pastoral Theology, Volume 16, No. 1 (Spring 2006).
- “Being a chaplain: Call, conversation, and charity,” In The Reformed Review, Volume 57, No. 3 (Spring, 2004).
- “The church is a house in mourning,” In The Reformed Review, Volume 56, No. 1 (Autumn, 2002).
- "Paranoia." In Dictionary of Pastoral Studies. Edited by Wesley Carr (SPCK Press: London, 2002).
- “The search to be real. Why psychotherapists become psychotherapists,” In Journal of Religion and Health, Volume 40, No. 3 (Fall 2001).
- “The rod of discipline: Masochism, sadism, and the Judeo-Christian religion,” In Journal of Religion and Health, Volume 39, No. 4 (Winter 2000).
- "Developing a capacity for concern: The Million Man March as transitional object," In Koinonia, Volume 12, No. 1 (2000).
- "Towards a postmodern methodology for pastoral counseling," In Koinonia,Volume XI.1 (1999).
- "Religious metaphors and symbols in a psychiatric setting," with Daniël Louw. In Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif (December 1997).
- Book note on The image of God: A theology for pastoral care and counseling by Leroy T. Howe, In Theology Today 53:4 (1997).
- Review of Doing theology in context: South African perspectives by John W. De Gruchy and Charles Villa-Vicencio. In Koinonia, Volume VII.2 (1995).
Lectures and workshops
A primary aspect of my calling is to be involved with the local church
and in the life of my denomination, the Reformed Church in America.
I believe the effectiveness of my teaching will not be stronger than
the relationship I have with the church as the Body of Christ. I regularly
lecture and offer workshops on: Teaching for transformation; play ; living
creatively, family dynamics; loss and grief; the formation of one's
self and soul; and, aspects of pastoral psychotherapy.