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A Paper

Presented to

Dr. Robert Phillips

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


In Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements for RSTCT 5552-A



Feb. 25, 2008


Abstract Service. Chicago: Institute on the Church in Urban-Industrial Society, 1970- .

Kepple and Muether, DA19. Now prepared by the ICUIS and published by he
Urban-Rural Mission Office, Commission on World Mission and Evangelism,
World Council of Churches. Indexes and abstracts material on the urban
church, church, church ministries to minorities, etc. Also provides information
on where copies of the abstracted items may be obtained. An annual author,
title, and subject index is available.

Forming a Theology of Urban-Industrial Mission. Chicago: Institute on the Church in

Urban-Industrial Society, 1975.
Kepple and Muether, DA20. A classified annotated bibliography of materials
treating the theology of the church’s mission in modern urban society. Author
index. Also lists addresses of sources of the materials listed.

Mission Beyond Survival: The Task for the Urban Church in the Eighties. Chicago:
Institute on the Church in Urban-Industrial Society, 1980.
Kepple and Muether, DA22. A classified annotated bibliography of materials
about the church’s mission in the city. Fairly long descriptive annotations.

Atkinson, David J., and David H. Fields, eds. New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and
Pastoral Theology. Downers Grove, IL.: InterVarsity Press, 1995.
Steward 246. An impressive, two-part work. First, a selection of 18 primary
themes in this field are treated in essays; second, shorter topics are covered in
the remaining 700+ pages. In both sections, articles have good bibliographies.

Byers, David M. and Bernard Quinn. Readings for Town and County Church Workers:
An Annotated Bibliography. Washington, DC: Glenmary Research Center, 1974.
Kepple and Muether, DA24. “An attempt to bring together recent material of
significant value on the peoples, places, problems, and prospects of rural
America.” A highly selective list of 425 primarily non-religious items which
will provide a background for church work in rural areas. Has descriptive and
critical annotations. Indexed by author and by particular states discussed in the
various materials.

Campbell, Alastair V., ed. A Dictionary of Pastoral Care. London: SPCK, 1987.
Stewart, 457. In the space of the only about 300 pages this work’s 300 entries
provide careful coverage of the key themes and concepts in the field.
(Example: the entry on “Pastoral Theology” is two pages long, is
accompanied by eight bibliographic sources, and is cross-referenced to three

other entries.)

Carr, Wesley, ed. The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,
Stewart, 458. Incorporating more than 700 entries by 200 contributors, this
volume is a welcome update to the reference literature in the field, going a
long way toward brining treatment of the subject up to date. There is a
thorough general bibliography at the end. Placing bibliographies with the
articles themselves would have made this work even better.

Dayton, Edward R. Resources for Christian Leader: a Guide for Churches,

Denominations, Missions, Service Agencies, 8th ed. Monrovia, CA: Missions
Advanced Research & Communication Center, 1985.
Kepple and Muether, DA1. Like the previous editions, about half of this book
is a selective, classified, annotated bibliography of books to help the Christian
leader. Includes both works from a Christian perspective (marked with a *)
and helpful “secular” works. The rest of the book lists other resources
(computers, newsletters, magazines, calendars, workbooks, cassettes, films,
management and technical associations, training seminars, resource centers,
directories). Has author, title, and publisher indexes.

Dowling, Elizabeth M., and W. George Scarlett, eds. Encyclopedia of Religious and
Spiritual Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2006.
This work’s aim is “better understanding the similarities and differences
between world religions and spiritualities, between world religions and
spiritualities, between expressions of the divine and between experiences of
the transcendent (xxiii).” Provides a variety of topics with bibliographies and
cross references. It includes list of entries and subject word index.

Fecher, Vincent John. Religion & Aging: An Annotated Bibliography. San Antonio:
Trinity University Press, 1982.
Kepple and Muether, DA26. Lists with good descriptive annotations 473
books, dissertations, and articles (primarily English-language) on the religious
aspects of life after age 60. Arranged under four major headings with useful
subject and author indexes. A supplement at the back lists (without
annotations) 11 “unlocated titles” and 20 “new titles.” A primary
bibliographical tool for study of this topic.

Frenchak, David J. and Clinton E. Stockwell. A General Bibligraphy for Urban Ministry.
Chicago: Urban Church Resource Center and the Seminary Consortium for Urban
Pastoral Education, 1982.
Kepple and Muether, DA21. A bibliography of about 400 items, arranged in
two sections (books and periodical articles) by author. No annotations or
subject classification. Useful as a raw list of “significant” material, but
provides no help in evaluation that material.

Goreham, Gary A. Rural Church in America, a Century of Writings: A Bibliography.

New York: Garland, 1990.
Kepple and Muether, DA23. An extensive collection of 2,188 books, articles,
theses, government publications, reports, and newspaper articles on the topic.
Arranged by type of publication, subarranged by author. Author and subject

Gorman, G. E., and Lyn Gorman. Theological and Religious Reference Materials. Vol. 3:
Practical Theology. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1986.
Stewart, 456. Through annotations make this a rich source of bibliographic
information. Separate sections are included on Practical Theology generally,
Liturgy and Worship, Homiletics, Education, Counseling, and Sociology.
There are indexes by author, title, and subject.

Hunter, Rodney J., ed. Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville:
Abingdon, 1990.
Stewart, 459. The breadth and depth of this work (1,300+ pages) qualifies it as
an encyclopedia, rather than a dictionary. This work’s objectives are to
provide practical information, to integrate practice with theological and social
theory, to provide focus and identity for pastoral care, and to promote
ecumenical consciousness and understanding (pp. xi-xii). Bibliographies and
cross references are extensive.

Suseelan, M. A, ed. Resource Book on Aging. New York: United Church Board for
Homeland Ministries, 1981.
Kepple and Muether, DA25. Produced by the United Church of Christ, this
work both describes the aging and lists numerous resources for working with
the aging. Major sections are: Theological Perspectives on Aging, Description
of the Aging, Services to the Aging, and Additional Resources on Aging
(organizations, bibliographies, etc.).

Turnbull, Ralph G, ed. Baker’s Dictionary of Practical Theology, Grand Rapids: Baker,
Kepple and Muether, DA5. Intended to be “a source book for pastors and
students.” Ten major topical sections: preaching, homiletics, hermeneutics,
evangelism and missions, counseling, administration, pastoral, stewardship,
worship, and education. Under each heading are a number of essays on
aspects of the topic, complete with bibliographies. Indexed by subject and by
persons. Conservative and American orientation.

Wakeman, Gordon S. The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Philadelphia:

Westminster Press, 1983.
Kepple and Muether, DA4. Intended to provide “direct access to the whole
development and present state” of Christian spirituality. About 150
international scholars have contributed over 350 articles representing
international and ecumenical perspectives. Many biographical entries among
the signed articles. Bibliographies are appended to most articles.
Water, Mark, ed. The Encyclopedia of Prayer and Praise. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson
Publishers, 2004.
This work is made of two parts: Part One is about Individual Prayers by
Topic, indexed by authors and sources, and subjects. Part Two is consists of
Historical Works on Prayer and Collected Prayers. Includes collections of
prayers of pious Christians of previous and contemporary generations, prayers
for young children and young people, and teachings on prayer.