Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall has published a new book with pastoral leader Anthony B. Robinson, Called to Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for a New Day (Eerdmans, July 2012), with a foreword by Walter Brueggemann.
Called to Lead is the second for Wall and Robinson in this Called to … series, the first being Called to Be Church: The Book of Acts for a New Day (Eerdmans, 2006). A third, on Scripture's use in a congregation's discussion of ethical issues, is in the planning stages.
From the publisher
Featuring both exegetical study and dynamic contemporary exposition, each chapter of Called to Lead first interprets the text of 1 and 2 Timothy as Scripture and then engages 1 and 2 Timothy for today's church leaders. The book covers many vexing issues faced by church leaders then and now — such issues as the use of money, leadership succession, pastoral authority, and the role of Scripture. Through it all, Called to Lead shows how Timothy remains a text of great value for the church today.
For a very long time the pastor-to-pastor Pauline letters to Timothy have been marginalized by some and grossly misinterpreted by others. It is now time for us to rediscover these letters and to put them into imaginative conversation with the contemporary realities of church and culture. That is precisely what this fine study accomplishes with exegetical care, theological acumen, and pastoral insight. Seminarians, ministers, and other leaders in Christian congregations should read Called to Lead carefully and consider together its potentially transformative implications for the church.
— Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary and University
Full of down-to-earth biblical wisdom, Called to Lead reminds us that there's not a leadership issue we can come up with that hasn't been addressed by Scripture already. . . . The chapter on lay ministry is already worth the price of the book.
— Lillian Daniel, coauthor of This Odd and Wondrous Calling