Book "Remembering Jesus" Named to
Academy's "Top Ten" List
Posted June 25, 2003
HOLLAND -- The Academy of Parish Clergy Inc. has
named the book "Remembering Jesus: Christian Community,
Scripture, and the Moral Life" by Dr. Allen Verhey of the
Hope College religion faculty one of the "Top Ten Books for
Parish Ministry" published in 2002.
In the book, Verhey, who is the Evert J. and
Hattie E. Blekkink Professor of Religion at Hope, asserts
that following Jesus requires remembering Jesus, which
entails reading and understanding Scripture, where the
memory of Jesus is found. "Remembering Jesus" examines what
Jesus said and did, and applies it to medical, sexual,
economic and political ethics. The book also explores the
church in relation to Jesus's teaching.
"Remembering Jesus" was published by Wm. B.
Eerdmans Publishing Co. of Grand Rapids. A total of four
books published by the company were on the academy's top 10
list, more than by any other publisher.
In December, "Remembering Jesus" was one of nine
theology books included as recommended reading by "The
Christian Century" in the publication's "Special Christmas
Section of Books and CDs."
Verhey is the author or editor of nine other
books, including "The Great Reversal: Ethics and the New
Testament" and the anthology "On Moral Medicine:
Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics," the latter of
which won a CHOICE award as one of the outstanding academic
books of 1987. He has written some 200 articles which have
appeared in journals, as chapters of scholarly books or as
contributions to encyclopedias.
His book "Reading the Bible in the Strange World
of Medicine" will be forthcoming from Eerdmans in November.
The Academy of Parish Clergy is a voluntary and
self-governing association of clergypersons, both men and
women, with pastoral roles, ordinarily in congregational
settings. The primary purpose of the academy is to clarify
the vocational role of parish clergy and to enhance
professional competence by setting standards, imposing self-
discipline for effective service and collectively addressing
the needs of their profession.