Alcohol and the Church: Developing an Effective Ministry

Alcohol and the Church: Developing an Effective Ministry

by Margaret Fuad
     
 

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This book, by the editor of the Presbyterian Alcohol Network News , discusses the role of the church in addressing America's number one drug problem: alcohol. She recapitulates what the Bible says about drinking, noting relevant similarities and differences between biblical and contemporary societies. She also discusses spirituality and alcohol, considerations… See more details below

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This book, by the editor of the Presbyterian Alcohol Network News , discusses the role of the church in addressing America's number one drug problem: alcohol. She recapitulates what the Bible says about drinking, noting relevant similarities and differences between biblical and contemporary societies. She also discusses spirituality and alcohol, considerations concerning personal use or non-use of alcohol, and how to meet the need. An appendix contains a study/syllabus and various lists of resources. Churches and other groups concerned about alcohol awareness will find these lists invaluable. Highly recommended for public libraries.-- says The Library Journal. Adds the BOOKSTORE JOURNAL: "Does the church have a responsibility to help those addicted to alcohol? Does the church have the resources to deal effectively with America's plague of alcoholism? Fuad first answers 'yes' to both questions, then proposes a practical plan of attack, workable for individuals, individual churches, groups of churches, and even denominations. "Fuad's book is probably the best treatment to date of the subject of alcoholism from a solidly biblical perspective. She clearly asserts that the root problem is spiritual and that alcohol abuse must be dealt with from a spiritual perspective if any lasting change is to be accomplished. "She also is clear in contending that the church has been lax in dealing with this national plague. However, she hopes that the current situation can change, and she even sees the beginning signs of such a change. "One of this book's unique features is a thoughtful, scholarly examination of the Hebrew and Greek words for 'wine' and 'strong drink' found in both Testaments. The purpose of this discussion is to determine the biblical view of alcoholic beverages. Fuad concludes that though the Bible apparently condones drinking in moderation, it doesn't answer all the questions surrounding the nature of the alcohol problem in today's society. To fill the gap, Fuad discusses factors that should govern all Christian behavior--love for God, others, and self. "Another not-so-unique, but extremely helpful, discussion centers on the difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism. But the greatest contribution of this work is its multitude of practical suggestions for churches wanting to help their members--and clergy--deal with this devastating problem. It will also prove valuable to anyone concerned about the drinking habits of a family member or friend." Includes bibliography.

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ISBN-13:
2940011895241
Publisher:
Hope Publishing House
Publication date:
11/12/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
228
File size:
0 MB

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