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WOODVILLE — Local author Michael G. Maness and Kevaughn Mattis, from Trinidad, are pleased to present their new book, Can Your Hear My Pain NoNow? —king Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern World, from the scholarly press Wipf & Stock.
The 24 articles address the hurting person. Pathfinders give new light from their specialties, uniquely, and artfully from decades of experience, including how the secular disciplines merge with biblical pastoral care. Conflict and violence, issues of overbearing judgmental attitudes, Roman Catholic compassion complement articles on addiction, healthy relationships, sexual abuse, and repression in Africa and beyond. Ethics and the problem of suffering work side by side with a profound theology of disability. Pastoral care and its theology get a gentle boost from some of the best in the business of caring for the soul.
Baylor Professor Gerald R. McDermott noted, “In this dark world where many are alienated and without God and hope, pastoral theology offers both God and hope…. This book will help provide the healing which this world and Church so desperately need. May the Triune God use this volume to help pastors ministering to God’s sheep.”
Dr. Amos Yong’s article on disability forwards the amazingly helpful term, “temporarily able-bodied.” Greek Orthodox Dr. Vasileios Thermos and Roman Catholic Dr. Robert Fastiggi enlighten next to the powerful testaments of Professor Godfrey Harold on South Africa and Dr. Samuel Yonas Deressa on Ethiopia. Each weathered author contributes universal insights into the grace of our great God and challenges pastors throughout the Christian world to kindly consider the heart of the afflicted. These finely hewn stones can be used by anyone in the ministry to sharpen their serve.
In many ways, all the authors have given their lives to pastoral care theology. From Greece to Detroit; Canada; Limuru, Kenya; Riverdale, Georgia; South Africa; Marburg, Germany; Pasadena, California; Gboko, Nigeria—and more—herein experts from all over the world represent hundreds of years of pastoral care for the soul.
Mattis and Maness offer this third collection, following their previous book, Practicality of Grace in Protestant Theology (2021), from the hundreds of articles they have had the honor to publish in their online journal Testamentum Imperium. They pray these articles will open new avenues of sensitivity to the hearts and souls of those in travail and aid those who are called by God to serve those in pain. See more at PreciousHeart.net/ti.
AUSTIN – Citizens State Bank has been selected as a recipient of the LIFE (Leaders in Financial Education) Award by the Texas Bankers Foundation. The honor was announced at the Texas Bankers Association’s 137th Annual Convention during a special awards luncheon.
“It is our great pleasure to recognize Citizens State Bank. These awards celebrate the banks and bankers who have made a commitment to positively impact their communities,” said Chris Furlow, president & CEO of the Texas Bankers Association. “We are honored to congratulate them on their efforts.”
For further information about the Texas Bankers Foundation, visit www.texasbankers.com/Foundation and check out Texas Banking Magazine, the official publication of the Texas Bankers Association, that includes a special feature on the 2022 winners.
Founded in 1885, the Texas Bankers Association (TBA) is the oldest and largest state banking association in the United States. TBA advocates for its members in Austin and Washington; trains more than 10,000 community bankers annually; provides nationally recognized banking products and services; and proudly invests in Texas communities through financial literacy, scholarship and charitable activities.
By Michael G. Maness
CHESTER – In a brisk meeting, the Chester City Council approved an online payment contract that will allow customers that convenience.
They discussed several options, and the city secretary explained how such a system may save everyone time in all processes. A letter to Chester residents is forthcoming in the months ahead on how citizens may access it when it becomes active.
Mayor Robert Poynter heard from two customers on two separate issues involving utilities, Willie Thompson and Cody Slaten, and the council worked out an amicable solution for both.
Poynter made the comment that they were refining their processes, and Councilman Bryan Davis was clear on the city’s desire work with residents. The city is working steadily on meter replacement and other updates.
The council approved the minutes from the previous three meetings, including the last special meeting in which they approved GrantWorks to administrate their grants and the previous financials.