IntroductionThis issue of Discernment brings a variety of offerings. Zachary Luben begins with his essay, "Pastor as Poet of the Soul." He makes the convincing case that the pastor should proactively respond to the secular forces in this world with an ongoing invitation for the church to see the supernatural all about us. Dabbs, Rains, and Ihfe continue their conversation about the inclusion of women in worship with a report of a panel discussion among leaders from several churches who have moved toward the fuller participation of women. Their article is "Panel Discussion: Three Approaches to the Greater Inclusion of Women in Public Worship." Two book reviews follow: Jeanene Reese offers her insights into Mallory Wyckoff's new book, God Is. Chelsea Flow Stirman follows with her analysis of Worship with Teenagers: Adolescent Spirituality and Congregational Practice. To help our readers locate articles by subject or author, the editorial board has prepared an Index, included in this issue.
Three Approaches to the Greater Inclusion of Women in Public Worship
Jennifer M. Dabbs, Shannon Clarkson Rains, and Kaley D. Ihfe