Tuesday, May 23, 2006

On Being Presbyterian is out!

For those who might be interested, my copies of On Being Presbyterian arrived today from P&R.

I meant this book to be a lay-oriented introduction to Presbyterianism. As I wrote, I imagined that I was sitting across the table from someone at a Starbucks, trying to explain Presbyterian beliefs, practices, and stories to them. My hope was that the book would represent "vanilla Presbyterianism" in a winsome and warm way.

I am very thankful to my friends and colleauges who wrote gracious endorsements of the book. My real hope is that this book will be useful to churches in their new members and officers training classes and to prospective Presbyterians, who simply wish that someone would sit down with them and explain all this to them.


Richard A. Bailey said...

Congrats, Sean. You are setting quite an example for your colleagues. I for one am glad.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad it's finally out!

We've been having new members join at a rate we can barely keep up with (Session meetings nearly every week for months now!), and every new member--whether they've been lifelong Presbyterians or are brand new converts--is genuinely HUNGRY to "become more Presbyterian." I don't think we'll be able to afford to buy a copy for every new member (that would break our adult ed budget for the year), but we'll definitely be ordering as many as we can afford. Thanks, brother!

I'm glad you'll be coming to town this summer. Maybe you can guest teach our new members SS class that week!

Jeff H.

Nathan said...


Congratulations on your new book. I know it must be exciting every time a new work is published.

R. Scott Clark said...


This looks like a terrific and much needed book.

I enjoy your blog.

Keep up the good work.


R. Scott Clark, D.Phil
Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology
Westminster Seminary California
"For Christ, His Gospel, and His Church."
Associate Pastor
Oceanside URC

Sean Lucas said...

Thanks for all the kind words. I do hope that the book will prove useful for the church. It was very exciting finally to see the book in print--I had turned it in 15 months ago and was beginning to wonder if it would ever be birthed! sml