Writings

Books and Chapters in Books

Co-editor with Dr. Curtis Freeman, Ties That Bind: Life Together In the Baptist Vision, Smyth and Helwys Press, May, 1994.  Author, chapter Nine, “The Road of Ashes: Prospects for Disillusioned Baptists,”  127-149.

                         Joel Snyder, Dan Yeary, Gary Furr and Paul Basden, Honest Numbers: Growing Churches with Integrity.  Nashville: Baptist Center for Ethics, 1995.

Contributing Editor, The Library of Distinctive Sermons, Gary Klingsporn, General Editor.  Sisters, Oregon: Questar Publishers, 1996.  10 Volumes.

Sermon Comments:

Volume 1, 1996

“I Was in the Crowd,” by Gary Whitbeck.  279-294.

“What Creates Happiness?” by Scott Walker.  75-88.

“Hide and Seek: The Celestial Game of Spiritual Quest,” by Stephen Brachlow.  119-130.

Volume 2, 1996

“A Greater Gift,” by Russell Friend-Jones.  55-68.

“God Goes Before You,” by Gary Klingsporn.  69-82.

Volume 3, 1996.

“Unnatural Compassion,” by Martin Copenhaver.  35-48.

“In a New Light,” by J. Barry Vaughn.  49-58.

Volume 4, 1997

“The Tohu Wabohu!” by Garth R. Thompson.  75-86.

Volume 5, 1997

“The Man Jesus,” by Buckner Fanning.  63-82.

“Practicing Forgiveness,” by Curtis Freeman.  183-196.

Volume 6, 1997

“How Much More?” by Richard L. Eslinger.  27-38.

“Easter Fear,” by David C. Fisher.  209-224.

Volume 7, 1997

“By Grace Alone Through Faith Alone,” by Ralph C. Wood.  165-182.

“If It Makes You Happy,” by Karen Fisher Younger.  195-208.

Volume 8, 1998

“Until We Find Our Place,” by George A. Mason.  73-86.

Published Sermons:

Volume 2, 1996

“The Lord of the Dance,” 223-236.

Volume 3, 1996

“Finding Peace,” 183-196.

Volume 4, 1997

“The Long Way Home,” 147-160.

Volume 5, 1997

“The Visit of the Magi,” 151-166.

Volume 6, 1997

“Dealing With Negative Attidues.” 225-238.

Volume 8, 1998

“Leftovers,” 99-114.

“Time-Starved Lives,” Families in 3D: 19 Bible Study Lessons for Adults.  Nashville: Acacia Resources, 1997, pp. 8-12.

“Riches Beyond the Barrier: Biblical Models for Cross-cultural Relationships,” in Many Nations Under God: Ministering to Culture Groups in America, Ele Clay, editor.  Birmingham, Alabama: New Hope, 1997, 10-18.

“Why I Am Still a Baptist: Walter Rauschenbusch Revisited,” in Festschrift in Honor of the Retirement of Dr. W. T. Edwards.  Birmingham, Alabama: Samford University, 1998.

Price, Milburn and Gary Furr.  The Dialogue of Worship.  Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys Press, 1998.

Contributor, The Book of Daily Prayer: Morning and Evening, 2000.  Kim Martin Sadler, Editor.  Cleveland, Ohio: United Church Press, 1999.

“Theology, Worship and the Arts:  Dorothy Sayers and the Trinity”  Theology in the Service of the Church:  Essays in Honor of Dr. Fisher H. Humphreys.  Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2008.

“Glaring Omissions:  The Pilgrim’s Redress” in For Faith and Friendship.  Fisher Humphreys, T. J. Mashburn, Richard F. Wilson, Editors.  Covington, Louisiana:  Insight Press, 2010.

 

Articles

“John’s Gospel: Salvation Through God’s Son,” The Christian Index, January-March 1991.  Life and Work Sunday School Lesson Commentary.

“New Wineskins: Small-Town Ministry in the 1990’s,” Baptists Today, September 6, 1991, 4.

“Reality Test Can Help Rural and Small-town Ministers,” Baptists Today, September 20, 1991, 4.

“Discovering the World of Rural Ministry,” The Christian Ministry, 23 No. 6, November-December 1992, 10-12.

“The Academy for Spiritual Formation,” Skylight: A Journal of Spirituality in the Christian Tradition, Fall, 1992,  58-60.

“Silent Crises: Helping Those Who Don’t Ask for Help,” Caregiving, July-September 1994, 4-5.

“Maybe You’re Not the Problem!” Discover, 26, Oct-Dec 1995, 10-13

“Rooted and Grounded in Love: Prayer and the Sensing Temperaments,” Discover,  26, Jan-Mar 1996, 9-11.

“Making Room for Thinkers and Dreamers: Prayer and the Intuitive Temperaments,” Discover,  26,  Apr-June 1996, 6-8.

“Prayer and Temperament: Growing in All Directions,” Discover,  26,  July-Sept 1996, 3-5.

“Intersections of Grace: Theology and Pastoral Care in the Local Parish,” The Theological Educator (Spring 1998 No. 57), 72-81.

“Appealing to the Friendly Pagans: the Perils of the Worship Wars—Part I” Baptists Today, June 25, 1998.

“Appealing to the Friendly Pagans: the Perils of the Worship Wars’—Part II,” Baptists Today, July 23, 1998, 14.

“Exegeting the City”, Dimension, 29, Fall 1998, 26-27.

“Singing a New Song in a Foreign Land”, Dimension, 29, Winter,  1998-1999, 26-28.

“Composing New Songs for a New City”, Dimension, 29, Spring, 1999, 26-28.

“Reconnecting the Cities:  What Churches Can Do”, Dimension, 29, Summer 1999, 22-24.

“Taking Another Look at Our City”, Dimension, 29,  Summer., 1999, 25-37.

“Spiritual Guidance in the Baptist Tradition,” Presence: the Journal of Spiritual Directors International (September 1999).

“Working Together: Avoiding Planning Conflicts”, Dimension, 29, Fall, 1999, 10-11.

“From One Pastor to Another”, Dimension, 29, Fall., 1999, 46.

“From One Pastor to Another”, Dimension, 30, Winter, 1999-2000, 46.

“Working Together: Selecting Leaders”, Dimension, 30, Winter, 1999-2000, 12-13.

“Working Together: Staying Positive in the Face of Adversity”, Dimension,

Spring, 2000, 14-15.

“From One Pastor to Another”, Dimension, Summer, 2000, 24.

“Encouraging Creativity”, Dimension, 30, Summer, 2000,25-27

“From One Pastor to Another”, Dimension, 32,  Spring, 2002, 19.

 

                        “From One Pastor to Another”, Dimension, 32, Summer 2002, 27.

 

“Empowered by the Spirit”,  Dimension, 34, Winter 2003-2004, 4-5.

“Mission in the Power of the Holy Spirit, “ Dimension, Spring 2004, 4-5

“Remember the Sabbatical,” Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence website, 2005 Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama,

“Touring Our Own City,”  Sustaining Pastoral Excellence website, SPE Coordinating Office,  Duke Divinity School, 2005.

http://www.divinity.duke.edu/programs/spe/articles/200511/touring.html

www.samford.edu/rcpe/ Remember_the_Sabbatical_by_Gary_Furr.pdf  Same article appears at the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence website, SPE Coordinating Office,  Duke Divinity School, 2006.              http://www.divinity.duke.edu/programs/spe/articles/200608/remember.html

“Stepping Into the Drama,” Christian Reflection: Catechism.  Waco, Texas: The Center for Christian Ethics, Baylor University, 2007, 11-19.  Also available at http://www.baylor.edu/christianethics/Catechism.pdf

“Rev. Arthur Price and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church: A Case Study Prepared by Gary Furr,”  Through a Glass Darkly: Pastoral Leadership in Black and White.  Pastoral Partners Research, Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence website, 2005 Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 2007.  http://www.samford.edu/rcpe/ppr.html

Book Reviews

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Lament for a Son, in Pulpit Digest, July/August 1989, 78-79.

Don Browning, Religious Thought and the Modern Psychologies, in Christianity Today, 33 No. 12, September 8, 1989, 33-34

Jose Comblin, The Holy Spirit and Liberation, in The Christian Century, 106 No. 31, October 25, 1989, 964-966.

Don Browning, Religious Thought and the Modern Psychologies, in The Christian Scholar’s Review, 20 No. 1, September 1990, 100-103.

Daniel Schipani, Freedom and Discipleship, in The Christian Century, 107 No. 12, April 11, 1990, 377-378.

James B. Nelson, Body Theology, in The Christian Ministry, 24 No. 3,  May-June 1993, 32-34.

Jeffrey H. Boyd, Affirming the Soul: Remarkable Conversations Between Mental Health Professionals and an Ordained Minister and Peter A. Kallelis, Pick Up Your Couch and Walk: How to Take Back Control of Your Life in The Christian Ministry, 26 No. 1,  January-February 1995, 38-39.

Thomas J. Tyrrell, The Adventure of Intimacy: A Journey Through Broken Circles, in The Christian Ministry, 27 No. 1, January-February, 1996, 44-45.

Gregg-Schroeder, Susan.  In the Shadow of God’s Wings: Grace in the Midst of Depression, in The Christian Ministry, 29, July-August 1998, 33-40.

Edward C. Sellner, Mentoring: The Ministry of Spiritual Kinship  in EthicsDaily.com (emagazine), www.ethicsdaily.com, November 13, 2002.

Everette Goodwin, Down by the Riverside: a Brief History of Baptist Faith  reviewed in EthicsDaily.com (emagazine), www.ethicsdaily.com, March 17, 2003.

Cluster review in Perspectives in Religious Studies, 30 No. 2, Summer 2003, 217-220.

                        Prayers for the Lord’s Day: Hope for the ExilesBy James S. Lowry.

                        The Future of Protestant Worship: Beyond the Worship Wars.

                        The Word Before the PowersBy Charles L. Campbell.

                        Worship: Reformed According to ScriptureBy Hughes Oliphant Old.

  1. sue griffith

    Hey Gary. Loved the article on Carson Newman
    I was a member of the cafeteria family and remember when heather was born. I have no idea how I stumbled on your blog but I’m glad I did. Good articles. Sue Norman Griffith

    • How wonderful to “hear” from you again, Sue! What a wonderful place and time. I love CN and have vowed to be a better alumni in the future for her. Hope you’re well and welcome to “The Flatpickin’ Pilgrim.” Come again often!

  2. Hi Gary,

    Your website: http://www.garyfurr.com

    Is set up to redirect to reverb.com instead of reverbnation.com. I assume it’s a mistake but wanted to let you know since we are seeing the requests hit our domain.

    Thanks,

    Dan

  3. akismet-3aeef2d50f1f1698eb41b81318f6624c

    Hi Gary,

    Your website: http://www.garyfurr.com

    Is set up to redirect to reverb.com instead of reverbnation.com. I assume it’s a mistake but wanted to let you know since we are seeing the requests hit our domain.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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