The Fire Still Burns explores a variety of themes relating to ministry particularly in the United Reformed Church but with broader application across the Reformed tradition.
Rooted in personal experience, it offers seven separate but related personal, historical and theological reflections, with description, analysis and discussion, seeking to offer an honest and realistic appraisal of the current situation but also encouragement and hope on the basis of faith and experience. Each reflection concludes with questions for individual further reflection or discussion in groups and there are occasional interludes of poetry and two brief discussions of pieces of art. There are concluding thoughts before the pandemic and a postscript looking beyond it. There is also an extensive bibliography and list of online resources.
Stuart Scott was ordained as a Minister in the United Reformed Church in 1986 and has served as a Synod training officer since 2001, initially half-time and, since 2016, full-time. These personal, historical and theological reflections, exploring the Church’s response to challenge and change and seeking to offer encouragement and hope, are rooted in this experience. They began on sabbatical leave in 2019, and were extended to include reflections on Ministry through the Covid-19 pandemic and on endings. Each reflection concludes with questions for further individual reflection or group discussion.