Thoughts on Consumerism and Christianity from William Cavanaugh

William Cavanaugh is a Practical Theologian and author of Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire.  He offers some good thoughts to remember during the seasonal shopping craze.

Are Christians for or against the free market? Should we not think of ourselves as consumers? Are we for or against globalization? How to we live in a world of scare resources? William Cavanaugh brings us a theological view and practice of everyday economic life with the use of Christian resources. He argues that we should not take the free market, consumer culture, globalization, and scarcity as givens, but change the terms of debate in each case. His consideration of the free market is not a question of for or against, but when exactly a market is truly free. He discusses consumption in light of the Eucharist (a favorite topic--see his book, Torture and Eucharist) through which God forms us to consume and be consumed rightly. He charges the church to know how to be both global and local, rather than one or the other. He reminds us that life in Christ is life abundant, not an existence of scarcity. Being Consumed examines pathologies of desire in contemporary free market economies, and displays a positive vision of how the dynamics of desire in Christ can both form and be formed by alternative economic practices.

Charles Finney's on Revivals of Religion: Summary

This post offers a biographical sketch of Second Great Awakening revivalist Charles Finney and summary of his most important book.

Charles Grandison Finney was born in Connecticut on Aug. 29, 1792 and died Aug. 16, 1875 in Ohio.  After a brief stint teaching, Finney studied and practiced law.  In 1821 he underwent a religious conversion and dropped his law practice to become an evangelist and was licensed by the Presbyterians. Finney was most active as a revivalist between 1825-35 and was known for his innovations including having women pray in public meetings of mixed gender, development of the "anxious seat" (a place where those considering becoming Christians could come to receive prayer), extemporaneous preaching and public censure of individuals by name in sermons and prayers. His revivals achieved spectacular success in large cities, and in 1832 he began an almost continuous revival in New York City as minister of the Second Free Presbyterian Church. His disaffection with Presbyterian theology and discipline, however,

PhD Programs in Practical Theology: A List

Since I couldn't find a good list of schools with PhD programs in Practical Theology (US) anywhere on the web, I made my own:

Boston University School of Theology
A PhD in Practical Theology with concentrations in homiletics, liturgical studies, mission, evangelism, mission and evangelism, pastoral theology, spirituality, church and society, congregational studies and religious education.

Emory University
A PhD concentration in Religious Practices and Practical Theology with opportunities to specialize in religious education, pastoral care, homiletics, liturgics, and congregational leadership.  

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
PhD's in Pastoral Theology and Personality and Culture, Christian Education and Congregational Studies and Liturguical Studies, among others.

Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD in Practical Theology with concentrations in Christian Education, Pastoral Theology, or Homiletics.

Vanderbilt University
Program in Theology and Practice with Fellowships for any area of study: Ethics and Society, Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, Historical Studies, History and Critical Theories of Religion, Homiletics and Liturgics, New Testament and Early Christianity, Religion, Psychology, and Culture, and Theological Studies

Luther Seminary
A PhD in Theology with Concentrations in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Congregational Mission and Leadership.

Fuller Theological Seminary
A PhD in Theology with a Concentration in Practical Theology with 4 tracks: (1) The Personality, Theology, and Culture, (2) Evangelism, Discipleship, and Spirituality, (3) The Community, Vocation, and Leadership, and (4) Marriage and Family, Theology, and Practice.

Claremont Lincoln University
A PhD in Practical Theology with two areas of concentration: Education and Formation and  Spiritual Care and Counseling.

St. Thomas University
A PhD in Practical Theology.

Comment to let me know:
Which ones am I missing?
How would you rank these programs?