Thomas M Johnson
29 January 2009
Thompson, Jr, W. Oscar . Concentric Circles of Concern.
Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999.
Dr. W. Oscar Thompson Jr. served in the pastorate for twenty years before becoming a faculty member in the area of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary serving in the area of evangelism.. He also served as the president of the Oscar Thompson Evangelistic Association. In the later portion of his life Thompson was himself diagnosed with terminal cancer. What may have been a death sentence to some, was seen as a new ministry door to him. Dr. Thompson enjoyed a fruitful minister as a pastoral consultant to the Cancer Counseling and Research Foundation; and pastoral consultant and board member of the Trinity Valley Hospice Association, Inc. Thompson died of cancer in 1980, leaving behind his wife Carolyn and daughter Damaris. In his final years were primarily spent ministering to those who were terminally ill.
Dr. Claude V. King, editor for “Concentric Circles of Concern”. Though no biographical information was found readily available, Kind deserves at least this minimal bi line. His editorial works include numerous popular authors, books and studies including, Henry T Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” series, T.W. Hunt’s “Mind of Christ” and “In God’s Presence” and “Break Down the Walls” by Raleigh Washington and Glen Kehrin. It should be noted that King has contributed to numerous projects that have greatly impacted the Christian World.
In Concentric Circles of Concern, Dr Thompson maintains; “The most important word in the human language, apart from proper nouns, is relationship” (p.8). He contends that relationships are the most important aspect of the human life, tracing the root cause of all problems facing humankind to “ruptured relationships” (p.10). The premise of this book is to understand that...