On Eagles' Wings: An Exploration of Strength in the Midst of Weakness
This is a volume of practical, scriptural, and contemporary essays exploring the idea of strength in weakness in the context of Christian life and ministry. Biblical scholars, theologians, and Christian ministry practitioners have thought about the biblical paradigm of strength...
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This is a volume of practical, scriptural, and contemporary essays exploring the idea of strength in weakness in the context of Christian life and ministry. Biblical scholars, theologians, and Christian ministry practitioners have thought about the biblical paradigm of strength in weakness within their own areas of expertise and interest. Biblical scholars encounter the idea of strength in weakness in both Old and New Testament passages that suggest human weakness and divine strength. The people of Israel, a community reliant on grace, exemplify this theme. Marks portrayal of Jesus Christ indicates that it is in weakness that Christ saves. Pauls paradigm for ministry suggests the same. Theological chapters engage this teaching of strength in weakness as it surfaces in Luthers life, in Calvins view of prayer, in Barths theology, and ultimately in the divine dealing with the world. Pastoral theology demonstrates this themes foundational significance for a suffering church in its mission to the world as well as the themes importance for preaching the leading of Gods people today. Drawing together scholars from fields of biblical studies, systematic theology, and pastoral theology, Strength and Weakness questions an overemphasis on power in todays church. The authors propose various ways that ministry and mission may be best engaged with a biblical humility and with reliance on Gods grace.
A volume of practical and scriptural essays, written by Biblical scholars, theologians, and Christian ministry practitioners exploring the idea of strength in weakness in Christian life. The book covers the idea in both Old and New Testament passages that suggest human weakness and divine strength, exemplified by the people of Israel, a community reliant on grace. Mark's portrayal of Jesus Christ indicates that it is in weakness that Christ saves. Paul's paradigm for ministry suggests the same. The teaching of strength in weakness is examined in Luther's life, Calvin's view of prayer, Barth's theology, and the divine dealing with the world. Pastoral theology demonstrates the signii-- cance of this theme for a suffering church in its mission to the world as well as its importance for preaching the leading of God's people today. The book faces the overemphasis on power in today's church, and proposes ways to engage in ministry and mission with biblical humility and reliance on God's grace. " 'On Eagles' Wings' is a heart-warming, insightful, and deeply human collection of essays.Its contributors are international in i-- avour and context and they bring to the important theme of 'strength in weakness' both a classical engagement with the text of Scripture and theology and a contemporary awareness of what living responses to that Scripture might look like today. Based on sound scholarly work and exegesis, this volume is winsomely and sometimes amusingly written. It is a book to be read in the high and the low times of the Christian life, especially by Christian leaders and workers who are expected in greater measure than others to be incarnations of the faith of cross and resurrection. It exudes practical wisdom, realism, and devotion. It will not disappoint." -- Nigel G. Wright, Principal, Spurgeon's College, London Michael Parsons is Director of Postgraduate Study and Research at Vose Seminary of Western Australia. He has written 'Luther and Calvin on Old Testament Narratives' (2004), 'Reformation Marriage' (2005), and 'Calvin's Preaching on the Prophet Micah' (2006), and edited 'Text and Task: Scripture and Mission' (2005). David J. Cohen is Head of Biblical Studies and a lecturer in Hebrew Bible at Vose Seminary of Western Australia.He has written about the relevance of lament psalms for worship and pastoral care in 'Text and Task: Scripture and Mission' (2005) and is currently examining the relationship between praying lament psalms and coping with stress.
Michael Parsons is Head of the Department of Christian Thought at the Baptist Theological College, Perth.
- Foreword By Derek Tidball (london School Of Theology); Preface; List Of Contributors; Abbreviations; New Wings For A Molting Eagle: Isaiahis Bold Message To Exiled Israel By David Wyn Williams; A Prophet In Motion: The Counterpoint Of Speaking, Acting And Reflecting By David J. Cohen; The Idestabilizedi God: Community Without Walls By Merryl Blair; Obi-wan Kenobi, Neo, And Markis Narrative Christology By Michael F. Bird; The Scandal Of Weak Leadership: Paulis Defense Of Ministry By Evelyn Ashley; The Powerless Leader: A Biblical Ideal Or A Contradiction In Terms By Mary Evans; Martin Luther: A Theologian Forged By Trial By Mark D. Thompson; John Calvin On The Strength Of Our Weak Praying By Michael Parsons; In The Power Of The Lamboand Of The Lion Power And Weakness In The Early Theology Of Karl Barth By Michael Oineil; Godis Vulnerable Strength: Omnipotence As Love By Clark Pinnock; David And Foucault: Extreme Violence And Innocent Sufferingin A Post-september 11 World By Brian Holliday; Turning Teflono Into Velcroo: Making Words Stick In Animage-based Culture By Stephen Mcalpine; Preaching In Weakness: Reflections On The Self In Preaching By Brian S. Harris; Strength In Weakness: Developing This Paradox Through Preaching And Leading By Michael J. Quicke; Bibliography.