Joseph M. Stowell was president of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago from 1987 to 2005, before returning to the pastorate. His life's message is to preach the centrality of Christ in the Church. Proclaiming Jesus essays, written by faculty...
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Joseph M. Stowell was president of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago from 1987 to 2005, before returning to the pastorate. His life's message is to preach the centrality of Christ in the Church. Proclaiming Jesus essays, written by faculty of the Moody Bible Institute in honor of Dr. Stowell, that take up the message he proclaimed, making it clear that every area of church life and ministry is about Jesus. is a collection of
There' s a problem with Jesus. In the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Joseph Stowell attended a large prayer breakfast for the religious and political leaders of Chicago. At that event, the clear message was that a belief in Jesus as the only way to the Father-- as Christ Himself stated-- is divisive, and needs to be replaced by a new tradition in which all religious beliefs are equal. Belief in Jesus was simply too divisive, exclusive, and arrogant. Clearly, the belief in Jesus as the only way had to go. While the crowd rose to its feet in a thunderous standing ovation, Dr. Stowell took his stand for Jesus Christ by remaining seated. Accepting the public disdain of " being part of the problem" was a small price to pay for the privilege of proclaiming Jesus to the leading citizens of Chicago. Such an experience is only fitting for the man who, during his eighteen years of service as president of Moody Bible Institute, fell more deeply in love with Jesus each passing year. It is this passion for Jesus Christ that serves as the theme for this collection of essays authored by the undergraduate faculty of Moody Bible Institute in honor of Dr. Stowell. Touching on the many ways Jesus is proclaimed through the life of the local church-- in discipleship, missions, worship, pastoral integrity, evangelism, and more-- these essays reflect theological substance, cultural awareness, and practical applicability. A stirring reminder of Dr. Stowell' s contagious love for his Lord, "Proclaiming Jesus" also serves as an invaluable handbook for pastors and leaders on the meaning of bearing testimony to Jesus Christ in anever-changing world. With chapters from: Trevor Burke Bryan Litfin Mike McDuffee Bryan O' Neal Gerald Peterman Gregg Quiggle David Rim Michael Rydelnik Ron Sauer Andrew Schmutzer Michael Vanlaningham Richard Weber Kevin Zuber
In the days immediately following 9/11, Joseph Stowell attended a special Chicago Prayer Breakfast. He was encouraged to learn there was much interest in God and spirituality among the attendees. He was troubled, however, by the subtle implication common among the speakers that day that Jesus, with His exclusive claims, was unwelcome. That, "given the broad diversity of religions in America, we now need to give up the 'traditions' that divide those of us who believe in God." Stowell left the breakfast even more determined to preach the centrality of Christ in the church. Proclaiming Jesus is a collection of essays, written by faculty of the Moody Bible Institute in honor of Dr. Stowell, that take up the message he proclaimed, making it clear that every area of church life and ministry is about Jesus.
THOMAS H. L. CORNMAN is Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate School at The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. Completing 24 years on the faculty in July of 2006, Tom began his career at Moody as an instructor of Church History in 1982. In 1992 he became the coordinator of the newly created General Education department and was appointed dean in 2001. A member of The Evangelical Theological Society, Tom has authored “ Laying the Foundation” in Foundational Faith with Moody Publishers. Tom and his wife, Sue, have two children. A
- <div><p>introduction, <i>thomas H. L. Cornman</i></p><p>1. Proclaiming Jesus From The Hebrew Bible - The Virgin Birth As Predicted In The Hebrew Scriptures - <i>michael Rydelnik</i></p><p>2. Proclaiming Jesus In The Gospels - Entering The Kingdom Of Heaven In Matthew - <i>michael Vanlaningham</i></p><p>3. Proclaiming Jesus To Nonbelievers - The Gospel According To The Preaching In Acts - <i>gerald W. Peterman</i></p><p>4. Proclaiming Jesus In A Hostile World - The Lordship Of Christ As Bold Confession - <i>bryan Litfin</i></p><p>5. Proclaiming Jesus In Water, Bread, And Wine - The Place Of Baptism And Communion In The Gospel - <i>gregg Quiggle</i></p><p>6. Proclaiming Jesus Through The Life Of The Mind - Thinking As An Act Of Worship - <i>bryan O'neal</i></p><p>7. Proclaiming Jesus Through Intellectual Defense - A Response To Both Modernism And Postmodernism - <i>kevin D. Zuber</i></p><p>8. Proclaiming Jesus Through Pastoral Integrity - The Role Of Old Testament Imagery In Jesus' Temptation - <i>andrew J. Schmutzer</i></p><p>9. Proclaiming Jesus In A Cross-cultural Context - Understanding The Trinity As A Model For Declaring The Gospel - <i>david Rim</i></p><p>10. Proclaiming Jesus In Global Mission - A Pauline Perspective - <i>trevor J. Burke</i></p><p>11. Proclaiming Jesus Through Discipleship - A Look At The Discipling Of Thessalonian Believers - <i>ron Sauer</i></p><p>12. Proclaiming Jesus Through Worship - A Theology Of Genuine Worship - <i>richard M. Weber</i></p><p>13. Proclaiming Jesus In An Ecumenical Culture - Unease Over "an Evangelical Celebration" - <i>mike Mcduffee</i></p><p>in Tribute, <i>duane Litfin</i></p></div>