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The Pastor as Public Theologian

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The Pastor as Public Theologian
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Many pastors today see themselves primarily as counselors, leaders, and motivators. Yet this often comes at the expense of the fundamental reality of the pastorate as a theological office. The most important role is to be a theologian mediating God to the people. The church needs pastors who can contextualize the Word of God to help their congregations think theologically about all aspects of their lives, such as work, end-of-life decisions, political involvement, and entertainment choices.

Drawing on the Bible, key figures from church history, and Christian theology, this book offers a clarion call for pastors to serve as public theologians in their congregations and communities. It is designed to be engaging reading for busy pastors and includes pastoral reflections on the theological task from twelve working pastors, including Kevin DeYoung and Cornelius Plantinga.

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Many pastors today see themselves primarily as counselors, leaders, and motivators. Yet this often comes at the expense of the fundamental reality of the pastorate as a theological office. The most important role is to be a theologian mediating God to the people. The church needs pastors who can contextualize the Word of God to help their congregations think theologically about all aspects of their lives, such as work, end-of-life decisions, political involvement, and entertainment choices.

Drawing on the Bible, key figures from church history, and Christian theology, this book offers a clarion call for pastors to serve as public theologians in their congregations and communities. It is designed to be engaging reading for busy pastors and includes pastoral reflections on the theological task from twelve working pastors, including Kevin DeYoung and Cornelius Plantinga.

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Meet the Authors

Kevin J Vanhoozer

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1990-1998 was senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

He has written Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (Cambridge University Press), Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Zondervan), The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press), The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker).

His most recent publications are First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics (Intervarsity Press), Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. (Cambridge University Press) and Jeremiah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).

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Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is the Managing Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Strachan is a PhD student in Historical Theology at TEDS. He has worked for the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor, 9Marks Ministries, the White House, the US Department of State and the presidents of Bowdoin College and Southern Seminary. Strachan was a history major at Bowdoin College and completed an MDiv in biblical and theological studies at Southern Seminary. He was a teaching assistant for the SBTS president and a research assistant for professors of history, literature, and theology. With Doulas Sweeney, Strachan is writing five books for Moody Press on the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards (The Essential Edwards Collection, out in early winter 2010).

A member of Crossway Community Church, Strachan lives in Highland Park, IL with his wife, Bethany and his daughter, Ella Rose. He hopes to serve as a pastor-theologian

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  • Many Pastors Today See Themselves Primarily As Counselors, Leaders, And Motivators. Yet This Often Comes At The Expense Of The Fundamental Reality Of The Pastorate As A Theological Office. The Most Important Role Is To Be A Theologian Mediating God To The People. The Church Needs Pastors Who Can Contextualize The Word Of God To Help Their Congregations Think Theologically About All Aspects Of Their Lives, Such As Work, End-of-life Decisions, Political Involvement, And Entertainment Choices.

    Drawing On The Bible, Key Figures From Church History, And Christian Theology, This Book Offers A Clarion Call For Pastors To Serve As Public Theologians In Their Congregations And Communities. It Is Designed To Be Engaging Reading For Busy Pastors And Includes Pastoral Reflections On The Theological Task From Twelve Working Pastors, Including Kevin Deyoung And Cornelius Plantinga.

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  • Catalogue Code 435670
  • Product Code 9781441245724
  • ISBN 1441245723
  • EAN 9781441245724
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Academic
  • Publication Date Aug 2015
  • Sales Rank #71458
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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