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 biblical wisdom in Christian living 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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About the Author
Kevin J. Vanhoozer (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of numerous books, including Is There a Meaning in This Text? and The Drama of Doctrine. Owen Strachan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of Christian theology and director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.
Table of Contents
ContentsPrefaceOwen Strachan and Kevin J. VanhoozerIntroduction: Pastors, Theologians, and Other Public FiguresKevin J. Vanhoozer • Problem: A Lost Vision • Proposal: The Pastor-Theologian as Peculiar Public Figure • Prospect: The Ministry of What Is "in Christ" Pastoral Perspectives Gerald HiestandSix Practical Steps toward Being aPastor-Theologian Josh MoodySeven Ways to Theologize as a PastorPart 1: Biblical Theology and Historical Theology1. Of Prophets, Priests, and Kings: A Brief Biblical Theology of the PastorateOwen Strachan • The Ministry of the Old Covenant in the Old Testament • Participating in Jesus's Ministry of the New Covenant: The New Testament • Conclusion: The Pastorate as Theological Office Pastoral Perspectives Melvin TinkerThe Pastor as Public Theologian Todd WilsonHuman Origins: A Test Case forPastor-Theologians Jim SamraA Practical Theology of Technology2. Of Scholars and Saints: A Brief History of the PastorateOwen Strachan • The Early Church • The Medieval Period: Scholasticism and Monasticism • The Reformational Awakening: Protestant Pastors • Theological Shepherds: The Puritans and the Practicality of Truth • Agents of "Divine Business": The Edwardseans and Pastoral Dominion • The Modern Turn: Populism, Professionalism, and the Tamingof the Pastorate • Glimmers of Hope: Harold Ockenga and Neoevangelical Boldness • Conclusion: Toward What Pastorate? Pastoral Perspectives Wesley G. PastorHow the Theology of Saving Faith Has Affected My Congregation Kevin DeYoungA Place for TruthPart 2: Systematic Theology and Practical Theology3. In the Evangelical Mood: The Purpose of the Pastor-TheologianKevin J. Vanhoozer • The Many Moods of Theology: Between Death and Resurrection • A Ministry of Reality: Theology in the Indicative Mood • A Ministry of Understanding: The Diakonia of God's Word • A Ministry of (New) Life: Theology in the Imperative Mood • The Goods of Theology: What Are Seminaries For? Pastoral Perspectives David GibsonOn Death Bill KynesPreaching the Doctrine of the Gospel as Truth,Goodness, and Beauty Cornelius Plantinga Jr.Reading for Preaching4. Artisans in the House of God: The Practices of the Pastor-TheologianKevin J. Vanhoozer • The Great Pastoral Commission: "Make Disciples"; "Build God's House" • Evangelist: Presenting What Is in Christ • Catechist: Teaching What Is in Christ • Liturgist: Celebrating What Is in Christ • Apologist: Demonstrating What Is in Christ Pastoral Perspectives Guy A. DaviesThe Drama of Preaching Jason B. HoodThe Pastor-Theologian as Pulpit ApologistConclusion: Fifty-Five Summary Theses on the Pastor as Public TheologianKevin J. VanhoozerIndexes