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The Pastor as Public Theologian

Reclaiming a Lost Vision

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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 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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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.


Contents Preface Owen Strachan and Kevin J. Vanhoozer Introduction: Pastors, Theologians, and Other Public Figures Kevin 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 Hiestand--Six Practical Steps toward Being a Pastor-Theologian Josh Moody--Seven Ways to Theologize as a Pastor Part 1: Biblical Theology and Historical Theology 1. Of Prophets, Priests, and Kings: A Brief Biblical Theology of the Pastorate Owen 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 Tinker--The Pastor as Public Theologian Todd Wilson--Human Origins: A Test Case for Pastor-Theologians Jim Samra--A Practical Theology of Technology 2. Of Scholars and Saints: A Brief History of the Pastorate Owen 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 Taming of the Pastorate * Glimmers of Hope: Harold Ockenga and Neoevangelical Boldness * Conclusion: Toward What Pastorate? Pastoral Perspectives Wesley G. Pastor--How the Theology of Saving Faith Has Affected My Congregation Kevin DeYoung--A Place for Truth Part 2: Systematic Theology and Practical Theology 3. In the Evangelical Mood: The Purpose of the Pastor-Theologian Kevin 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 Gibson--On Death Bill Kynes--Preaching the Doctrine of the Gospel as Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Cornelius Plantinga Jr.--Reading for Preaching 4. Artisans in the House of God: The Practices of the Pastor-Theologian Kevin 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. Davies--The Drama of Preaching Jason B. Hood--The Pastor-Theologian as Pulpit Apologist Conclusion: Fifty-Five Summary Theses on the Pastor as Public Theologian Kevin J. Vanhoozer Indexes