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Baker Academic Theological Studies Update (3 vols.)

by Wilson, Jonathan R., Allen, R. Michael, Billings, J. Todd

Baker Academic 2011–2013

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Baker Academic Theological Studies Update (3 vols.)
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The Baker Academic Theological Studies Collection covers wide-ranging topics such as premillennial eschatology, Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, theological anthropology, modern theology, atonement theology, evangelical theology, and Trinitarianism. This three-volume update adds theological analysis of the doctrines of creation, justification, and union with Christ. Like the rest of the collection, these volumes offer a fresh approach to theological studies, as well as practical applications for ministry and everyday life.

Essential for students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople, this informative collection discusses key theological topics within the wider context of the Gospel. The Logos Bible Software edition will save you time as you strengthen your understanding of these concepts. Search by keyword or Scripture reference to compare, for example, the systematic theologies of various scholars or denominations. These volumes integrate seamlessly into your digital library, and your preferred Bible translation appears on mouseover of any Scripture passage.

Want the rest of the series? Order the Baker Academic Theological Studies Collection (15 vols.) today!

Key Features

  • Encourages application of key theological principles to everyday life
  • Provides contemporary, biblical perspectives from today’s top scholars and theologians
  • Discusses the doctrines of creation, justification, and union with Christ

Individual Titles

God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation

  • Author: Jonathan R. Wilson
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 304

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The doctrine of creation has often been neglected in Christian theology. Distinguished evangelical theologian Jonathan Wilson exposes what has been missing in current theological discourse and offers an original, constructive work on this doctrine. The book unites creation and redemption, showing the significance of God’s work of creation for understanding the good news of redemption in Jesus Christ. Wilson develops a Trinitarian account of the life of the world and sets forth how to live wisely, hopefully, peaceably, joyfully, and generously in that world. He also shows how a mature doctrine of creation can help the church think practically about contemporary issues, including creation care, sexuality, technology, food and water, and more.

God’s Good World is a very important book. By pointing out how a robust doctrine of creation has been missing—from the church, from education, and from society at large—Jonathan Wilson shows why evangelical engagement with our world is so feeble. He then lays the foundation for a much richer life by showing the necessary connections between redemption and creation. Most important, he shows how we can build on that Trinitarian foundation—in our attitudes toward the body, ‘consuming,’ the internet, business, and much more—all in the light of transformed worship. All Christians should read this book.

—Loren Wilkinson, professor, Regent College

Wilson is right; the modern church has been ‘missing basic research on the doctrine of creation.’ As a result, we modern Christians have very often fallen prey to, or even been cheerleaders for, many of the most self-destructive habits of our age. This book should be mandatory reading for pastors, theological students, and believers who care about the burning moral issues of our day and want to rethink them theologically.

—Brian Brock, reader, King’s College, University of Aberdeen

Jonathan R. Wilson earned his PhD from Duke University and is currently the Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He previously taught at Acadia Divinity College and Westmont College, and has served as a pastor. He is the author of numerous books, including Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World, A Primer for Christian Doctrine, and God So Loved the World.

Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies

  • Author: R. Michael Allen
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 208

Seeking to move beyond current heated debates on justification, this accessible introduction offers a fresh, alternative approach to a central theological topic. R. Michael Allen locates justification within the wider context of the Gospel, allowing for more thoughtful engagement with the Bible, historical theology, and the life of the church. Allen considers some of the liveliest recent debates as well as some overlooked connections within the wider orbit of Christian theology. He provides a historically informed, ecumenically minded defense of orthodox theology, analyzing what must be maintained and what should be reconfigured from the vantage point of systematic theology. The book exemplifies the practice of theological interpretation of Scripture and demonstrates justification’s relevance in ongoing issues of faith and practice.

R. Michael Allen earned his PhD from Wheaton College and is currently the Kennedy Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and is the author of several books.

Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church

  • Author: J. Todd Billings
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 192

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Accomplished theologian J. Todd Billings recovers the biblical theme of union with Christ for today’s church, making a fresh contribution to the theological discussion with important applications for theology and ministry. Drawing on Scripture and the writings of figures such as Augustine, Calvin, Bavinck, and Barth, Billings shows how a theology of union with Christ can change the way believers approach worship, justice, mission, and the Christian life. He illuminates how union with Christ can change the theological conversation about thorny topics such as total depravity and the mystery of God. Billings also provides a critique and alternative to the widely accepted paradigm of incarnational ministry and explores a Gospel-centered approach to social justice. Throughout, he offers a unique and lively exploration of what is so amazing about being united to the living Christ.

An important book on an important topic. Billings brings his expertise regarding Calvin to bear not only on misconceptions about the great Reformer, but also on contemporary misconceptions of Christ and Christian ministry. He offers an accessible and rewarding study, demonstrating that the centrality of union with Christ can solve many theological problems in a way that has direct practical significance for today.

—George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

Drawing upon the likes of Augustine, Calvin, Bavinck, and others, Todd Billings ably demonstrates why the biblical truth of union and communion with God has had such historical and theological significance. Thankfully, he doesn’t leave us out of the story. Along the way he highlights why union with Christ continues to matter for our understanding of the Christian life, making insightful connections between adoption and participation, incomprehensibility and accommodation, justice and Eucharist, grace and action. Let Billings take you into a deeper appreciation of what it means to be united to Christ—you won’t regret it.

—Kelly M. Kapic, professor of theological studies, Covenant College

J. Todd Billings is an associate professor of Reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of numerous articles and two award-winning books: Calvin, Participation, and the Gift: The Activity of Believers in Union with Christ and The Word of God for the People of God.

Product Details

  • Title: Baker Academic Theological Studies Update
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Volumes: 3
  • Pages: 704