Explore a variety of ways people are thinking about theology today with the Eerdmans Contemporary Theology Collection. Grace in Practice and Practical Theology provide systematic theologies for real life situations, offering material for pastors, counselors, parents, and anyone seeking to put biblical truth to action. David VanDrunen’s Divine Covenants and Moral Order addresses the resurgence of interest in Natural Law, studying the Bible from a Reformed perspective. And finally, Finnish theologian Veli-Matti Käkkäinen develops a constructive theology of the Trinity for a pluralistic world.
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Long captivated by the idea of one-way love or “God’s grace,” Paul Zahl has often contended with accusations of being “long on grace but short on law.” Grace in Practice begins with Zahl’s response to the classic tension between law and grace. He then sets up the four pillars of his own theology of grace: humanity, salvation, Christ, and the Holy Spirit in the Trinity. Having discussed grace in theological terms, Zahl goes on to address the practicality of grace, developing a systematic theology of grace that is radically understood from the Bible and consistently applied to everyday life. After helpfully narrowing down specific fields of grace, asserting throughout that grace always trumps both law and church, Zahl concludes with an expanded view of grace in everything, extending this good news to all creation.
Paul F.M. Zahl is a retired Episcopal priest and the former rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He was also dean and president of Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry.
Every church congregation encounters challenging situations, some the same the world over, and others specific to each church. Richard Osmer here seeks to teach congregational leaders—including, but not limited to, clergy—the requisite knowledge and skills to meet such situations with sensitivity and creativity. Osmer develops a framework for practical theological interpretation in congregations by focusing on four key questions: What is going on in a given context? Why is this going on? What ought to be going on? And how might the leader shape the context to better embody Christian witness and mission? The book is unique in its attention to interdisciplinary issues and the ways that theological reflection is grounded in the spirituality of leaders. Useful, accessible, and lively—with specific examples and case studies—Osmer’s Practical Theology effectively equips congregational leaders to guide their communities with theological integrity.
Richard R. Osmer is Ralph B. and Helen S. Ashebfelter Professor of Mission and Evangelism at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law
This book addresses the old question of natural law in its contemporary context. David VanDrunen draws on both his Reformed theological heritage and the broader Christian natural law tradition to develop a constructive theology of natural law through a thorough study of Scripture.
The biblical covenants organize VanDrunen’s study. Part 1 addresses the covenant of creation and the covenant with Noah, exploring how these covenants provide a foundation for understanding God’s governance of the whole world under the natural law. Part 2 treats the redemptive covenants that God established with Abraham, Israel, and the New Testament church and explores the obligations of God’s people to natural law within these covenant relationships.
David VanDrunen has successfully carved out a central place within the Reformed tradition for natural law and revelation. What makes his study so important is his facility in marshaling the rich variety of Scripture—from Genesis to Romans—to prove his case. Theologically profound and exegetically nuanced, VanDrunen’s study is essentially a biblical theology of covenant, and any subsequent study will have to reckon with this major work.
VanDrunen’s scriptural and exegetical survey of natural law is especially intriguing because of his attention to the Noahide laws as well as their echo in the New Testament. His exposition gives us a more ample theological narrative of the ‘states’ or ‘conditions’ of the human reception of natural law.
—Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa
By grounding the mystery of human obligation in the grand narrative of biblical covenants, VanDrunen’s keenly ambitious and mind-expanding account provides a provocative challenge not only to the church and the public square but also to the complex tradition of natural law itself.
In this book, Pentecostal theologian Veli-Matti Käkkäinen develops a constructive theology of triune revelation and the triune God in dialogue with Christian tradition, with contemporary theology in its global and contextual diversity, and with other major living faiths.
Truly an amazing work. One cannot help but be amazed at Veli-Matti Käkkäinen’s breadth and depth of knowledge of the Christian and other faith traditions as well as his ability to weave the various voices into a coherent, hospitable, and inclusive Christian constructive theology. . . . Trinity and Revelation is a major breakthrough in the field!
—Eleazar S. Fernandez, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Käkkäinen’s systematic theology, while firmly rooted in the evangelical theological tradition, is wonderfully and warmly ecumenical, frankly Christian but still open to the insights and practices of other religious ways, and widely inclusive of Christian thinkers from all contexts and cultures. This is a new kind of theologizing, one done in a postmodern key yet remaining faithful to the treasures of our premodern and modern past. Käkkäinen’s breadth of scholarship is amazing. I will await the next three volumes in this groundbreaking project with considerable impatience.
—Stephen Bevans, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
While not neglecting his rootedness in the Christian faith, Käkkäinen casts a fresh light on the topics of revelation and Trinity by opening up the conversation to the challenges of religious pluralism. The global reach of this theology is implicitly ‘Pentecostal’ in the broadest and richest sense of the term.
—Frank D. Macchia, Vanguard University
Veli-Matti Käkkäinen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.