THE PASTOR AS PUBLIC THEOLOGIAN: RECLAIMING A LOST VISION by Kevin J. Vanhoozer Owen Strachan

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This book was a key factor this past year in renewing an important (and ongoing) conversation about the nature of the pastoral office. Vanhoozer and Strachan seek to restore the vision of the Reformers and their Puritan ancestors of the pastorate as an office primarily defined by theology. The pastor must not see himself fundamentally as a counselor or motivator, but as a man called to mediate the transcendent truth of God to the people of God so they might live all of life to the glory of God.
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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.
Book Specifications
Release date: 2015-08-18
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 2015-08-18
Label: Baker Academic
Pages: 240
Edition: 1
ASIN: 0801097711
ISBN: 0801097711
Height: 925
Length: 625
Weight: 102
Width: 100
Product Group: Book