The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision
The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision

The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision

by Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan

Pages 240
Publisher Baker Academic
Published 2015
ISBN-13 9780801097713
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.

Drawing on the depiction of pastors in the Bible, key figures from church history, and Christian theology, this brief and accessible book offers a clarion call for pastors to serve as public theologians in their congregations and communities. The church needs pastors to read the world in light of Scripture and to direct their congregations in ways of wisdom, shalom, and human flourishing. The Pastor as Public Theologian calls for a paradigm shift in the very idea of what a pastor is and does, setting forth a positive alternative picture.

In addition to pastors, this book will be invaluable to seminary students training to be pastors and to their professors. It includes pastoral reflections on the theological task from twelve working pastors.

  • 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


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