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Pastor as Public Theologian

Reclaiming a Lost Vision

By: Kevin Vanhoozer, Owen Strachan
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Vendor: Baker Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780801097713
SKU: 9780801097713

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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.

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.


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
    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
    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
  • 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