Category Archives: Books

“For the Life of the World” Cover Design

"For the Life of the World" Book CoverI’ve recently been given a glimpse of the cover design for my forthcoming book:  For the Life of the World:  Jesus Christ and the Church in the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas (Pickwick Publications).

I particularly appreciate the striking juxtaposition of colours and images.  Not to mention that the image of a garden in the wasteland is one of my favourite biblical metaphors for the new creation reality of the church.

I’ll have more to say about the book in the days ahead as the release date draws near.  Suffice to say, though, the appearance of the cover design signals that the day is fast approaching!

 

The Holy Spirit and Tradition

Christopher R.J. Holmes, a graduate of Wycliffe College and senior lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Otago in New Zealand, has penned the first volume in Zondervan’s new series New Studies in Dogmatics. The goal of the series, inspired by G.C. Berkouwer’s series Studies in Dogmatics, is “to offer concise, focused treatments of major topics in dogmatic theology that fill the gap between introductory theology textbooks and advanced theological monographs” (15). Holmes contribution, The Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015), certainly fits the bill and will therefore be of interest to those with some theological education who are looking to delve deeper into the area of pneumatology. Continue reading The Holy Spirit and Tradition

Presence and Servanthood

A recurrent theme which came up in the discussions surrounding my previous postings on John Howard Yoder’s Theology of Mission was the integral connection in Yoder’s thought between the medium and the message. This connection is made explicit in a couple of chapters where Yoder explores under the heading “Message and Medium” what could be described as the fundamental stance or posture of the missionary community. Yoder’s thoughts at this point are not simply for “professional missionaries” in faraway places, but for the people of God who are always in mission wherever they find themselves. Continue reading Presence and Servanthood