Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God

Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God

by John Jefferson Davis


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Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God presents a new paradigm for church ministry—one that is based on fundamental truths of the Christian faith such as the Trinity, union with Christ, and the "already" presence of the Holy Spirit in the church. This new paradigm can help busy pastors avoid "burnout" in the ministry and model Trinitarian, New Testament patterns of ministry to their people. Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God reflects the best of recent New Testament scholarship, sensitivity to the contexts of globalized postmodern cultures dominated by digital media, and practical applications for Christian life, discipleship, worship, and mission.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498202053
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Jefferson Davis is Professor of Systematic Theology and Chair of the Division of Christian Thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Davis (PhD, Duke University) is the author of several well-known books, including Theology Primer; Foundations of Evangelical Theology; Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today; Frontiers of Science and Faith; Worship and the Reality of God; and Meditation and Communion with God, as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.

He and his wife have five children and six grandchildren, and live in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 The Role of Theology in the Life of the Church 1

2 American Evangelicalism 3.0: A Proposal for a New-Paradigm Evangelicalism for the Twenty-first Century 6

3 Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God and in Partnership with God 40

4 Conversion Isn't What It Used to Be 70

5 Salvation Reconceptualized: Is Our Western Gospel Big Enough? 125

6 Where N. T. Wright Isn't Quite Right: Further Brief Perspectives on the "New Perspectives" on Paul 150

7 "Teaching Them to Observe All that I Have Commanded You": The History of the Interpretation of the "Great Commission" and Implications for Marketplace Ministries 158

8 Why Most American Christians Don't Pray Very Much 176

9 Is Scripture Memorization Still Relevant? 198

10 1 Timothy 2:12, the Ordination of Women, and Pauline Use of Creation Narratives 213

11 Incarnation, Trinity, and the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood 226

12 How to Get More Out of Committee Meetings in Your Church 249

13 "Would John Calvin Stay in the Episcopal Church?" 254

14 Thoughts on Hell and Everlasting Punishment 263

15 Will There Be New Work in the New Creation? 271

Bibliography 291

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From the Publisher

"Davis is one of the most important and influential theologians in today's evangelical world . . . This book is an excellent example of his profound insights into the practice of ministry and provides us with inspirational correctives to the prevalent ways of doing ministry. Practicing Ministry in the Presence of God is filled with invigorating lessons for integrative ministry . . . This is a must-read for every Christian minister."

—Sung Wook Chung, Professor of Christian Theology, Denver Seminary

"Davis has set the table with a rich feast of theological expertise combined with genuine application to ministry. This set of essays will challenge, delight, and convict the reader. Settle in to a great theological meal here."

—Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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