DOING THEOLOGY FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD

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DOING THEOLOGY FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD

Studies in Honour of J. I. Packer

Edited by Donald M. Lewis and Alister McGrath

For nearly a half-century J.I. Packer has distinguished himself as a theologian for the church. While his erudition sets him apart in the academy, his calling and his heart's desire have been doing theology for the people of God. In honour of his seventieth birthday, friends, colleagues and students from around the world have contributed this notable group of essays, making their own or reflecting upon Packer's advancement of the cause of good theology for the church. 

CONTENTS

  1. Preface: To James I. Packer on his seventieth birthday / Donald M. Lewis, Alister E. McGrath

  2. Theology: a multidimensional discipline / John R.W. Stott

  3. Systematic theology as a practical discipline / Kenneth S. Kantzer

  4. Toward a theology of the biblical text / Roger T. Beckwith

  5. Recovering baptism for a new age of mission / David F. Wright

  6. Christology and the quest of the historical Jesus / Colin Brown

  7. The dance between God and humanity / Bruce K. Waltke

  8. Grace and truth: the progress of the argument of the prologue of John's gospel / William J. Dumbrell

  9. Paul doing theology for the Corinthians: Second Corinthians / Paul Barnett

  10. Prospects for the Pastoral Epistles / I. Howard Marshall

  11. The importance of tradition for modern evangelicalism / Alister E. McGrath

  12. James I. Packer's contribution to the doctrine of the inerrancy of scripture; Appendix: Select bibliography of J.I. Packer's writings on scripture / Roger Nicole

  13. J.I. Packer and the shaping of American evangelicalism / Mark A. Noll

  14. Vision for preachers / Peter F. Jensen

  15. Knowing God: the transmission of reformed theology / James M. Houston

  16. Immanuel and the purpose of creation / Loren E. Wilkinson.

WHAT OTHER SCHOLARS ARE SAYING ...

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Michael Cromartie

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First Things

 "This collection of fifteen essays—with such distinguished contributors as Alister McGrath, John R. W. Stott, Mark A. Noll, James M. Houston, Colin Brown, Kenneth Kantzer, Bruce Waltke, and Roger Nicole—is published in honour of Packer's seventieth birthday and pays due honour to an exemplary scholar whose distinguished career has had such wide influence. As the editors observe: "Like so many great theologians, he has been drawn into controversy out of pastoral concerns, intensely aware of the fact that bad theology damages people. He has sought, however, in all of the controversies in which he has been involved, to be a peacemaker and a true Christian ecumenist."

FULL LENGTH REVIEWS OF THE BOOK

  1. Cromartie, Michael. “Doing Theology for the People of God: Studies in Honour of J I Packer.” First Things 79 (January 1998): 60–60.

  2. D. Bartow. “Doing Theology for the People of God: Studies in Honor of J.I. Packer.” Mennonite 112 (April 8, 1997): 22–23.

  3. Gilling, Bryan D. “Doing Theology for the People of God: Studies in Honour of J I Packer.” Stimulus 5 (November 1997): 49–50.

  4. Kearsley, Roy. “Doing Theology for the People of God: Studies in Honour of J I Packer.” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 19, no. 1 (2001): 113–14.

  5. M. Johnston. “Doing Theology for the People of God.” Banner of Truth, no. 405 (June 1, 1997): 31–31.