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  • December 10, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Third Fellowship Application Process Still Open

    As we announced earlier this year, recent grant funding has made possible the launch of a Third CPT Fellowship.  This new Fellowship will meet for the first time August 3-5, 2015 (thereafter always the first Monday-Wednesday of August). The application process for this new Fellowship remains open. The ideal candidate for the CPT’s Third Fellowship…

    • Is a full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of theological scholarship as a significant ministry calling.
    • Has a PhD.
    • Has a publishing record in theological scholarship.
    • Is under 40 years old.
    • Has regular availability for the August Symposium.

    Candidates who do not meet the ideal profile for all criteria are encouraged to apply if they are strong in the other areas. We are keen on theological diversity within a larger evangelical framework, and therefore invite applications from all denominational backgrounds.

    The application window will stay open until Feb 1, 2015. At that time applications will be reviewed and the CPT board will invite the top fifteen candidates to join the Third Fellowship.

    Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a CV to Gerald Hiestand at ghiestand@pastortheologians.com prior to applying.

    See the following links to download the Fellowship Application and Fellowship Prospectus.

    Categories: CPT Fellowship | General | Gerald Hiestand

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  • December 8, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    End of the Year Update from Board Chairman — We Need Your Help

    todd-wilsonDear Friend of the CPT,

    It’s hard to believe the end of 2014 is already here! I trust you and yours have experienced the riches of God’s blessing this past year, and that you are enjoying this season of Advent.

    As the year draws to a close, I am especially grateful for all the ways God has blessed the CPT in 2014. Since January, we’ve been approved for a nearly quarter-million dollar grant with the John Templeton Foundation (to take effect in later 2015), hosted two Fellowship Symposia, published our first edition of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology, invited applications to a Third Fellowship for pastor theologians, hosted a Dinner and Panel Discussion for seminarians and graduate students, and along with my CPT co-founder, finished the manuscript on a forthcoming book, The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision, which will be published by Zondervan in 2015.

    It’s not all success though; for this year, we’re still $12,500 behind budget. The lion’s share of this deficit has fallen on the shoulders of our CPT staff. Our staff work tirelessly, and they have forgone compensation the last half of this year due to limited funding. As the board chair, and on behalf of the board, I’m asking you to help us honor our financial commitments to our staff. Without their dedicated work, the CPT vision would be only that — a vision. As you think about year end giving, would you consider giving a gift to the CPT? All gifts are tax deductible, and can be made securely online via Paypal. Or checks can be sent to:

    The Center for Pastor Theologians
    931 Lake Street
    Oak Park, IL 60301

    The Center for Pastor Theologians is making a difference. Slowly but surely the CPT is helping deepen the theological integrity and spiritual vitality of local congregations, and at the same time helping theology find its center once again in the Church. As always, we so appreciate — and depend — on your partnership and financial support.

    Blessings,

    Todd Wilson
    Board Chairman, CPT

    Categories: General

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  • December 2, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Stephen Witmer on Ethics and Eschatology

    My friend and CPT Fellow Stephen Witmer has a nice essay in the recent edition of Themelios.  His essay is a fleshed out version of a paper he presented at one of our first CPT symposia. The abstract is below:

    In linking ethics and eschatology, the NT writers were following in the footsteps of Jesus, whose ethical instruction was closely connected to his eschatological preaching. Given this connection between Jesus’ ethics and eschatology, it is striking to note that again and again in modern theology scholars have attempted to sever the link by reinterpreting, discarding, or demythologizing Jesus’ outmoded apocalyptic eschatology (i.e., his theology) and retaining his teaching (i.e., his ethics).1 This approach is often associated with the nineteen-century liberal lives of Jesus, but one of my aims in this essay is to demonstrate that a similarly radical severing of eschatology and ethics is present in the work of Albert Schweitzer, ironically the scholar most often credited with putting the nail in the coffin of the liberal lives of Jesus. I will explore and critique this surprising divorce in Schweitzer’s work between Jesus’ eschatology and the modern application of Jesus’ ethics and argue, in opposition to Schweitzer, for the importance of preserving the close link between Jesus’ eschatology and ethics, his theology and his pastoral concern. For Jesus, as with Paul and the other NT writers, eschatology and ethics were thoroughly enmeshed, so that it is not possible to take over the latter without the former. I’ll conclude by reflecting upon the implications of my thesis for contemporary pastor-theologians.

    Read the whole thing here. Stephen is also  the author of Eternity Changes Everything: How to Live Now in the Light of Your Future (Good Book Company, 2014).

    Categories: CPT Fellows Publication | General | Gerald Hiestand

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  • November 4, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Announcement of the Theopolis Institute

    Below is the press release for the newly named Theopolis Institute, led by Peter Leithart. Peter has been a good friend and ministry partner of the CPT, and the Theopolis Institute has many of the same impulses as the CPT. I hope you’ll check out their new site!

    Beginning in November 2014, Trinity House Institute of Birmingham, Alabama, will take a new name, the Theopolis Institute.

    The Theopolis Institute trains pastors and Christian leaders through intensive courses in biblical theology and liturgics, encourages unity in the church with its ecumenical Nevin Lecture series, and advances theological scholarship with essays on its web site and in its e-newsletter, In Medias Res.

    According to Theopolis President Peter J. Leithart, the new name better communicates the Institute’s unique vision and mission, and captures the unified purpose behind its various programs and activities.

    Theopolis comes from two Greek words, “God” and “city.” It expresses the Institute’s hope that as the Spirit works through the Word, Liturgy, and pastoral care, the world becomes more like the city of God-— the Institute seeks reformation in the church and transformation in our culture.

    Theopolis’s elegant new logo, designed by CREVIN AMD of Missoula, Montana, symbolizes the Institute’s aims in visual form. The logo depicts the heavenly city of God reflected below the firmament, imprinting a cross on heaven and earth.

    Visit our new web site at theopolisinstitute.com.

    Categories: General | Gerald Hiestand

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  • October 28, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    CPT Theology Conference, Nov 2-4, 2015

    Mark your calendars for the first annual CPT Theology Conference, November 2-4, 2015. The conference will be hosted by Calvary Memorial Church in Chicago, and is being launched in partnership with Zondervan. The first year’s theme is “The Pastor Theologian: Identities and Possibilities”.

    The conference will include plenary addresses from James K. A. Smith, Peter Leithart, Kevin Vanhoozer, Todd Wilson, and yours truly. We also have a great line up of break out “conversations” led by CPT Fellows and other like-minded folks.

    Our aim is to make this conference as “un-conferencey” as possible, with lots of time built in for conversation — both formal and informal. More details will be forthcoming, but for now, be sure to save the date.

    Categories: General | Gerald Hiestand | Theology Conference

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  • October 22, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Dr. Todd Wilson, Advice to Students

    A helpful word from CPT Co-Founder, Dr. Todd Wilson.

    Categories: General | Gerald Hiestand

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  • August 5, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Application Process Now Open for the CPT’s New Third Fellowship

    calvary-conference-170445The bread and butter of CPT programing has been our two Pastor Theologian Fellowships. Each Fellowship consists of fifteen pastors who meets annually for a three-day working symposium (Monday evening through Wednesday lunch) at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park (near Chicago). These funded Symposia bring together a diverse body of both pastor-theologians and ecclesially sensitive academic theologians, with a view to establishing collegial relationships and collaborating on theological projects relevant to the life of the church.

    Pulling together a diverse body of evangelical pastor-theologians from across the country, the Fellowships include representation from the Free Church, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Anglican, Baptist, Messianic Jewish, Presbyterian, Methodist, and independent Bible church traditions. Each Fellowship meets annually for a three day working symposium at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where Fellows interact on important theological issues relevant to the ecclesial context. Additional Fellowship interaction takes place through conference calls, as well as informal communication between Fellows. – See more at: http://www.pastortheologians.com/cpt-fellowships/#sthash.OF45KxU9.dpuf
    Pulling together a diverse body of evangelical pastor-theologians from across the country, the Fellowships include representation from the Free Church, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Anglican, Baptist, Messianic Jewish, Presbyterian, Methodist, and independent Bible church traditions. Each Fellowship meets annually for a three day working symposium at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where Fellows interact on important theological issues relevant to the ecclesial context. Additional Fellowship interaction takes place through conference calls, as well as informal communication between Fellows. – See more at: http://www.pastortheologians.com/cpt-fellowships/#sthash.OF45KxU9.dpuf

    For the past number of years our Fellowships have been closed. But recent grant funding has made possible the launch of a  Third CPT Fellowship.  This new Fellowship will meet for the first time August 17-19, 2015 (thereafter always the third Monday-Wednesday of August).

    The ideal candidate for the CPT’s Third Fellowship…

    • Is a full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of theological scholarship as a significant ministry calling.
    • Has a PhD.
    • Has a publishing record in theological scholarship.
    • Is under 40 years old.
    • Has regular availability for the August Symposium.

    We are keen on theological diversity within a larger evangelical framework, and therefore invite applications from all denominational backgrounds.

    The application window will stay open until Feb 1, 2015. At that time applications will be reviewed and the CPT board will invite the top fifteen candidates to join the Third Fellowship.

    Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a CV to Gerald Hiestand at ghiestand@pastortheologians.com prior to submitting an application.

    See the following links to download the Fellowship Application and Fellowship Prospectus.

     

    The ideal candidate is:

    • A full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of ecclesial theology as a significant ministry calling.
    • Has a PhD.
    • Has a demonstrated publishing record in ecclesial theology.
    • Is under 40 years old.

    – See more at: http://www.pastortheologians.com/cpt-fellowships/#sthash.OF45KxU9.dpuf

    The ideal candidate is:

    • A full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of ecclesial theology as a significant ministry calling.
    • Has a PhD.
    • Has a demonstrated publishing record in ecclesial theology.
    • Is under 40 years old.

    – See more at: http://www.pastortheologians.com/cpt-fellowships/#sthash.OF45KxU9.dpuf

    The ideal candidate is:

    • A full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of ecclesial theology as a significant ministry calling.
    • Has a PhD.
    • Has a demonstrated publishing record in ecclesial theology.
    • Is under 40 years old.

    – See more at: http://www.pastortheologians.com/cpt-fellowships/#sthash.OF45KxU9.dpuf

    The ideal candidate is:

    • A full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of ecclesial theology as a significant ministry calling.
    • Has a PhD.
    • Has a demonstrated publishing record in ecclesial theology.
    • Is under 40 years old.

    – See more at: http://www.pastortheologians.com/cpt-fellowships/#sthash.OF45KxU9.dpuf

    The ideal candidate is:

    • A full-time vocational pastor who views the writing/publication of ecclesial theology as a significant ministry calling.
    • Has a PhD.
    • Has a demonstrated publishing record in ecclesial theology.
    • Is under 40 years old.

    – See more at: http://www.pastortheologians.com/cpt-fellowships/#sthash.OF45KxU9.dpuf

    Categories: CPT Fellowship | General | Gerald Hiestand

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  • July 29, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    J. Budziszewski’s “The Meaning of Sex”

    On the Meaning of SexIn our most recent (and still only) volume of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology, one will find Matthew Lee Anderson’s review of J. Budziszewski’s, The Meaning of Sex. Matthew gave it a positive review, and so I picked up a copy.

    The book is wide-ranging, covering gender, lust, sexual love purity, etc. If you want a review, you can read Matthew’s. All I want to say here is that this is a great, great book. Budziszewski is a proponent of natural law theory, and he deploys it here to great effect. The sanity with which he writes is remarkable. And beyond the content, Budziszewksi is a fantastic wordsmith. Comparable to Lewis when it comes to clarity and the turn of a phrase. Here’s a sample, and then I leave the rest to you–tolle lege!

    “The notion that men and women are identical works against the very equality that it tries to uphold. The same, are they? The same as what? Though with some dissimulation, identicalists almost always answer, ‘The same as men.’ Not only do men who despise women take this line. It is also taken by those so-called feminists who detest everything feminine, regard womanly women as traitors to the cause, and insist on an ideal which is supposedly indifferent to sex, but is actually masculine. From the same root spring those strange male fantasies about worlds of the future in which women lead armies, command starships, gun down enemies, and are ready for sexual intercourse at any moment. The underlying wish is that both sexes would be men, but that some of these men would look like women.” (42-43)

    Categories: Book Reviews | Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology | General | Gerald Hiestand

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  • July 23, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Introducing the Fall 2015 CPT Theology Conference — You Pick the Speakers!

    The CPT is thrilled to co-host, along with Zondervan,  its first annual Chicago Theology Conference. The conference will be held in the Fall of 2015 (exact date TBD), and will be centered on the theme of, “The Pastor Theologian: Identity, Vocation, and Possibilities.”   The conference will be paired with the release of our book, The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Paradigm.

    We’re starting to plan for that conference now, dreaming dreams and scheming schemes, but we’d love to get your input as well.

    We’re asking CPT readers to help us develop our speaker invitation list. If you want to have a say in who gets invited to speak, take a moment and pick the “top five” plenary speakers that you’d love to hear talk about the pastor theologian. You can find the list here.

    Pray, fast, ponder deeply. And only one vote per person, please!

    Categories: General | Gerald Hiestand | Pastor-theologian

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  • June 30, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Introducing the CPT’s “Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology”

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    The Center for Pastor Theologians is happy to announce the launch of our new annual print journal — the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology.  The essays contained within the Bulletin are drawn from the papers presented at the Center’s bi-annual theological symposia for pastors. As such, each volume of the Bulletin focuses on a single theological theme relevant to ministry and the life of the church.

    Spanning a wide ministry context (rural, urban, small church, mega church)  and the breadth of evangelical denominational affiliations (Baptist, Anglican, Wesleyan, Reformed, Lutheran, Independent, etc.), the majority of our contributors are evangelical theologians and scholars whose primary vocation is pastoral ministry. It is our aim that the Bulletin model robust ecclesial theology — theology that is born out of a parish context and driven by parish questions and concerns.

    In an effort to reach as wide an audience as possible, print copies are available on Amazon. Free digital downloads of each essay are available through the CPT website. See below for information on our first volume.

    Volume 1.1, 2014 — ESSAYS ON SEXUALITY AND GENDER

    In 2013/14 the CPT fellows, led by Dr Peter Leithart of the Trinity House Institute, responded to John Paul II’s teaching on the meaning of the human body, sex, gender, marriage, and singleness in Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. In a sexually giddy world that is spinning faster and faster out of control, these themes could not be more relevant to pastoral ministry, Christian discipleship, and the mission of our congregations. John Paul’s rich biblical and philosophical explorations provided stimulating conversation, some of the fruits of which are here presented.

    In this first edition of the Bulletin, Christopher Bechtel explores the metaphor of church as body to consider how John Paul’s spousal anthropology might inform our ecclesiology; Gerald Hiestand considers the pressing pastoral issue of sexual boundaries in premarital relationships; Matthew Mason examines what Theology of the Body might have to say on issues of same-sex sexuality and contemporary gender confusions; David Morlan offers some theologically informed exegetical notes on Ephesians 5:22-33; and Owen Strachan expounds a theology of womanhood that pays close attention to the meaning of the female body.

    Print copies of vol. 1.1., 2014 can be purchased on Amazon. Free digital downloads of each essay, as well as the book reviews, are available below.

    ESSAYS

    Matthew Mason, “Editorial”

    Christopher Bechtel, “Naked Church: A Trinitarian Ecclesiology of the Body”

    Gerald L. Hiestand, “A Biblical-Theological Approach to Premarital Sexual Ethics: Or, What Saint Paul would Say about ‘Making Out’”

    Mathew Mason, “Man and Woman He Created Them: Same-sex Desires, Gender Trouble, and Gay Marriage in the Light of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body”

    David S. Morlan, “Power, Sex and the Self: Notes on Ephesians 5:21-33″

    Owen Strachen, “On Power and Fragility: Reflections of John Paul II’s Theology of Bodily Womanhood”

    BOOK REVIEWS

    Michel Foucault. The History of Sexuality: An Introduction, Volume One, Laura Kenna

    Wendell Berry. Jayber Crow, Matthew Mason

    Mark and Grace Driscoll. Real Marriage; Timothy Keller. The Meaning of Marriage; Paul David Tripp. What did You Expect?, David Morlan

    J. Budziszewski. On the Meaning of Sex, Matthew Lee Anderson

    Sarah Coakley. Religion and the Body, Jeremy Mann

    Douglas Sean O’donnell. The Song of Solomon, Jason B. Hood

    Categories: Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology | General | Gerald Hiestand

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