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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.

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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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  • June 6, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    CPT Student Dinner and Panel Discussion, July 8th

    CPT Logo Blue ThumbnailLast fall the Center for Pastor Theologians hosted a dinner in Oak Park for an enthusiastic band of graduate students and professors interested in learning more about the Center’s vision. We’re following up that event with a dinner and panel discussion for graduate students, professors, and pastors on the practical steps taken by pastor theologians familiar with the challenges of juggling ministry responsibilities and theological scholarship. Topics discussed will include: managing your schedule to make room for study and writing, communicating the vision to your congregation and lay leaders, sabbaticals, the priority of prayer, continuing education, and more. We’ll have plenty of time for Q&A.

    Our panel will hosted by Jeremy Mann, CPT’s Managing Director, and include three of the pastors from our CPT Fellowships.

    Gerald Hiestand—Gerald is the co-founder and Executive Director of the CPT, and the author of several books and articles. His forthcoming book (written along with CPT co-founder, Todd Wilson) is The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Paradigm (Zondervan, 2015). Gerald serves as the Senior Associate Pastor at Calvary Memorial Church, in Oak Park, IL. Gerald is married with three children, and is a PhD Candidate in Classics and Archeology at the University of Kent, Cantebury.

    Dr. Micahael LeFebvre—Michael is a board member and Fellow of the CPT’s Second Fellowship, and is the author of numerous books and articles. Michael serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Church in Brownsville, Indiana. His most recent book is Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One (with Phil Ryken; Crossway, 2011). Michael holds a PhD in Old Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland.

    Dr. Mickey Klink—Mickey is a Fellow of the CPT’s Second Fellowship, and is the author of numerous books and articles. His forthcoming commentary, John (ZECNT 4,  Zondervan, 2015), represents his third major work on John’s gospel. Mickey has recently transitioned from an academic context (Biola) to Rockford Il, where he now serves as the Senior Pastor of Hope Evangelical Free Church. Mickey holds a PhD in New Testament from St. Andrews University.

    Come enjoy a meal, hear from practicing pastor theologians, and connect with others interested in the vision of the CPT. All the pertinent details are below.

    Who: Our target audience is graduate students interested in the CPT’s vision; but all are welcome
    When: July 8th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Where:
    Calvary Memorial Church, 931 Lake St. Oak Park, IL
    Cost:
    $5 registration fee (covering dinner), due at the event

    To register for this event, please RSVP online. Hope to see you there!

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  • May 6, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    The Pastor Theologian in the Protestant Tradition, Reformation to Enlightenment

    The dawn of the Reformation split the Western church into two traditions—Catholic and Protestant—each of which shows its own unique trajectory regarding the pastor theologian. Based on our reading of the Alexander street collections, the events of the Reformation appear to have had little effect on the ratio of Catholic clerical, non-clerical, and monastic theologians. But the Reformation seems to have funneled Protestant theologians back into the churches in ways not seen in the post-Reformation Catholic tradition. During the two hundred years following the Reformation, clerical theologians within Protestantism once again regain the ascendency over their non-clerical counterparts. Insofar as our primary concern is the pastor theologian in the Protestant tradition, we here focus our comments on the Protestant narrative.

    The Protestant pastoral community was vital in shaping the overall ecclesial and theological direction of the Reformation. Examples of significant and influential clerical theologians abound. Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531) was a catholic priest turned Protestant pastor in Zurich, and a chief father of the Reformed tradition; Johann Bugenhagen (1485-1558), though overshadowed by the great Luther, was the pastor at Wittenberg, a church administrator, and a significant theologian in his own right; Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) was the Archbishop of Canterbury and the founding father of the English Protestant church; Jacob Arminius (1560-1609), a theological opponent of Calvin, was a pastor in Amsterdam and founder of the theological system that still bears his name; John Owen (1616-1683) was a renowned preacher and pastor (and later vice chancellor at Oxford) whose works are still read today. And preeminent among the clerical theologians of the Reformation was, of course, John Calvin.

    Calvin was born in 1509, and came of age just as the Reformation was getting underway. Initially dedicated to the study of law in New Orleans, Calvin’s first love was the classics. But soon his reading of Luther and his acquaintance with French reformers shifted his intellectual attention away from Seneca and toward the Bible. Calvin’s association with Nicolas Cop—friend and rector of the University of Paris—resulted in Calvin fleeing France when Cop was brought up on heresy charges for having Lutheran views. Calvin landed in Basel, and from there intended to go to Strasbourg, where he hoped to adopt the quiet life of a scholar. But a war between Charles V and Francis I interrupted his travels and resulted in an unintended layover in Geneva, where he was compelled by the earnest admonitions of William Farel to assist Farel in the reform of Geneva. Calvin reluctantly agreed. But their attempted reforms soon put them at odds with the town council and Calvin was expelled from the city. Yet after three years in Strasburg (where Calvin hoped to once again settle into the quite life of a scholar), Calvin was recalled to Geneva by the council. He returned, and this time he stayed for the remainder of his life, serving as Geneva’s leading pastor and theological authority.[1]

    Calvin’s theological output was significant. Beyond his Institutes of the Christian Religion (his magnum opus) he wrote numerous tracks, as well as commentaries on nearly every book of the Bible. Calvin’s influence stretched beyond Geneva across Europe, and he was considered a leading theologian by those sympathetic to the Reformation. Luther speaks highly of him, and even Jacob Arminius, his theological opponent on the matter of predestination, said of Calvin, “Next to the study of the Scriptures which I earnestly inculcate, I exhort my pupils to peruse Calvin’s Commentaries, which I extol in loftier terms than Helmich himself [a Dutch divine, 1551-1608]; for I affirm that he excels beyond comparison in the interpretation of Scripture, and that his commentaries ought to be more highly valued than all that is handed down to us by the library of the fathers…”[2]

    Yet non-clerical theologians were also significant players in the Reformation tradition. Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560) was an important Wittenberg professor and a systematizer of Luther’s works; Martin Bucer (1491-1551) was a Dominican friar turned reformer who served as an influential ecclesiastical advisor throughout southwest Germany, and then later as a professor at Cambridge; William Tyndale (1494-1536), a client of wealthy patrons, translated the bible into the common vernacular; and George Fox (1624-1691) was an influential (even if controversial) anti-establishment Quaker lay preacher. And certainly Martin Luther, the preeminent theologian of the reformation, demonstrates the influence of non-clerical theologians.

    Luther was not the sole leader of the Protestant Reformation, but his influence can scarcely be overstated. His writings (along with the writings of Erasmus) were a chief catalyst in stirring the ecclesiastical and theological imaginations of sixteenth-century Europe. Luther began as an Augustinian monk at the Erfurt monastery, and was later transferred to the monastery at Wittenberg. Luther moved rapidly through his theological studies and was awarded the doctorate in theology in 1512, whereupon he reluctantly accepted the professorship in Bible. Yet throughout this time Luther was preoccupied by concerns regarding the state of his soul. This internal struggle to find a gracious God led ultimately to a reformulation of Christian soteriology and ecclesiology that sparked the Reformation. Luther’s subsequent conflict with the ecclesiastical authorities involved him in disputations, ecclesiastical trials, official papal condemnations of his person and views, and finally exile. Ultimately, Luther was provided safe haven in Wittenberg, where he continued as professor of Bible, leader of the German Reformation, and founder of Lutheranism.

    Luther’s work as a theologian was the shaping theological influence of the Reformation. His was a pietistic, earnest, and often pugnacious theology. Throughout his career he wrote numerous treatise, commentaries, and books. Above all he sought to return the church and her theology to its biblical roots. Theology for him was a blood earnest endeavor, one that determined the eternal destiny of souls. In his Bondage of the Will—a response to Erasmus, the Catholic humanist and New Testament scholar—Luther chides Erasmus for his delicate manner of writing and his refusal to make assertions. At the conclusion of his works he writes to Erasmus, “That you have failed is clear enough from your saying that you assert nothing, but have ‘made comparisons.’ He who sees to the heart of the matter and properly understands it does not write like that. Now I, in this book of mine, have not ‘made comparisons,’ but have asserted, and do assert; and I do not want judgment to rest with anyone, but I urge all men to submit!”[3] Assert indeed!

    Yet Luther was not solely an academic theologian. While not the pastor of the town church in Wittenberg (a position occupied by his friend Johannes Bugenhagen), Luther’s involvement in ecclesial life was remarkable. He regularly participated in ecclesial disputes, pastoral training, and was a frequent preacher at the town church. Between 1510 and 1546 Luther preached approximately 3,000 sermons to the laity—a preaching schedule more rigorous than most contemporary pastors. As was common in pre-Enlightenment Europe, the worlds of the academy and the church merged together in ways that did not allow for easy separation. As such, Luther’s writing demonstrates a deep acquaintance with the needs of average Christians.[4]

    The examples of Calvin and Luther illustrate the importance of both clerical and non-clerical theologians in the sixteenth and seventeenth-centuries. Yet it is the clerical theologian that seems to have the primacy during this era. An examination of the Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts reveals that fifty-four percent of the approximately two hundred authors in the collection were clerical theologians, while forty-six percent were non-clerical.[5] Insofar as the Digital Library of Classical Protestant Texts represents a fair cross section of the Protestant tradition in the sixteenth and seventeenth-centuries, clearly the pastoral office was considered a viable vocation for theologians; and many theologians—even the majority of them, it would seem—chose the pastoral office as the best context for their theological scholarship. Perhaps this movement toward the churches can be accounted for by the fact that many theologians who left the Catholic church were likewise compelled to leave the universities (which very often remained Catholic), as well as the monasteries, thus funneling the vocational options of Protestant theologians toward the pastorate. Whatever the cause, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries represent a notable resurgence of the pastor-theologian.

    Yet somewhere between the beginning of the eighteenth-century and the present, the pastor theologian went nearly extinct. The reasons for this demise are no doubt complex. But whatever the exact causes, certainly the Enlightenment played a crucial role. It is to this pivotal moment in the intellectual life of the West that our story now turns.

     

    [1] For an executive summary of Calvin’s career and theology, see Alexandre Ganoczy, “Calvin, John” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, ed., Hans J. Hillebrand (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996). For a look at John Calvin as pastor and preacher, see John Piper, “The Divine Majesty of the Word,” in The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2000), 115-42.

    [2] Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 8 vols. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952-53), 8:280. XXX

    [3] Luther, Bondage of the Will, sec. clxviii.

    [4] For a concise treatment of Luther’s pastoral duties at Wittenberg and beyond, see John Piper, The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2000) 86-90. See also, Fred W. Meuser, Luther the Preacher (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1983).

    [5] The Catholic tradition however, moves along a different trajectory. In the Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation, the ratios are more strongly in favor of the non-clerical theologian: fifty-one percent were non-clerical theologians, thirty percent were clerical-theologians, and nineteen percent were monastic theologians. Taken together, in both the Catholic and Protestant Tradition, forty-eight percent of the theologians represented in the two Alexander Street collections were non-clerical theologians, forty-four percent were clerical theologians, and eight percent were monastic theologians.

    Categories: General | Gerald Hiestand | Pastor-theologian

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  • April 20, 2014 by Gerald Hiestand

    Happy Easter, from Virgil

    “Easy the way down to Avernus; night and day the gates of Dis [the underworld]  stand open. But to retrace your steps and reach the upper air — here lies the task.”
    Virgil, The Aeneid, 6.60.

    Categories: General | Gerald Hiestand | Resurrection

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