The CPT exists to help pastors produce ecclesial theology. "Ecclesial theology" is a flexible term that includes a wide variety of writing. As such, we are frequently asked about the type of scholarship and writing our pastors engage in. Rather than offering a definition, see below for a sampling of the books written or edited by the pastors in our Fellowships. The list gives a general sense of how our pastors live out their calling as ecclesial theologians for the broader church.

  • The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision

    The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision

    Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson

    Pastoral ministry today is often ruled by an emphasis on short-sighted goals, pragmatic results, and shallow thinking. Unfortunately, those in the academy tend to have the opposite problem, failing to connect theological study to the pressing issues facing the church today. Contemporary evangelicalism has lost sight of the inherent connection between pastoral leadership and theology. This results in theologically anemic churches, and ecclesial anemic theologies. The Pastor Theologian addresses both concerns and charts a new way forward.

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  • Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing A Biblical Pattern

    Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing A Biblical Pattern

    Jason B. Hood

    Should we imitate Jesus? Some Christians answer with a cheerful "Yes," seeing it as the sum of the Christian life. Others believe we should rely on the work of Christ alone, throwing off any hint of the moralism or "works righteousness" they associate with imitating Jesus. Jason Hood takes us on a tour of what the Bible has to say about imitating Jesus.Here is a reliable theological foundation for imitating Jesus today, a crucial first step toward the renewal of biblical discipleship.

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  • The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology

    The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology

    Jeremy R. Treat

    The kingdom of God and the atonement are two of the most important themes in all of Scripture. Tragically, theologians have often either set the two at odds or focused on one to the complete neglect of the other. In The Crucified King, Jeremy Treat demonstrates that Scripture presents a mutually enriching relationship between the kingdom and atonement that draws significantly from the story of Israel and culminates in the crucifixion of Christ the king.

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  • Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership

    Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership

    Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand

    Based on the first CPT conference in 2015, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians to consider how pastoral ministry and theological scholarship might be reconnected once again. The contributors consider several facets of the complex identity of the pastor theologian, including the biblical, public, and political dimensions of this calling. In addition, the essays explore the insights that can be gained from historical examples of pastor theologians—including John Calvin, John Henry Newman and Dietrich Bonhoeffer—as well as the essential role of Scripture within the ministry of the pastor theologian.

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  • Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living (Preach the Word)

    Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living (Preach the Word)

    Todd A. Wilson

    What do you do when you’ve made a mess of things? Where do you go when you’ve blown it badly? How does the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ empower us to combat things like hypocrisy, pride, people-pleasing, and apostasy? Paul’s letter to the Galatians tells us what we need to know in these situations as he teaches us how to rely upon costly grace. In this fresh and engaging commentary, pastor Todd Wilson invites us to look beneath the surface of controversy in Galatia to the even more fundamental issue at stake: gospel-rooted living.

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  • Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice

    Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice

    Edward Klink III and Darian Lockett

    Understanding Biblical Theology clarifies the catch-all term “biblical theology,” a movement that tries to remove the often-held dichotomy between biblical studies for the Church and as an academic pursuit. This book examines the five major schools of thought regarding biblical theology and handles each in turn, defining and giving a brief developmental history for each one, and exploring each method through the lens of one contemporary scholar who champions it. Using a spectrum between history and theology, each of five “types” of biblical theology are identified as either “more theological” or “more historical” in concern and practice:

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  • Ecclesiastes (Reformed Expository Commentary)

    Ecclesiastes (Reformed Expository Commentary)

    Douglas Sean O'Donnell

    Douglas O Donnell shows, in this redemptive-historical, biblical, practical, and expositional commentary, that Ecclesiastes answers two key questions that worry everybody in the depths of their minds. The first is "What does man gain from all the toil at which he toils under the sun?" the answer being "nothing." The second follows: "In light of such vanity the fact that our work and knowledge and pleasures and possessions are ultimately made futile by death how then should we live this temporary life under the sun?" The answer is surprisingly simple: we are to abandon human illusions of self-importance, put aside all pretense of pride, and embrace divine wisdom.

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  • A Multi-Intentioned View of the Extent of the Atonement

    A Multi-Intentioned View of the Extent of the Atonement

    Gary L. Shultz and Bruce Ware

    Christians strongly disagree about the extent of the atonement. Some believe that the atonement only extends to the elect, those whom God chose to save before the foundation of the world. Others believe the atonement is unlimited, that Jesus died for all people whether they ever believe in him or not. Despite the differences in these two traditional understandings they share one thing in common: both believe that Jesus died for a single, intended purpose. But what if God's intentions in the atonement are multiple, not single?

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  • Pure Worship: The Early English Baptist Distinctive

    Pure Worship: The Early English Baptist Distinctive

    Matthew Ward

    Baptists are not often thought of as leading theologians and practitioners of worship. But forgotten in history is one crucial fact: the Baptist tradition formed out of a desire to worship God purely. Early Baptists devoted immense energy to questions of worship and drew conclusions of even contemporary value.Pure Worship re-creates the fascinating historical context of the early years of the English Baptists. Examining many thousands of manuscript pages, Matthew Ward pieces together an entire theology of worship that not only guided the early Baptists but also attracted the attention of many elements of English Christianity.

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  • Living Justification : A Historical-Theological Study of the Reformed Doctrine of Justification in the Writings of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and N. T. Wright

    Living Justification : A Historical-Theological Study of the Reformed Doctrine of Justification in the Writings of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and N. T. Wright

    Jonathan R. Huggins

    This book is a historical-theological study of the Reformed doctrine of Justification. After providing a brief history of the doctrine, the work focuses on analyzing the writings of John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and N. T. Wright to discern points of development, continuity, and discontinuity within the Reformed tradition itself.

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  • The Gospel and Sexual Orientation

    The Gospel and Sexual Orientation

    Michael LeFebvre

    In 2010, a committee was appointed by the Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America to study "one of the most important cultural issues of our day." Synod saw the need to provide guidance for congregations on the subject of homosexual orientation, not simply about the scriptural, scientific and moral issues, but also guidance for care and counsel to someone who believes their identity is homosexual. The result is a rare paper worthy of a book and worthy of a readership beyond a small church denomination and even beyond the realm of conservative presbyterianism.

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  • Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations

    Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations

    David Rudolph and Joel Willitts

    This book is the go-to source for introductory information on Messianic Judaism. Editors David Rudolph and Joel Willitts have assembled a thorough examination of the ecclesial context and biblical foundations of the diverse Messianic Jewish movement. The work brings together a team of respected Messianic Jewish and Gentile Christian scholars, including Mark Kinzer, Richard Bauckham, Markus Bockmuehl, Craig Keener, Darrell Bock, Scott Hafemann, Daniel Harrington, R. Kendall Soulen, Douglas Harink and others.

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  • Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology, Vol 2

    Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology, Vol 2

    Gerald Hiestand and Matthew Mason, eds.

    From the opening chapters of Genesis, the issues of work, economics, and vocation are of clear practical importance to what it means to be a godly human being, loving and serving God in the world he has created. This issue of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology tackles these topics from a variety of perspectives, but always oriented to the preaching of God’s Word, and the life and faith of God’s people.

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More Publications

Bill Barker, Isaiah’s Kingship Polemic: An Exegetical Study in Isaiah 24-27 (Mohr Siebeck, 2014)

Christopher R. Bruno‘God is One’: The Function of ‘Eis ho Theos’ as a Ground for Gentile Inclusion in Paul’s Letters (LNTS 497; T&T Clark, 2013)

__________With Matthew Dirks, Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Compassion, and Evangelism (Crossway, 2014)

__________What is the Story of the Bible? A Biblical Theology Summary (Crossway, 2015)

David S. Morlan, The Gospel of Luke: From the Outside In. D.A Carson, Editor (Lifeway, 2013)

__________ Conversion in Luke and Paul: An Exegetical and Theological Exploration. LNTS: 464 (Bloomsbury, 2013)

David Rudolph, Acts volume for the New Testament after Supersessionism Series. Co-edited with J. Brian Tucker, Joel Willitts and Justin Hardin. (Cascade, forthcoming 2020)

__________New Testament Interpretation after Supersessionism: Changing Paradigms. Co-authored with J. Brian Tucker, Joel Willitts and Justin Hardin (Cascade, forthcoming 2016)

__________The Jewish New Testament: An Introduction to its Jewish Social & Conceptual Context. Co-authored with Justin Hardin and Joel Willitts, (Eerdmans, forthcoming 2016)

__________Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations, Co-edited with Joel Willitts. (Zondervan, 2013)

__________A Jew to the Jews: Jewish Contours Pauline Flexibility in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. WUNT 2/304. Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2011.

__________Growing Your Olive Tree Marriage: A Guide for Couples from Two traditions, (Lederer, 2003)

__________The Voice of the Lord: Messianic Jewish Daily Devotional, (Lederer, 1998)

__________Understanding Messianic Judaism: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, 1988)

Douglas Estes, James: Two Kinds of Wisdom (Discovery House, forthcoming 2020)

__________The Tree of Life, edited, TBN (Brill, forthcoming 2019)

__________Transhumanism (Title TBD) (Herald, forthcoming 2018)

__________Better Habits, Better Life: How to Coach Yourself for Lifechange, co-authored with Noël Estes (Cascade, forthcoming)

__________Questions and Rhetoric in the Greek New Testament (Zondervan, 2017)

__________ Literary Approaches to the Bible, co-edited with Douglas Mangum, LMS 4 (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016)

__________ How John Works: Storytelling in the Fourth Gospel, co-edited with Ruth Sheridan, RBS 86 (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016)

__________The Questions of Jesus in John: Logic, Rhetoric and Persuasive Discourse, BIS 115 (Brill, 2013)
__________SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World (Zondervan, 2009)

__________The Temporal Mechanics of the Fourth Gospel: A Theory of Hermeneutical Relativity in the Gospel of John, BIS 92 (Brill, 2008)

Douglas O’Donnell, God’s Lyrics: Rediscovering Worship through Old Testament Songs (Presbyterian & Reformed, 2010)

__________The Beginning and End of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapters of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job (Crossway, 2011)

__________The Song of Solomon, Preaching the Word (Crossway, 2012)

__________The Gospel of Matthew, Preaching the Word (Crossway, 2013)

__________Introductions and study notes for “The Song of Solomon” and “Ecclesiastes,” for the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible (Crossway, 2013)

__________Psalms, Knowing the Bible Series (Crossway, 2014)

__________Ecclesiastes, Reformed Expositional Commentary (Presbyterian & Reformed, 2014)

Doug Sweeney, He Will Teach You All Things: A Global History of Christian Doctrine (Baker Academic, forthcoming).

__________ Teaching In, With, and Under the Christian Church (Baker Academic, forthcoming).

__________ Co-editor, with Oliver D. Crisp, The Oxford Handbook of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

__________ Co-editor, with David P. Barshinger, Jonathan Edwards and Scripture: America’s Theologian in Exegetical Perspective (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

__________ Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment (Oxford University Press, 2015).

__________ Co-editor, with Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Thomas H. McCall, The Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology, a multi-volume series of monographs (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015-).

__________ Co-author, with Richard J. Mouw, The Suffering and Victorious Christ: Toward a More Compassionate Christology (Baker Academic, 2013).

__________ Co-editor, with Oliver D. Crisp, After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (Oxford University Press, 2012).

__________ Co-author, with Owen Strachan, The Essential Edwards Collection, (Moody Press, 2010).

__________ Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought (IVP Academic, 2009).

__________ Co-editor, with Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe, Holding on to the Faith: Confessional Traditions in American Christianity (University Press of America, 2008).

__________ Co-editor, with Allen C. Guelzo, The New England Theology: From Jonathan Edwards to Edwards Amasa Park (Baker Academic, 2006).

__________ The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement (Baker Academic, 2005).

__________ ed., The “Miscellanies,” 1153-1360, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 23 (Yale University Press, 2004).

__________ Co-editor, with David W. Kling, Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons (The University of South Carolina Press, 2003).

__________ Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 2003).

__________ Co-editor, with Wilson H. Kimnach and Kenneth P. Minkema, The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader (Yale University Press, 1999).

Eric Bargerhuff, Love that Rescues: God’s Fatherly Love in the Practice of Church Discipline (Wipf and Stock, 2010)

__________The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word is Misunderstood (Bethany House, 2012)

Gary Shultz, A Multi-Intentioned View of the Atonement (Wipf and Stock, 2014)

Gerald Hiestand, Raising Purity: Helping Parents Understand the Bible’s Perspective on Sex, Dating, and Relationships (Iustificare Press, 2009)

__________ with Jay Thomas, Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach  (Crossway, 2012)

__________with Todd Wilson, The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision (Zondervan 2015)

__________with Todd Wilson, Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership (IVP Academic 2016)

Greg Thompson, co ed. with Mark Gornik, Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World, by Nicholas Wolterstorff (Eerdmans, 2011)

Jay Thomas, Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach, with Gerald Hiestand (Crossway, 2012)

__________1 Corinthians, Knowing the Bible Series (Crossway, forthcoming)

Jason Hood, Imitating God in Christ: Recapturing and Biblical Pattern (IVP Academic, 2013)

__________Israel’s Story and Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus: The Messiah, His Brothers, and the Nations, in Library of New Testament Studies 441 (T. & T. Clark, 2011 hb 2013 pb)

__________The Kingdom of God in New Studies in Biblical Theology (IVP Academic, Forthcoming)

Jeremy R. TreatThe Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 2014)

Jim Samra, The Gift of the Church: How God Designed the Local Church to Meet our Needs as Christians  (Zondervan, 2010)

__________James, 1&2 Peter, and Jude in the “Teach the Text” Commentary series (Baker, forthcoming)

__________Being Conformed to Christ in Community:  A Study of Maturity, Maturation and the Local Church in the Undisputed Pauline Epistles, Library of New Testament Studies, (T& T Clark, 2006).

__________God Told Me: Who to Marry, Where to Work, Which Car to Buy…And I’m Pretty Sure I’m Not Crazy (Baker, 2012).

John Yates, The Spirit and Creation in Paul  (Mohr-Siebeck, 2008)

Josh Chatraw, Apologetics at the Cross (Zondervan, forthcoming).

__________with Darrell Bock and Andreas Köstenberger, Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging the Skeptical Challenges to the Bible (B&H Academic, 2014).

__________with Darrell Bock and Andreas Köstenberge, Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World (Nashville: B&H, 2014).

Michael LeFebvre, Collections, Codes, and Torah: The Re-characterization of Israel’s Written Law (LHBOTS 451; T&T Clark, 2006)

__________William Symington: Penman of the Scottish Covenanters (with Roy Blackwood; Reformation Heritage Books, 2009)

__________Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms (Christian Focus, 2010)

__________Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One (with Phil Ryken; Crossway, 2011)

__________The Gospel and Sexual Orientation, editor (Crown and Covenant, 2012)

Mickey Klink, The Sheep of the Fold: The Audience and Origin of the Gospel of John, Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 141 (Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback 2010)

__________The Audience of the Gospels: The Origin and Function of the Gospels in Early Christianity, editor, Library of New Testament Studies 353 (T. &. T. Clark, 2010)

__________Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice, co-authored with Darian R. Lockett (Zondervan, 2012)

__________John, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament 4 (Zondervan, 2015)

Preston Sprinkle, Law and Life: The Interpretation of Leviticus 18:5 in Early Judaism and in Paul (WUNT 2.241; Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2008)

__________with Michael F. Bird (eds.), The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies (Paternoster Press; Hendrickson, 2009)

__________with Francis Chan, Erasing Hell: What God Said about Eternity and the Things We Made Up (David C. Cook, 2011)

__________Paul and Judaism Revisited (IVP Academic, 2013)

__________Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence (David C. Cook, 2013)

__________Charis: God’s Scandalous Love for Us (David C. Cook, forthcoming 2014)

__________ (ed.) Hell: Four Views (Zondervan, 2015)

__________ People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue (Zondervan, 2015)

__________ Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2015)

Ryan Jackson, New Creation in Paul’s Letters: A Study of the Historical and Social Setting of a Pauline Concept; Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen Zum Neuen Testament, 2 Reihe (Mohr-Siebeck, 2010).

Scott Hafemann, Paul’s Message and Ministry in Covenant Perspective. Selected Essays (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2015).

__________Suffering and the Spirit.  An Exegetical Study of II Cor. 2:14-3:3 within the Context of the Corinthian Correspondence, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe, Bd. 19, ed. Martin Hengel and Otfried Hofius (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck], 1986)

__________Suffering and Ministry in the Spirit.  Paul’s Defense of his Ministry in 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3 (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990; reprinted, Paternoster Press, 2000

__________Translated:  Peter Stuhlmacher, Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  A Commentary (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994)

__________Paul, Moses, and the History of Israel.  The Letter/Spirit Contrast and the Argument from Scripture in 2 Corinthians 3, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 81, ed. Martin Hengel and Otfried Hofius (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1995.  Also published by Hendrickson Publishing Co., 1996, and Paternoster Press, 2005)

__________Edited:  with J. Ådna and O. Hofius, Evangelium – Schriftauslegung – Kirche.  Festschrift für Peter Stuhlmacher zum 65. Geburtstag, plus a chapter comparing Paul’s theology with that of the Qumran writings (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1997)

__________2 Corinthians, NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan Publishing House, 2000)

__________The God of Promise and the Life of Faith.  Understanding the Heart of the Bible (Crossway Books, 2001)

__________Edited:  Biblical Theology:  Retrospect and Prospect, plus an introduction (Inter-Varsity Press, 2002)

__________Co-edited, with Paul R. House:  Central Themes in Biblical Theology:  Mapping unity in diversity, plus the Introduction and a chapter on “the covenant relationship” (Inter-Varsity Press and Baker Books, 2007)

__________Co-edited, with Mark Elliot, N. T. Wright, and John Frederick, Galatians and Christian Theology, Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul’s Letter, plus a chapter on Luther’s reading of Galatians 3 (Baker Academic, 2014)

Stephen Witmer, Revelation: A 12-Week Study. Knowing the Bible series (Crossway, forthcoming, 2014)

__________Eternity Changes Everything: How to live now in the light of your future, (Good Book Company, February 2014)

__________The Depths of Grace. A Good Book Study Guide to Jonah (The Good Book Company, 2011)

__________Divine Instruction in Early Christianity. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 2d series. J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck, Tübingen, 2008)

Todd Wilson, Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith (Zondervan, 2014)

__________with Gerald Hiestand, Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership (IVP Academic 2016)

__________ with Gerald Hiestand, The Pastor Theologian: Resurrecting an Ancient Vision (Zondervan 2015)

__________Galatians: Gospel-Rooted Living. Preach The Word Series, (Crossway, 2013)

__________Pastors in the Classics: Perspectives on Life in Ministry from World Literature, with Leland Ryken and Philip G. Ryken, (Baker, 2012)

__________The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the Apostle Paul: His Life and Letters. Kregel Pictorial Guide Series, (Kregel, 2011)

__________The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia: Reassessing the Purpose of Galatians. WUNT II/225; (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007)

__________Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of Dr. R. Kent Hughes, edited with Leland Ryken, (Crossway, 2007)

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