The Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology


The Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology is published bi-annually by the Center for Pastor Theologians. The essays contained within the Bulletin are drawn from the papers presented at the Center’sl 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.

Views of the contributors are their own, and not necessarily endorsed by the editorial staff or the Center. The Bulletin does not accept essay contributions outside the Center’s four pastoral fellowships.

Print editions of the Bulletin are available for purchase on Amazon. Free digital downloads of Bulletin essays are available below. Indexing available in Christian Periodical Index, owned by the Association of Christian Librarians and produced by EBSCOHost.

Current Volume

Essays on the Doctrine of Creation
Volume 4.2 | October 2017

The essays in this second issue of the fourth volume of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology are drawn from papers read at theological symposia in August 2015, October 2015, and June 2016 hosted by the Center For Pastor Theologians in Oak Park, IL. These meeting brought together clergy from various denominational backgrounds within the evangelical Christian tradition to discuss and explore the timely question of the relationship between faith and science. Essay contributors in the issue include Jarrod Longbons, Jeremy Mann, Matthew Mason, and Ben Espinoza. Book reviews in this issue will feature recent publications by fellows of the Center For Pastor Theologians.


"I Seen a Better World": Theology's Gift to Ecology" –– Jarrod M. Longbons

"Sacramental Ontology and Calvin: Toward a Re-enchanted World" –– Jeremy Mann

"The Authority of the Body: Discovering Natural Manhood and Womanhood" –– Matthew Mason

"Faith, Science, and Ecclesial Culture: Engaging STEM Professionals in the Life of the Church" –– Benjamin D. Espinoza

"A Consecrated Cosmos? First Timothy 4:1–5 in Exegetical and Theological Perspective" –– Jeremy Mann


J. Ryan Davidson. A Covenant Feast: Reflections on the Lord's Table –– Chris Bruno

Chris Bruno. The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words –– Benjamin D. Espinoza

Edward H Gerber. The Scriptural Tale in the Fourth Gospel: With Particular Reference to the Prologue and a Syncretic (Oral and Written) Poetics –– Douglas Estes

Chris Castaldo. Justified in Christ: The Doctrines of Peter Martyr Vermigli and John Henry Newman and their Ecumenical Implications –– Rev. Jonathan Huggins

Douglas Estes and Ruth Sheridan, eds. How John Works: Storytelling in the Fourth Gospel –– Ed Gerber

Douglas A. Sweeney. Edward the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment –– Edward W. Klink III

Jeff Hubing. Crucifixion and New Creation: The Strategic Purpose of Galatians 6:11–17 –– Matt O'Reilly

Greg Allison and Chris Castaldo: The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants after 500 Years –– Cory Wilson

Edward W. Klink. John –– Stephen Witmer 

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