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’s 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 models 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 theology after darwin
Volume 6.1 | June 2019

The essays in this first volume of the sixth issue of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology are drawn from papers read at theological symposia in August 2017, October 2017, March 2018, and June 2018 hosted by the Center for Pastor Theologians in Oak Park, Illinois. These meetings brought together clergy from various denominational backgrounds within the evangelical Christian tradition to explore the contemporary theological and ecclesial implications of doing theological and biblical studies in a post-Darwinian world. Essay contributors in this issue include Nathan Barczi, J. Ryan Davidson, Douglas Estes, Gerald Hiestand, Jeremy Mann, and Zachary Wagner. Book reviews in this issue relate to various theological and biblical topics extending beyond the thematic focus of the essays themselves.


"And Behold It Was Very Good: St. Irenaeus’ Doctrine of Creation" –– Gerald Hiestand

"Barth, Mozart, and the Shadow-Side of Creation" –– Nathan Barczi

"Learning from John Milbank’s Approach to Creation and Evolution" –– Jeremy Mann

"Nicaea and Chalcedon After Modern Christologies: Herman Bavinck as Exemplar in Engaging Christological Developments" –– J. Ryan Davidson

"Sin and the Cyborg: On the (Im)Peccabbility of the Posthuman” –– Douglas Estes

"Narratives in Dialogue: The Interplay between Evolutionary History and Christian Theology” –– Zachary Wagner


Jeffrey D. Arthurs. Preaching as Reminding: Stirring Memory in an Age of Forgetfulness –– Gary L. Shultz Jr.

Knut Alfsvag, Christology as Critique: On the Relation Between Christ, Creation, and Epistemology –– John D. Koch Jr.

Olli-Pekka Vainio. Cosmology in Theological Perspective: Understanding Our Place in the Universe –– John D. Koch Jr.

Theodore P. Letis. The Ecclesiastical Text: Text Criticism, Biblical Authority, and the Popular Mind. –– J. Ryan Davidson

B.M. Pietsch. Dispensational Modernism –– Joseph T. Cochran

Hans Boersma. Sacramental Preaching: Sermons on the Hidden Presence of Christ –– Chris Bruno

Stephen Greenblatt. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve –– Benjamin J. Petroelje

J.P. Moreland. Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Idealogy –– Kiem Le

Phillip D. R. Griffiths. Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Perspective –– Jon English Lee

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