Volume 3.1


The essays in this volume of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology are drawn from the papers presented at the October 2014 and June 2015 theological symposia hosted by the Center for Pastor Theologians. These two symposia brought together evangelical clergy from across denominational lines, with a view to exploring the topics of liturgy, discipleship, and spiritual formation—primarily through an interaction with James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom. Contributors to this volume include: Dave Morlan, Dan Brendsel, Jeremy Mann, Ryan Jackson, Joel Willitts, Joseph Sherrard, and Matt Ward. Book reviews in this volume likewise focus on works associated with the theme of liturgy and spiritual formation.


“A Review of James K. A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies Series” — David S. Morlan

“A Tale of Two Calendars: Calendars, Compassion, Liturgical Formation, and the Presence of the Holy Spirit” — Daniel J. Brendsel

“Preaching, Spiritual Formation, and the Figural Interpretation of Scripture” — Jeremy Mann

“A Pauline Strategies for Challenging Cultural Liturgies: Making Corinthian Disciples” — Ryan Jackson

“Following the ‘Man of Sorrows’ — Jesus’ Path toward Open Heartedness: A Reflection on Embodiedment and the Practice of Lament” — Joel Willitts

“The Way Up is Down: Charles Taylor, John Calvin, and Sacramental Worship in a ‘Secular Age'” — Joseph Sherrard

“Kingdom Worship: James K. A. Smith, Robert Webber, and Western Civilization” — Matthew Ward


R. Kent Huges and Douglas S. O’Donnell. The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry — Chris Castaldo

Bryan Chapell. Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape our Practice — Joshua Philpot

Trygve David Johnson. The Preacher as Liturgical Artist: Metaphor, Identity, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ — Benjamin D. Espinoza

Marva J. Dawn. Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time — Ed Gerber

Marva J. Dawn. A Royal Waste of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World— Ed Gerber

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Life Together — Todd Hardin

Graham Greene. The End of the Affair — Gerald Hiestand

Melanie C. Ross. Evangelical versus Liturgical? Defying a Dichotomy — Jonathan Huggins

Charles Taylor. Modern Social Imaginaries — Jarrod Longbons

Bob Kauflin. Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God — Jason A. Nicholls

Nigel Yates. Liturgical Space: Christian Worship and Church Buildings in Western Europe — James McCullough

Mark Galli. Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy — Gary L. Shultz, Jr.

Robert E. Webber. Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community; Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelical for a Protestant World; Ancient-Future Time: Forming Spirituality through the Christian Year; Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative; The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life — Matthew Ward

Walker Percy. Love in the Ruins — Stephen Witmer

Alan Jacobs. The Book of Common Prayer — John Yates III