God Speaks – An Excerpt from Visual Theology

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We live in a visual culture. Today, people increasingly rely upon visuals to help them understand new and difficult concepts. The rise and stunning popularity of the Internet infographic has given us a new way in which to convey data, concepts and ideas.

Applying a unique blend of writing and infographics, writer Tim Challies and artist Josh Byers have created a fresh, beautiful, and informative presentation of the deepest truths of the Bible. This book will help you see the truth and live the truth. In this excerpt, Challies and Byers get to the core of how a relational God communicates with the relational humans he created. Follow along as the authors unpack this concept using visual graphics and accessible terms.

Visual Theology is available now…

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God’s Freedom – An Excerpt from The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit by Christopher Holmes

Today we continue our study of the third member of the Trinity. In The Holy Spirit, Chris Holmes takes up the questions surrounding the Spirit’s procession and mission with the help of three of the church’s greatest teachers—Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Karl Barth. The following excerpt begins to outline Barth’s contribution to pneumatology. This first book in the New Studies in Dogmatics series is now available from Zondervan Academic. Order your copy today.


Karl Barth is the last major classical interlocutor to feature in our account of the Holy Spirit. As Augustine and Thomas, Barth will not leave us room “for a facile self-dispensation from the burden of metaphysical thought.” This is because of one theological conviction above all else,…

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Theology Award Winners, 2014-2015. Plus an Invitation to Instructors

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Did you know Zondervan Academic partners with colleges, universities, and seminaries to recognize students for outstanding achievement in the study of theology?

To find out how your school can participate in the Zondervan Theology Award program, please contact Joshua Kessler (joshua.kessler@harpercollins.com).

And please join us in congratulating the 2014-2015 winners.

Theology Award Winners, 2014-2015

Baptist Bible Seminary – Matthew Snyder Belmont University – Julia Crone Bethel Seminary – Marina Hannus Brite Divinity School – Nathan Kennedy Calvary Chapel Bible College – Linsi Clain Calvary Theological Seminary – Salvatore M. LaFaso Campbell University – Shawn Austin Holland Carson-Newman University – Alex Carver Central Baptist College – William Wright Central Baptist Theological Seminary – Scott Gamble Colorado Christian University – Alex Siemers Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary – James Preus Concordia University, Wisconsin – Nicholas Gonzalez Concordia University, Ann Arbor – Daniel Wojtowicz…

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[Common Places] Engaging with Kate Sonderegger: On Divine Invisibility

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“The Lord’s style of language”

One of the theologian’s primary tasks is to assist the church in better understanding what Augustine once called, “the Lord’s style of language.” This task is challenging, not because the Lord employs an esoteric angelic language when he speaks to us, but because he uses ordinary human language to speak of extraordinary things: In Holy Scripture, the Lord speaks of God and all things in relation to God. The first volume of Katherine Sonderegger’s Systematic Theology is the product of a theologian well trained in the art of following “the Lord’s style of language.” Therein, Sonderegger offers an account of God’s oneness and perfection that trades upon the correspondence between the Lord’s unique mode of speaking in Holy Scripture and the Lord’s unique mode of being as God.


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[Common Places] Engaging with Kate Sonderegger: Interview (Part 2)

Michael Allen and Scott Swain, editors of Common Places on 3 years ago. Tagged under ,,,.

Sonderegger_Katherine_photo2014The release of a book within a multi-volume systematic theology project makes for a momentous occasion in the world of systematic theology. Over the last few years a number of such projects have launched, none to greater acclaim or worthy of more significant attention than Katherine Sonderegger’s Systematic Theology. In our first post we introduced and began to explore critically the volume on the Doctrine of God, then we posted the first installment of an interview that Scott Swain and Michael Allen had with Kate Sonderegger about her book, her theological approach, and her upcoming volumes. Now we conclude that interview by considering some substantive decisions made in this volume, regarding substance metaphysics, causality language, and scriptural exegesis that spans the whole canon.


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A Taxonomy of the Term – An Excerpt from The Pastor Theologian

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The Pastor-Theologian by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson

In chapter 6 of their recent release The Pastor Theologian, Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson take the opportunity to explain the three categories they refer to as “Pastor Theologian.”


The Pastor Theologian: A Taxonomy

In the previous two chapters, we detailed the negative effects on the church that have come about through the bifurcation of the theologian and the pastor. In sum, this divorce has led to the theological anemia of the church and the ecclesial anemia of theology. What, then, might be the solution to these twin dilemmas?

Our answer, of course, is a recovery of the pastor theologian. The return of theologians to the pastorate addresses the theological anemia that has plagued pastoral ministry since the Enlightenment. This, in turn, provides a vital and now-missing resource for deepening the theological integrity of the people…

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Which Type of Pastor Theologian Are You: Local, Popular, or Ecclesial?

Jeremy Bouma on 3 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

The Pastor-Theologian by Gerald Hiestand and Todd WilsonIn their new book Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson have identified one of the more important crises of our day: the divorce of the theologian and the pastor. The result is theological and ecclesial anemia.

Their book offers an ancient antidote. It resurrects a vision for the ministerial vocation that’s theologically engaged yet pastoral in essence: the Pastor Theologian.

What is a pastor theologian, you ask? Every pastor is their congregation’s primary theologian. And all pastors are called to provide theological leadership. Yet there are “those within pastoral community who have unique theological interests and gifting.” (80)

These are whom Hiestand and Wilson have in mind. They engage with theology for the sake of their local church. They also construct and disseminate…

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5 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Academic Friend

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If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, there's good news and bad news.

The bad news: You have less than five days to find a gift.

The good news: You'll find more than one good gift suggestion before this post ends.

We know what you're thinking: "You don't understand. The person I'm buying for has very niche interests, so they're really hard to buy for!"

We've got you covered.

Read on.

1. Gift an eBook from our Holiday Sale

Did you know you can send an eBook to arrive Christmas morning? (Find a brief tutorial below.) Now is a great time to order, because we're selling new and classic eBooks starting at $2.99.


The Holiday eBook Deal includes:

Michael Bird's Evangelical Theology for $7.99…

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Giveaway — Theologian Trading Cards, and Bonus Theology Baseball Game

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UPDATE 10/18/13: Aaron Sperry is our winner this time around. He said he'd join the St. James Padres because "I enjoy the study and practice of early Judaisms, specifically how the Apostles practiced following the advent of the Messiah." Thanks to everyone who participated. Now play ball—or, rather, Theology Baseball!

When I was 10 or 11 I'd peddle my bike down to the local baseball card shop with chore money in tote, to pick up a few packets of cards featuring the latest and greatest baseball players—like Jose Canseco, Derek Jeter, and, of course, Mark McGuire and Roger Clemens—in their pre-Congressional hearing days.

Once I got home I'd tear open the packets, ooh and ahh over the glossy cards,…

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The Ehrman Project – Explaining not Attacking

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I have to admit when I first heard about a project to address the works of Bart Ehrman I was a bit wary. There are more than enough attack blogs out there. The vitriol from them isn’t helping to do anything but shut down real dialogue, and make those who already agree with the blogger feel more secure in their rightness. 

The Ehrman Project isn’t like that though. It’s not about attacking professor Ehrman, in fact it’s quite complementary towards him as a person and a scholar. Instead it offers a counterpoint to the influential arguments that Ehrman has presented about textual criticism, the history of the Church, and the problem of evil.

Scholars such as D.A. Carson, Alvin Plantinga, and Ben Witherington have contributed videos and texts that take these issues and present another way…

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Wednesday Giveaway (Thanksgiving Edition) – Keller and Wright DVDs

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RFG DVD A Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers (and a delayed one to our Northern neighbors).

This week we have something of a special giveaway. Two of our more recent products are a pair of DVD sessions based on The Reason for God by Tim Keller and Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, and as we head into Thanksgiving our two winners will receive both the DVD series of their choice and the accompanying participants guide.

In The Reason for God pastor and author Timothy Keller meets with a group of people over six sessions to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, real-life experiences, and the Bible, Keller and the…

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