Converging Horizons: Essays in Religion, Psychology, and Caregiving is now available

ConvergingHorizons-booksMy new book is now available in both paper and e-book formats. Of interest to ministers, chaplains, pastoral counselors, and social workers, the essays in this book focus on human experiences, needs, or concerns that relate to matters of mental health and religious faith or spirituality. Converging Horizons demonstrates approaches to integrative work that draws on multiple fields of theory and practice in service to the goal of providing a range of caregivers with ways to both conceptualize and engage their important work.

 

Theology in Service to the Church: Global and Ecumenical Perspectives List of Contributors and Essays

Cole-TheologyInServiceToTheChurch-(2)My new book will be off press in the spring. What follows is the list of contributors and titles of their essays.

Description

As a global religion with growing numbers of expressions, Christianity calls for deepening relationships across traditions while also formulating collaborative visions. A thriving church will require Christians from various traditions and varying trajectories to become familiar with one another, appreciate one another, and work in common service to God in Jesus Christ.

In this book, a group of thirteen distinguished scholars from around the world and representing a range of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant perspectives demonstrate how theological reflection and broad-based ecumenical conversations may service the church. Reflecting on numerous salient matters facing the global church, these scholars model what may be accomplished in ecumenical conversations that recognize the gifts that come with unity across diversity among those who seek to be faithful to Jesus Christ.

Historical, Doctrinal, and Philosophical Theology

Marcus Plested
University of Cambridge, England
“Reflections on the Reception of the Church Fathers in the Contemporary Context”

George Hunsinger
Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
“Justification: 94 Theses”

Arie Molendijk
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
“Theology Unbound: The Fading Away of a Classical Discipline”

Olli-Pekka Vainio
University of Helsinki, Finland
“Understanding Religious Disagreements”

Constructive and Public Theology

Paul Lakeland
Fairfield University, USA
“Knowing Our Place(s): The Ecclesial Role(s) of the Theologian”

Amy Plantinga Pauw
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA
“Two Cheers for Denominationalism”

David H. Jensen
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA            
“Karl Rahner’s Ecumenism and the Challenge for Today”

Cynthia Rigby
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA
“Knowing Our Limits and Laughing with Joy: Theology in Service to the Church Invisible”

David Tombs
Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Ireland
“Sexual Ethics and the Scandal of the Cross”

Nico Koopman
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
“Theology and the Public Role of Churches in South Africa Today: Insights from the Confession of the Threefold Offices of Christ”

Pastoral Theology

Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger
Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
“Members of One Another: Building a Restorative Church”

Hetty Zock
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
“A Post-secular Theology of Compassion: The Moral-Spiritual and Psychological Underpinning of ‘Good Care'””

Allan Hugh Cole Jr.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA
“A Call to Confession: What Protestant Christians May Learn from Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians”

Advance Praise for My Forthcoming Book, Theology in Service to the Church: Global and Ecumenical Perspectives

Cole-TheologyInServiceToTheChurch-(2)Description of the book

As a global religion with growing numbers of expressions, Christianity calls for deepening relationships across traditions while also formulating collaborative visions. A thriving church will require Christians from various traditions and varying trajectories to become familiar with one another, appreciate one another, and work in common service to God in Jesus Christ.

In this book, a group of thirteen distinguished scholars from around the world and representing a range of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant perspectives demonstrate how theological reflection and broad-based ecumenical conversations may service the church. Reflecting on numerous salient matters facing the global church, these scholars model what may be accomplished in ecumenical conversations that recognize the gifts that come with unity across diversity among those who seek to be faithful to Jesus Christ.

“An exceedingly talented group of thinkers here reflects on how theology can be of service to the church. The result is a deeply thoughtful and provocative volume, with a marked and welcome accent on the continuing importance of ecumenism. These arresting essays display how serious theological investigation illuminates both the nature of the church and the role of the contemporary Christian within it.”

THOMAS G. GUARINO, Seton Hall University, New Jersey

“Ambitious in scope and subject, this volume brings into conversation voices from around the world and beyond boundaries of faith tradition. These Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theologians model a scholarship that pursues high aspirations with a spirit of humility and charity.”

CYNTHIA BRIGGS KITTREDGE, Seminary of the Southwest, Texas

New Review of FATHERS IN FAITH

Fathers in Faith: Reflections on Parenthood and A Christian Life (Cascade 2013) has been reviewed in a recent issue of The Presbyterian Outlook.Cole.FathersinFaith.70693 http://pres-outlook.org/reviews3/book-reviews3/19155-book-review–fathers-in-faith-reflections-on-parenthood-and-a-christian-life.html

Philip Yancey Endorses A Spiritual Life: Perspectives from Poets, Prophets, and Preachers

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Author Philip Yancey says of A Spiritual Life, “Don’t look for a traditional approach to faith or a unified voice in this diverse collection. You can, however, count on graceful prose and an honest, reflective search — and that, I found, was enough to make my own pilgrimage seem more authentic and less lonely.”

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