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A Theology for the Church, Revised Edition

Edited By: Daniel L. Akin
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The revised edition of A Theology for the Church retains its original structure, organized under these traditional theological categories: revelation, God, humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.

Each chapter within these sections contains answers to the following four questions: What does the Bible say? What has the church believed? How does it all fit together? How does this doctrine impact the church today?

Contributions from leading Baptist thinkers R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Paige Patterson, and Mark Dever among others will also appeal to the broader evangelical community. Included in this revision are new chapters on theological method from a missional perspective (Bruce Ashford and Keith Whitfield) and theology of creation, providence, and Sabbath that engages current research in science and philosophy (Chad Owen Brand). Chapters on special revelation (David Dockery) and human nature (John Hammett) have also been updated.

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Number of Pages: 770
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2014
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Daniel L. Akin is the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington and has authored or edited many books and Bible commentaries including Ten Who Changed the World and the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary volumes on Mark and 1, 2, 3 John.

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  1. Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Textbook on Theology
    July 1, 2016
    roymilner2001
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I bought this textbook to use while taking an online course in theology. The book itself is great! The chapters are laid out to answer basic questions of what the bible says and why we believe and why it matters what we believe. I recommend this book to anyone who has interest in any aspect of Christian theology. All the chapters are written by different authors, but all write in easy to understand English. I don't think I've seen a better theology textbook anywhere.
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    Well-Written and Refreshingly Practical
    February 27, 2016
    John M Kight
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    A Theology for the Church edited by Daniel L. Akin has been a unique contribution to the field of systematic theology since it was originally published in 2007. This revised edition preserves the original structure and organization of the previous edition. The book is divided into the eight major theology sections generally characterizing systematic theologyRevelation, God, Humanity, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Salvation, the Church, and the Last Thingswith fourteen chapters therein. Furthermore, two additional chapters have been addedTheological Method: An Introduction to the Task of Theology by Bruce Ashford and Keith Whitfield (Ch. 1) and The Work of God: Creation and Providence by Chad Owen Brand (Ch. 5)and revisions have also been made to the chapter on Special Revelation by David S. Dockery (Ch. 3) and Human Nature by John S. Hammett (Ch. 7).

    One of the most unique aspects of A Theology for the Church that the reader will immediately recognize is the number of participants involved. This is unusual for this type of work, but very well executed. The contributors to this volume include prominent Southern Baptist figures, such as R. Albert Mohler Jr., Paige Patterson, Mark E. Dever, Russell D. Moore, Daniel L. Akin, Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Timothy George, and many more. Each contributor writes in particular areas of expertise and interest, making the combined effort well worth the investment. Apart from the various contributors that make up the volume, the reader will also benefit from the unique fourfold execution of each of the chapters: (1) What does the Bible say? (2) What has the Church believed? (3) How does it all fit together? and (4) How does it impact the Church today? This approach to systematic theology helpfully provides the reader with exposure to other theological disciplines, including historical theology, biblical theology and practical theology.

    While A Theology for the Church is certainly well-situated for use across denominational lines, it is a systematic theology text firmly established within the Southern Baptist tradition. Therefore, some doctrinal disagreement will be inevitable for the non-Southern Baptist. Of course, this should be anticipated with almost any systematic theology textespecially if you are reading it with differing theological lenses. Still, I found the interaction throughout to be evenhanded and consistent. Although I found that some of the chapters were better presented than others. One major disappointment was the lack of a for further reading section at the close of each chapter. This would have been a helpful addition to the volume, especially given the Southern Baptist focus therein. The addition of study questions at the conclusion of the chapters would have also been a good addition.

    A Theology for the Church edited by Daniel L. Akin is a well-researched, historically helpful, and practically significant masterpiece of systematic theology. From the contribution roster to the intentional execution of each individual chapter, the reader is carefully guided through the rough trenches of systematic theology from beginning to end with ecclesiastical care. While a plethora of systematic theology options may be available on the market today, including a number of well-known Southern Baptist options, for the reasons outlined above (and more), I believe that A Theology for the Church has rightly demonstrated itself as one of the best. If youre interested in a well-written and refreshingly practical engagement from a Southern Baptist perspective, then look no further. This volume comes highly recommended and will be used often.

    I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    October 9, 2015
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    This review was written for A Theology for the Church / Revised - eBook.
    If Pastors would only start preaching the Word like this oh the glory of church would shine once again would encourage all pastors teachers even college professors to buy this book and slowly and prayerfully read this book and start that verse by verse word by word preaching the change it would it would do in your life and your flock, highly recommend it. I get nothing out of it but the Joy of recommending this book CJ
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    great title , makes all the sense that book itself makes .
    September 29, 2015
    Allen Rinks
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    This is one volume that any serious student of scripture should own . Don't let the name Baptist sway you , this book is biblical theology therefore it is church theology , get one you want regret I promise . and by the way I am a Baptist and at the same time I am a christian one that studies God's word and honors it by making sure that what I give my time to its worth it, like this book . sincerely Allen R.
  5. West Union, OH
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding Resource!
    January 14, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
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    Age: 35-44
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    Quality: 5
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    A Theology Of The Church, Revised Edition, edited by Daniel Akin and published by B & H Publishers, is a fine volume that no Baptist pastor can afford to be without. Sadly, I missed the original edition, but am glad to possess this revised edition.

    This book is not so consumed with Baptist thought that it cant on its own two feet as a quality systematic theologyit stands well. What it adds is that extra few pages in each section on how Baptists in particular have wrestled with that doctrine. I find that invaluable and something that can be found no where else.

    Each chapter is written by a different Baptist theologian, and as is the common problem of such a setup, there isnt always complete consensus. Still, that is no difficulty because the editor must have strictly enforced the notion of being kind and fair to other viewpoints, particularly other common viewpoints. There is variety in Baptist thought and this succeeds at being helpful to all. In fact, I believe even one not a Baptist would love this volume.

    I must call out for special recognition the chapter by Kenneth Keathley on the Doctrine of Salvation. Since you may have guessed the possible bias, I will admit that I agree with his conclusions. Still, he so deftly defines issues and the points of debate. He confesses weaknesses in every viewpoint, including his own. He was charitable to all and I believe no matter your viewpoint you should read this chapter.

    I did not read every page in reviewing this book, but took care to read enough to get a feel for what it taught. The chapter on Human Nature was another favorite. The chapter on Eschatology was less of what I expected ( he seemed to assume we started with a basic position and understood the main ones), but still gave wonderful material needed to grasp this issue in our day. Albert Mohlers charge to the volumes most likely userspastorswas spot on too.

    This volume is a new favorite for me.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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