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(p. xi) Contributors

(p. xi) Contributors

William J. Abraham is the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Theology and Wesley Studies and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He is the co-editor (with James E. Kirby) of The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies. His most recent publications include Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation and Athens and Aldersgate: John Wesley and the Foundations of Christian Belief.

Henri A. G. Blocher has taught theology at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique (Vaux-sur-Seine, France) since its foundation in 1965, and held the Gunther Knoedler chair of Systematic Theology at the Wheaton College Graduate School from 2003 to 2008. From 2002 to 2008 he was president of the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (2002–2008). His last book in English was Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle.

Donald G. Bloesch is Professor of Theology Emeritus at Dubuque (Iowa) Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old & New, Freedom for Obedience, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, the now completed seven-volume Christian Foundations series, and his ongoing spiritual journal, Theological Notebook (four volumes thus far). He has been widely recognized as a prophetic voice in evangelicalism. He received the PhD degree in theology from the University of Chicago and has done postdoctoral study at the universities of Oxford, Basel, and Tübingen. He is a past president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

Darrell L. Bock is Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. His special fields of study involve hermeneutics, Jesus, the gospels, and the relationship of culture to Christianity. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (PhD). He engaged in postdoctoral study at the University of Tübingen as an Alexander von Humboldt scholar, where he authored Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism and the Final Examination of Jesus. He is editor at large for Christianity Today and served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society for the year 2000–2001.

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas) (PhD, University of Sheffield) is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary. Prior to his appointment, he was professor of Old Testament and ethics and director of graduate studies at El (p. xii) Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he remains an adjunct professor. Dr. Carroll is the founder of IDEAL, an Hispanic training program at Denver Seminary. He publishes in English and Spanish-language journals, has authored two books on Amos, and edited several books on Old Testament ethics. His latest book is Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible.

Simon Chan (PhD, Cambridge) is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God and Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. His professional interest has been in the relationship of theology, spirituality and the liturgy. His publications include Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life, and Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshipping Community. He is currently a consulting editor of the Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.

Sung Wook Chung (DPhil, Oxford University) is Associate Professor of Theology at Denver Seminary, Colorado. He earned a DPhil from the University of Oxford and an MDiv from Harvard University. He has authored Admiration and Challenge: Karl Barth's Theological Relationship with John Calvin, and edited Alister McGrath and Evangelical Theology: A Dynamic Engagement; Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ; Karl Barth and Evangelical Theology: Convergences and Divergences; John Calvin and Evangelical Theology: Legacy and Prospect; and with Dr. Craig Blomberg, A Case for Historic Premillennialism.

Oliver Crisp is Reader in Theology at the University of Bristol, UK. He specializes in philosophical theology. His recent publications include Divinity and Humanity: The Incarnation Reconsidered; Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology, co-edited with Michael Rea; and God Incarnate: Explorations in Christology.

Robert A. J. Gagnon is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has a BA degree from Dartmouth College, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics; co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views; and, as a service to the church, provides a large amount of free material on the Web dealing with Scripture and homosexuality at In addition, he has published scholarly articles in such journals as Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, and Novum Testamentum.

Eric Gregory is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He is author of Politics & The Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship, and various essays on topics in theology, moral and political philosophy, bioethics, and the role of religion in public life. A graduate of Harvard College, he did graduate (p. xiii) studies in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and received his doctorate in religious studies from Yale University. In 2007, he was awarded Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Trevor A. Hart is Professor of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He teaches and publishes in Christian doctrine and systematic theology, and is the author of a number of books, including The Waiting Father: Thomas Erskine of Linlathen; Justice the True and Only Mercy: Essays on the Life and Theology of Peter Taylor Forsyth; Faith Thinking: The Dynamics of Christian Theology; Hope against Hope: Christian Eschatology in Contemporary Context (with Richard Bauckham); and Regarding Karl Barth: Toward a Reading of His Theology.

Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is Professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. He has authored many articles and fourteen books, including three commentaries that have won awards, one of which has sold half a million copies. His works include major academic commentaries on Matthew, John, other commentaries on Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, Revelation, and New Testament background. Among his other works are The Spirit in the Gospels and Acts and Gift & Giver. He is married to Dr. Medine Moussounga Keener, from Congo, Central Africa.

Robert Letham (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Senior Tutor in systematic and historical theology at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology. A Presbyterian minister—senior minister for seventeen years in Wilmington, Delaware—he has taught at London School of Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, and Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. He has written the following books: The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship (winner of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Award), The Work of Christ; Reformed Dogmatics 1523–1619; Through Western Eyes; The Lord's Supper; and The Westminster Assembly: Reading Its Theology in Historical Context.

Roger Lundin is the Blanchard Professor of English at Wheaton College (Illinois). He has written and edited ten books, including Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in A Secular Age; Invisible Conversations: Religion in the Literature of America; and Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief. He has been a visiting professor at Calvin College, Regent College, and the University of Notre Dame, and has received major research fellowships from the Erasmus Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Evangelical Scholarship Initiative. Lundin has an MA in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and earned his MA and PhD in English at the University of Connecticut.

John Lunn is the Robert W. Haack Professor of Economics at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He taught previously at Louisiana State University, and Miami (p. xiv) University (Ohio). He earned his doctorate at UCLA, specializing in industrial organization. Currently, he is studying the causes of the recent economic crisis. He is also working on a book-length manuscript of why many theologians do not like market systems. He has published in a number of scholarly journals, including European Economic Review, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Industrial Economics, Christian Scholars' Review, and Journal of Religious Ethics.

Michael McClymond, Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, was educated at Northwestern, Yale, and the University of Chicago. He has held teaching and research appointments at Wheaton and Westmont Colleges, U.C. San Diego, and Emory University. His books include Encounters with God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edward; Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth; the Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America; and Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism.

Gerald McDermott is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He has written or co-authored twelve books, including Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods; One Holy and Happy Society; God's Rivals; Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?; Evangelicals and Mormons: Exploring the Boundaries; The Great Theologians: A Brief Guide; and The Theology of Jonathan Edwards.

Scot McKnight is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. His publications include Turning to Jesus, Finding Faith, Losing Faith, and A Community Called Atonement. This award-winning author maintains a full speaking and lecturing schedule at both the national and international levels.

Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, London, and Director of its Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture. He served for many years as Oxford University's Professor of Historical Theology before moving to London, and also as Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, one of British evangelicalism's premier institutions of theological education. His recent books include The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology; A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology; and Heresy: A History of Defending the Faith, as well as numerous widely used theological textbooks.

C. Ben Mitchell is Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Tennessee and editor of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics. He taught bioethics and contemporary culture for a decade at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he was also director of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity from 2006–2008. He received his doctorate in philosophy (p. xv) with a concentration in medical ethics (with honors) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, including a year-long clinical residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, Vanderbilt Medical Center, and the East Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

Mark Noll is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the co-editor of Evangelicalism: Comparative Studies of Popular Protestantism in North America, the British Isles, and Beyond, 1700–1990, as well as author of American Evangelical Christianity: An Introduction, and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.

Cherith Fee Nordling is a North American who loves the Church around the world and through the ages. She has taught on the theology faculty of Wheaton College, Regent College, Kuyper College, Calvin College, and Calvin Theological Seminary. She holds graduate degrees in counseling psychology from Notre Dame de Namur (Belmont, Cal.) and in theology from Regent College (Vancouver, B.C.). She wrote her doctorate in systematic theology under Alan Torrance at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). Her theological areas of interest include early and contemporary Trinitarian theology, theological anthropology, the Holy Spirit in the Church, and worship.

Ephraim Radner (PhD, Yale University) is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto, an evangelical seminary of the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto. He is the author and editor of several books on ecclesiology and on Bible, including The End of the Church, Spirit and Nature, Hope Among the Fragments, Leviticus, and The World in the Shadow of God. A former church worker in Burundi, he has been active in the affairs of the global Anglican Communion.

Gordon T. Smith is the president of reSource Leadership International, an agency fostering excellence in theological education in the developing world. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of a number of publications, including Beginning Well: Christian Conversion and Authentic Transformation; The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit; and Transforming Conversion: ReThinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation.

Howard A. Snyder serves as professor in the Chair of Wesley Studies at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Previously he served for ten years as professor of the history and theology of mission in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Howard and his family were missionaries in Brazil with the Free Methodist Church, 1968–1975, and he has taught and pastored in Detroit and Chicago. He was professor of church revitalization at United Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, 1988–1996. (p. xvi) Professor Snyder's books include The Problem of Wineskins, The Community of the King, Liberating the Church, and Models of the Kingdom.

John Stackhouse (PhD, Chicago) holds the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and Culture at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of more than 500 articles and reviews and seven books in the history, philosophy, sociology, and theology of Christianity. He also has edited four volumes of evangelical theology. His most recent books are Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World, and Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil. He is currently at work on a Christian epistemology.

Timothy Tseng is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity and teaches Asian Religion at the University of San Francisco. Tim has served as faculty at Denver Seminary, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and the Graduate Theological Union, where he was Associate Professor of American Religious History. He has written articles for several journals and has contributed chapters to Realizing the America of Our Hearts: Theological Voices of Asian Americans; Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America; Women and Twentieth-Century Protestants; The Social Gospel Today; and New Spiritual Homes: Religion and Asian Americans.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (PhD, Cambridge) is currently Blanchard Professor of Theology at the Wheaton College Graduate School. Previously he was Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1998–2009) and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1990–98). He is the author of five books, including The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology and Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship, and editor of ten more, including the Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible.

Rikk Watts (PhD, Cambridge) is Professor of New Testament at Regent College and Chair of the Mark Group at SBL. A regular presenter at academic conferences, he has published several books, including Isaiah's New Exodus in Mark and a commentary on the OT in Mark, various essays, journal and dictionary articles, and reviews, some of which have been translated into other languages. His primary interests include biblical intertextuality, Gospels, Isaiah, intertestamental Scriptural interpretation, hermeneutics, and historiography. Current projects include a volume on Jesus' mighty deeds and Christology, a commentary on Mark, and a primer on biblical theology as God's transformational rhetoric.

Loren Wilkinson is Professor of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at Regent College in Vancouver. Most of his academic and popular publications—most notably Earthkeeping in the 90's: The Stewardship of Creation—have been concerned with recovering the Christian doctrine of creation as a resource for our (p. xvii) contemporary life. Wilkinson has master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a doctorate in Humanities from Syracuse University.

Dallas Willard is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, where he has taught since 1965. He received his doctorate in philosophy and the history of science from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1964, and taught there the following year. He has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984). In addition to work in philosophy, he writes and speaks in the area of Christian thought, and especially as it concerns spiritual formation. His most recent book is Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge. Professor Willard's Web site is

John D. Witvliet is Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and teaches worship, theology, and music at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship, Worship Seeking Understanding, and co-editor of Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe and The Worship Sourcebook. He holds graduate degrees in theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, in choral music from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame.

W. Jay Wood (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is Professor of Philosophy, and current Chair, at Wheaton College. His chief areas of academic interest are epistemology and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous and has recently co-authored, with Robert C. Roberts, Intellectual Virtues: An Essay in Regulative Epistemology.