With Sanctified by Grace Kyle and I have in mind a vexing challenge for contemporary theology: the hyper-specialization of the academy which causes divisions unnatural to theology, such as between mind and heart, belief and action, dogmatics and spirituality, etc. Spirituality, the Christian life and Christian practice are all relegated to other disciplines and no longer flow from and speak back (prophetically) into theology. Rather than recognizing the death of spirituality when it is divorced from theology (and vice versa), the modern academy baptizes this separation with academic programs and books in which theology and spirituality rarely collide (let alone mutually influence).
In a modest way we hope the book addresses these temptations by providing a theological account of the Christian life in which doctrine and life, confession and practice are held together in the divine economy of grace. The approach is straightforwardly doctrinal – focusing the life of the Christian on the triune God who creates, elects, calls and redeems.
Part One—The Gracious One
1. The Triune God • Fred Sanders
2. The Electing God • Suzanne McDonald
3. The Creating and Providential God • Katherine Sonderegger
4. The Saving God • Ian McFarland
5. The Perfecting God • Christopher Holmes
Part Two—The Graces of the Christian Life
6. Reconciliation and Justification • John Burgess
7. Redemption and Victory • Christiaan Mostert
8. Communion with Christ • John Webster
Part Three—The Means of Grace
9. Scripture • Donald Wood
10. Church and Sacraments • Tom Greggs
Part Four—The Practices of Grace
11. Discipleship • Philip Ziegler
12. Prayer • Ashley Cocksworth
13. Theology • Ellen Charry
14. Preaching • William Willimon
15. Forgiveness & Reconciliation • D. Stephen Long
Though we did not edit the book specifically for classrooms (a publishing practice I sometimes despair over), we nonetheless hoped it will be a natural fit for courses in Systematic Theology, Practical theology, Spiritual theology, and those more narrowly focused on Ecclesiology or the Christian Life (such as the one I teach at HU).