Kent Eilers – I am associate professor of theology at Huntington University and teach classes in systematic theology, ethics, the Bible, and contemporary Christian thought (PhD, King’s College, University of Aberdeen). My scholarship has been occupied for some time with a few ongoing projects. My doctoral research was on Wolfhart Pannenberg, and I had the good privilege of developing that work into a book, Faithful to Save: Pannenberg on God’s Reconciling Action. A few essays on Pannenberg have trickled out since, but I am not planning any new work on him at this point (that may change). In another direction, I have been working for several years on a coauthored book which explores theological retrieval, how the Christian tradition functions within contemporary theology. I am very encouraged about this book, Theology as Retrieval: Receiving the Past, Renewing the Church, and happy to say it will be available soon (IVP Academic). I have also just completed a project with Kyle (from this blog). Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian life was an exciting collaboration and includes a stellar list of contributors (you can order it here). Much in the vein of both these books I am now working on an anthology on the doctrine of the Christian life from across the Christian tradition; putting theology as retrieval to work for the church’s thinking about Christian existence. I will keep you posted as that book takes shape. You may have also noticed that for the last couple years I have been mulling over the relationship between the virtue tradition and pedagogy. Several posts on teaching touch on it in one way or another. If you interested to learn more, I published an essay on it here and a couple more essays of mine on it appeared in the journal Teaching Theology and Religion.
Faithful to Save:Pannenberg on God’s Reconciling Action is an exposition and analysis of the central place and comprehensive character of the doctrine of reconciliation in Pannenberg’s mature theology.
“This study of the work of one of the foremost theologians of the 20th century breaks new ground. The author offers us a subtle and perceptive reading of Pannenberg, which further consolidates his reputation as a theologian of the first rank and, in the process, clears up not a few misunderstandings. This book has provided me, a long-time reader of Pannenberg, with scores of new insights.” Christiaan Mostert, United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia.
Kyle Strobel – I am an assistant professor of spiritual theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. I completed my PhD at King’s College, University of Aberdeen, writing on Jonathan Edward’s Trinitarian Theology of Redemption. Prior to focusing on systematic theology I spent much of my time studying philosophy, New Testament, and Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology. I have recently completed the volume Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian life with Kent, which is an introduction to systematic theology with an eye toward the Christian life (you can order it here). This volume is, as best as I can tell, unique among theology texts, as it is a shared venture in Christian dogmatics with a focus on practices that has a distinctively spiritual focus to it. I have also co-edited the volume, Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals, which provides an history, theological and interpretive approach to reading the classic texts of the Christian tradition.
My research interests revolve around spirituality and theology, method, Jonathan Edwards studies, trinitarian theology and christology. I am currently working on a multi-book project on Jonathan Edwards, which I am calling The Jonathan Edwards Project (because I like creative names).
My dissertation-turned monograph is entitled Jonathan Edwards’s Theology: A Reinterpretation. This volume offers a dogmatic exposition of Edwards’s theology by unveiling the trinitarian architecture of his thought. Building upon this analysis, I apply my proposal to re-examine three key areas of redemption debated widely in the secondary literature: spiritual knowledge, regeneration, and religious affection.By grounding the interpretive key in Edwards’s understanding of the Trinity, the book’s idiosyncratic exposition of his doctrine of the Trinity serves to recast Edwards’s theology in a new light.
Steve Duby – I am an online full-time faculty member at Grand Canyon University, where I teach courses on the Christian worldview. My PhD at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews focused on the doctrine of divine simplicity. I am especially interested in theology proper, including the knowledge of God, the divine perfections, and the Trinity. Other areas of interest include the doctrines of Scripture, the person and work of Christ, and salvation, along with theological prolegomena. As to theologians or historical theology, I am most interested in Thomas Aquinas, Reformed orthodoxy (not least John Owen) and Herman Bavinck.
“[S]uch is the nature of divine truth, so deep and inexhaustible the fountain of the sacred Scriptures, whence we draw it, so innumerable the salutary remedies and antidotes proposed in these to dispel all the poisons and temptations wherewith the adversary can ever attack either the minds of the pious or the peace of the church and the true doctrine, that serious and thinking men can entertain no doubt that we perform a service praise-worthy and profitable to the church of Christ, when, under the direction of ‘the Spirit of wisdom and revelation’, we bring forward, explain, and defend the most important and necessary articles of evangelical truth.” -John Owen