The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology, Edited by Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier

The Community of the Word

Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology

Wheaton Theology Conference Series

Edited by Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier

The Community of the Word
  • Length: 291 pages
  • Published: March 18, 2005
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2797
  • ISBN: 9780830827978

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Do North American evangelicals have a clear and strong doctrine of the church? Can we generate one?

In this volume, editors Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier bring together thirteen scholars and teachers to explore the history of evangelical ecclesiology and the continuing discussion regarding the nature of the church, the question of sacraments, the relation of church to society, and the church's moral character and missional witness.

Contributors include William J. Abraham, Gary D. Badcock, Craig A. Carter, Ellen T. Charry, William A. Dyrness, Darrell L. Guder, D. G. Hart, Willie James Jennings, Dennis L. Okholm, James K. A. Smith, Allen Verhey, John Webster and Jonathan R. Wilson.

This book should be a mandatory reading in undergraduate, seminary, and graduate courses on evangelical theory.

Religious Studies Review, January 2007

. . . The primary contribution of this volume may lie precisely in its framing the various important ecclesiological points of discussion that need to be addressed in evangelical theology.

Evangelical Review of Theology, July 2007

A concrete contextual contribution with a strongly pastoral concern. This is a useful introduction to the various ways in which the church is making a comeback into evangelical theology. The footnotes open up avenues for recommended reading.

Andy Draycott, Themelios 32/2

It does raise many interesting issues on the nature and mission of the church today. For anyone involved in Christian ministry it will therefore prove helpful in identifying and confronting issues which threaten to distort or distract the church.

Iain Cameron, UFM Scottish Secretary, Glasgow, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 25:1, Spring 2007


Introduction - Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier

Part One: The Church in "Evangelical" Theologies: Looking Back
1. The Church in Evangelical Theologies, Past and Future - D. G. Hart
2. The Fundamental Dispensation of Evangelical Ecclesiology - Dennis L. Okholm
3. Practicing Church: Evangelical Ecclesiologies at the End of Modernity - Jonathan R. Wilson

Part Two: Locating the Church Dogmatically
4. The Church and the Perfection of God - John Webster
5. "The Visible Attests the Invisible" - John Webster
6. The Church as Missional Community - Darrell L. Guder

Part Three: The Church as Moral Community
7. Inclusivism, Idolatry and the Survival of the (Fittest) Faithful - William J. Abraham
8. "Able to Instruct One Another": The Church as a Community of Moral Discourse - Allen Verhey

Part Four: The Church as Sacramental Community?
9. Beyond Theocracy and Individualism: The Significance of John Howard Yoder's Ecclesiology for Evangelicalism - Craig A. Carter
10. The Church as "Sacrament" - Gary D. Babcock
11. Sacramental Ecclesiology - Ellen T. Charry

Part Five: Locating the Church Culturally
12. The Church as Social Theory: A Reformed Engagement with Radical Orthodoxy - James K. A. Smith
13. The Desire of the Church - Willie James Jennings
14. Spaces for an Evangelical Ecclesiology - William A. Dyrness

Conclusion: The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven - Ellen T. Charry

Names Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Mark Husbands

Mark Husbands (PhD, University of St. Michael's College) is Leonard and Marjorie Maas Associate Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA, and at Tyndale College and Seminary and Sheridan College in Toronto. While a master's student at Wycliffe College at the Toronto School of Theology, he was senior editor of Prolegomena, an academic journal in theology.

Professor Husband's academic work demonstrates a serious engagement with the work of Barth, Calvin, Luther, and Jüngel and extends to a consideration of reconciliation, theological anthropology, and political theology. He is the author of the monograph Barth's Ethics of Prayer and Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. He and Daniel J. Treier are editors of Justification: What's at Stake in the Recent Debates published by IVP. He is also editor of Theology and the End of Modernity: Essays in Conversation with Reginald Stackhouse and with Philip G. Ziegler co-edited Essays Catholic and Critical. Husbands is also the editor of The Community of the Word.

Daniel J. Treier

Daniel J. Treier (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Gunther H. Knoedler Chair of Theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He previously served as Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton, and he is the coeditor or author of several books, including Theology and the Mirror of Scripture , Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture , and Virtue and the Voice of God.