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Progressive Covenantalism txt Progressive Covenantalism , text ebook Progressive Covenantalism , adobe reader Progressive Covenantalism , chapter 2 Progressive Covenantalism , Progressive Covenantalism d703f5 Building On The Foundation Of Kingdom Through CovenantCrossway Stephen J Wellum And Brent E Parker Have Assembled A Team Of Scholars Who Offer A Fresh Perspective Regarding The Interrelationship Between The Biblical Covenants Each Chapter Seeks To Demonstrate How The Covenants Serve As The Backbone To The Grand Narrative Of Scripture For Example, New Testament Scholar Thomas Schreiner Writes On The Sabbath Command From The Old Testament And Thinks Through Its Applications To New Covenant Believers Christopher Cowan Wrestles With The Warning Passages Of Scripture, Texts Which Are Often Viewed By Covenant Theologians As Evidence For A Mixed View Of The Church Jason DeRouchie Provides A Biblical Theology Of Seed And Demonstrates That The Covenantal View Is Incorrect In Some Of Its Conclusions Jason Meyer Thinks Through The Role Of Law In Both The Old And New Covenants John Meade Unpacks Circumcision In The OT And How It Is Applied In The NT, Providing Further Warrant To Reject Covenant Theology S Link Of Circumcision With Infant Baptism Oren Martin Tackles The Issue Of Israel And Land Over Against A Dispensational Reading, And Richard Lucas Offers An Exegetical Analysis Of Romans , Arguing That It Does Not Require A Dispensational Understanding From Issues Of Ecclesiology To The Warning Passages In Hebrews, This Book Carefully Navigates A Mediating Path Between The Dominant Theological Systems Of Covenant Theology And Dispensationalism To Offer The Reader A Better Way To Understand God S One Plan Of Redemption

About the Author: Stephen J. Wellum

Stephen J Wellum PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology Stephen lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Karen, and their five children.

10 thoughts on “Progressive Covenantalism

  1. says:

    Overall, a really helpful contribution to the discussion on how to put together the storyline of the bible It s an edited volume, so there are stronger and weaker chapters Here is a one sentence review of each 1 Father of a Multitude of Nations discussion of relationship of Abrahamic promise to New Cov community DeRouchie helpfully develops Paul s statement in Galatians that Jesus is the seed, however the chapter suffers from trying to cover too much ground in a little space.2 The Israel Christ Church Relationship covers similar ground to above chapter Excellent explanation of the relationship between OT Israel and NT church as focused through church s union with Christ.3 Mosaic Law, Theological Systems, and the Glory of Christ Excellent work by Jason Meyer on explaining the way the church should relate to the Mosaic Law as scripture, even as we aren t bound to it as law 4 Covenantal Life with God from Eden to Holy City This chapter suffers from trying to do too much in 30 ish pages Because it is of an exploration, the conclusions feel scattershot.5 Circumcision of Flesh to Circumcision of the Heart Great explanation of physical circumcision as pointing to spiritual Unfortunately, he doesn t always thoroughly engage with the better opposing arguments that he himself acknowledges.6 The Sabbath Command for New Covenant Believers Fantastic exegetical work by Tom Schreiner on why the Sabbath law is not binding on NT believers, since it is fulfilled in Christ now and in the future I personally would have benefited from discussion on Lord s Day.7 Warning Passages of Hebrews and the New Covenant Community Cowan does a great job of condensing his dissertation into an article Clear and largely convincing argument to read Hebrews warnings passages as means of God preserving his people.8 Progressive Covenantalism and the Doing of Ethics Very similar to chapter 4, but at a higher, hermeneutical level Masterful.9 Dispensational Appeal to Romans 11 This chapter suffers from focusing too much on disproving the dispensational view of Israel in Rom 11, and not doing much to build a case for his own reading of that text.10 The Land Promise Very good explaining how the land promise to Abraham must already be fulfilled in Christ, rushed conclusion as to how it has been fulfilled.

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    Not for the faint of heart, but good, hard, work I would recommend reading God s Kingdom Through God s Covenants the abridged version of Kingdom Through Covenant , before diving into this Progressive Covenantalism is a collection of articles, by various authors, applying the framework of Wellum and Gentry s work KTC to various topics as they develop through the Bible s storyline Some of these articles felt like they were written for this volume, others felt like academic articles which had been cut down to 20 or so pages which is why I gave it a 4 star rating Given the academic bent of the book it won t be immediately accessible to those who haven t given much thought to how to put the whole Bible together A good place to start considering how the Old and New Testaments fit together would be Covenants by Schreiner, or God s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts.

  3. says:

    Helpful Would now like to read book length treatments of the various topics from each of the contributors.

  4. says:

    Last year, I slowly worked my way through Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum s massive book, Kingdom Through Covenant While it definitely impacted my thinking in a number of ways, it also left me with several unanswered questions concerning the relationship between Israel and the Church, the typology of the land promises, the role of the Mosaic law in the lives of New Covenant believers, and the New Testament s development fulfillment of Old Testament promises While I still have a good number of lingering questions, this book went a long way towards filling in some of those theological gaps This collection of essays is clear, well argued, and exegetically rigorous without being overly academic though I would recommend it primarily to those who already enjoy reading theological works In particular, the chapters by Parker on the Israel Christ Church relationship , Meyer on the Mosaic Law , Schreiner on the Sabbath command and Wellum on doing whole Bible ethics have helped to shaped my own views on those subjects The final chapter by Martin on the typology of the land promise was good but felt a little rushed I would be interested in reading his Bound for the Promised Land to see him develop his argument fully than he could in his one chapter But on the whole, this book is a theological feast and should be read by anyone wanting to study the issues surrounding dispensational and covenant theology While I already have some books lined up to read that defend the other two perspectives, I feel comfortable saying that at the moment, progressive covenantalism is the theological system which I identify with most closely.

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    The battle between Covenant Theology CT and Dispensational Theology DT is notoriously intense and shows no signs of calming down Over time, however, the emergence of mediating positions has blurred the sharp distinction On such via media is dubbed Progressive Covenantalism, first articulated in Kingdom Through Covenant KTC This new book, Progressive Covenantalism, is considered a continuation of KTC p4 by consisting of essays collected from like minded scholars that address issues underdeveloped and not discussed p4 in KTC.What is Progressive Covenantalism PC It is progressive in seeking to underscore the unfolding nature of God s revelation over time , and is covenantal by emphasizing that God s plan unfolds through the covenants and that all of the covenants find their fulfillment, telos, and terminus in Christ p2 Progressive Covenantalism unfolds logically over ten chapters, arranged in relationship to the CT DT binary.In chapter 1, Jason DeRouchie holds that by tracing the development of Abraham s seed across the two testaments, particularly in Isaianic passages, one must reject both CT s and DT s views of new covenant ecclesiology and hold a nuanced and biblical ecclesiology.A key question in the debate is the relationship between Israel and the church, and in chapter 2 Brent Parker enters the ring by arguing that both positions are incorrect For Parker, CT incorrectly blurs the distinction between the two, while DT pulls them apart Where CT may present the relationship as and DT as , PC sees a relationship of typological development from Israel to Christ to church.Chapter 3 finds Jason Meyer contrasting PC with DT and CT in the various understandings of the Mosaic law and its role for the Christian.Ardel Caneday in Chapter 4 attempts to undermine the division of covenants into either being entirely unconditional or conditional Such a simplistic distinction does not hold instead, covenant fidelity is always required from both parties, and recognizing this reinforces Christ s faithfulness.A particular relationship between circumcision and baptism undergirds CT s case for infant baptism, but in chapter 5 John Meade comes to another conclusion by tracing the development of circumcision and heart circumcision across the testaments with fresh historical work.In chapter 6, Tom Schreiner lays out the purpose of Sabbath and its transformation in light of fulfillment by Christ, concluding that Sabbath observance is not required in the New Covenant.Chris Cowan in chapter 7 defends the regeneration of all New Covenant believers by responding to CT s insistence that the warning passages reveal a mixed covenant body of believers and unbelievers.Important for CT is the tripartite division of the law moral, civil, ceremonial and that believers are under at least the moral elements of the Mosaic law In chapter 8, Stephen Wellum rejects the tripartite division while upholding that the entire Bible is the believers ethical standard.In chapter 9, Richard Lucas challenges dispensational use of Romans 11 that argue for a restoration and particular role for national Israel in the millennium Whether one holds to a future mass salvation of Jews in Rom 11, DT overloads the passage with expectations of national restoration not found in the text.Closing off the book with chapter 10, Oren Martin places the Abrahamic land promise in the larger Biblical narrative of Eden to new creation, revealing that the land promise is broadened and fulfilled in the new creation.Overall, the chapters in Progressive Covenantalism are provocative and move the discussion forward In particular, DeRouchie, Caneday, Meade, and Wellum all present fresh and rigorous thought in their respective topics Although less constructive, Schreiner, Martin, Parker and Lucas chapters all provide helpful responses to key distinctives of DT and CT Parker s chapter was thankfully a far superior presentation of PC s view on the Israel church relationship than seen in the recent four views book on Israel and the church that said, I found DeRouchie s chapter stimulating, exegetically driven and compelling than Parker s In fact, DeRouchie s was possibly the best chapter in the book.However, there were a few shortfalls Meyer s chapter was a little aimless compared to his work on the Law elsewhere Also, while Chris Cowan s chapter was a strong presentation of the means of perseverance view of warning passages, it was largely a re presentation of Schreiner and Caneday s work elsewhere.If one does not hold to PC, the issues in these chapters are still important Even if for this reason alone, Progressive Covenantalism deserves to be read It presents a comprehensive, theological, and exegetical approach to answering these difficult questions In doing so, Progressive Covenantalism establishes itself as a valid and fresh contender among the old dogs and deserves a place at the table I eagerly await future development and critiques of the system The fresh insights and arguments from Progressive Covenantalism will require responses and hopefully provoke fresh work from both CT and DT.Many thanks to BH Academic for providing a review copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    This is one of the best theology books I have read in several years For the last couple of decades various proposals have been made to improve on classical dispensational and classical covenantal theology This is one of the best attempts In some ways this is a sequel to Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum s Kingdom Through Covenant.Their approach is of an exhaustive biblical theology whereas this is of a topical summary of the main issues that have separated dispensational and covenantal theology They deal with 10 such issues and here are some of their conclusions Regarding Abraham s seed Jason DeRouchie concludes Christ is the seed of Abraham and David and the one through whom both Abraham s fatherly headship over a multitude and David s eternal throne find fulfillment Today whether Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free, males or females all become offspring of Christ and then of Abraham only through union with Jesus by faith 38 Regarding the relationship between Israel and the church Brent Parker concludes Progressive covenantalism understands national Israel as a typological pattern not unlike other OT persons, institutions, and events Individual persons in the OT typologically foreshadowed Jesus, the chief antitype, and like God used a corporate Adam, the Israelite nation, to point to a greater Son, Jesus and to a faithful community, the church Israel is related to the church secondarily as the typological relationship is directed through Christ Since Christ is the antitypical and true Israel, the agent of restoration who brings to fruition Israel s promises and fulfills the covenants, the church, through him, is the one and only new covenant community 67 Regarding Christians relationship to the law Jason Meyer conclusions include Some theological systems stress the shared similarities i.e., continuity between the Mosaic law and NT ethics Other systems want to stress the differences between the two i.e., discontinuity 70 Progressive covenantalism s approach to the Mosaic law tilts toward discontinuity and is closer to progressive dispensationalism 73 Progressive covenantalism stands closer to covenant theology in terms of its emphasis on the organic unity of the Bible than classic dispensationalism 86 The economy of the Mosaic law has come to an end as a whole and the Mosaic law as a whole continues to serve as a helpful, yet indirect guide The law of Moses is indirectly applicable to us through the fulfillment of that law in Christ and his law 91 The law of Christ is a progressive advancement over the Mosaic law in one important respect the law of Christ directly and explicitly ties the believer to Christ s cross The law of Christ has a greater gospel shape than the law of Moses The law of Moses was a grace from God and a law of love, but its standard of love falls short of the heights of love found in the sacrifice of Christ There is a direct connection between the law of Christ and the cross of Christ The law of Christ is defined in Galatians 6 2 95 Regarding the ethics of Progressive Covenantalism Stephen Wellum argues We first gladly confess that the entirety of Scripture is our standard But we simultaneously add that all of Scripture s moral teaching is only binding on us in light of its fulfillment in Christ 222 As a covenant the law does not govern us directly, yet as Scripture, and applied to us in Christ, it now takes on a prophetic wisdom function The NT teaches both the replacement and fulfillment of the old covenant On the one hand, in the new covenant the old is replaced by the law of Christ 1 Cor 9 20 21 223 Jesus views himself as the eschatological goal of the OT Jesus teaches us that the OT law is not to be abandoned Indeed, it must continue to be taught Matt 5 19 but interpreted and applied in light of its fulfillment by Christ In other words, it stand no longer as the ultimate standard of conduct for God s people, but must always be viewed through the lens of Jesus ministry and teaching 225

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    This book is a collection of 10 essays that unpack some of the practical and theological implications of the argument put forth in Kingdom through Covenant It presents progressive covenantalism as a middle way between covenant theology and dispensationalism Wellum explains the name in this way Progressive seeks to underscore the unfolding nature of God s revelation over time, while covenantalism emphasizes that God s plan unfolds through the covenants and that all of the covenants find their fulfillment, telos, and terminus in Christ We strongly argue for the unity of God s plan promise culminating in the new covenant There are some books that I am excited to read simply because of the index of names This was one of those books Over the past few years, I have been greatly helped by authors like Stephen Wellum, Jason Meyer, Douglas Moo, Tom Schreiner, G.K Beale, and D.A Carson And all of these men find their way into this book, either as contributors or as sources.For anyone working through this topic, I think this book is a must read.

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    Wellum has compiled a number of essays that helpfully demonstrate how the covenantal framework gives shape to the Biblical storyline and to theological themes The many author s critique of covenant and dispensational theology were insightful, though I m sure progressive covenantalism has its own critics I m increasingly convinced of its general hermeneutical principles, but probably need time to read counterarguments I came away from the book thankful for the fulfilling and covenant transforming work of Jesus.

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    Progressive Covenantalism is the name of a type of understanding the role of God s covenants in the Bible, without subscribing to Covenant theology or dispensationalism It is a helpful critique of both that is born out of an emphasis on the newness and betterness of the new covenant than in Covenant theology, without falling into the wooden literalism of dispensationalism.This collection of essays advances the ideas of theologians working within this understanding The essays are cover a wide range of topics As with any book like this, some essays are better, or at least of interest than others This is primarily a book for academics, though lay theologians like myself will be able to understand most everything I recommend this for those interested in the topic.I truly appreciated Jason Myers essay on the law it was very helpful.

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    The nuanced differences between Dispensational and Covenantal theologies have stirred conversation for over a century There have been numerous attempts to find common ground that encompasses the far reaching nature of these differences, but unfortunately, most of the attempts have failed to be than subtle modifications of an already deficient system Progressive Covenantalism Charting a Course between Dispensational and Covenantal Theologies edited by Stephen J Wellum and Brent E Parker has in many ways changed that trajectory for the better Progressive Covenantalism is a curated collection of essays that seek to underscore the unfolding nature of God s revelation over time, while emphasiz ing that God s plan unfolds through the covenant and all of the covenants find their fulfillment and terminus in Christ p 2 Further, the essays included here exegetically and theologically underscore the substantial work of Stephen J Wellum and Peter Gentry presented in Kingdom through Covenant Crossway, 2012 Chapters 1 4 are targeted at various topics considered crucial to putting together the biblical covenants, including the relationship between Israel and the Church and the function of the Mosaic Law Chapters 5 8 are specifically concerned with issues related to covenant theology, including a fascinating essay by Thomas R Schreiner on the Sabbath and an essay on the warning passages in Hebrews and the New Covenant Community Finally, chapters 9 10 are concerned with issues that tend to arise within the framework of progressive dispensationalism, such as the appeal to Romans 11 concerning nature of future Israel and a captivating essay by Oren R Martin on the nature of the Promise Land There is much to be praised about Progressive Covenantalism All of the essays are well written and appropriately targeted Additionally, I think that most readers will find the exegetical and theological treatment of the various topics therein satisfying There are some essays that readers will find to be informative than others, but it will largely depend on one s exposure to the ongoing dialog That said Progressive Covenantalism is also an appropriate entry point for many readers looking to engage the issues at hand, as the interaction therein is both up to date and academically honest Those who disagree with the essays presented in Progressive Covenantalism will be unable to simply dismiss the effort of the contributors There is serious exegesis and biblical theological reflection that demands interaction at numerous levels At the very least, Progressive Covenantalism has accomplished exactly what is set out to accomplish to chart a course between dispensational and covenantal theologies Progressive Covenantalism Charting a Course between Dispensational and Covenantal Theologies edited by Stephen J Wellum and Brent E Parker is a must read resource for anyone interested in the discussion between these two theological camps It offers readers a fresh presentation of an increasingly popular view while building upon the work of others in the process It comes highly recommended

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