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Here is the table of contents for the new book The Gospel As Center:Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices,

  1. Gospel-Centered Ministry,” D. A. Carson and Timothy Keller
  2. “Can We Know (and Tell) the Truth?,” Richard D. Phillips
  3. “The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible,” Mike Bullmore
  4. “Creation,” Andrew M. Davis
  5. “Sin and the Fall,” Reddit Andrews III
  6. “God’s Plan,” Bryan Chapell
  7. “What Is the Gospel?,” Bryan Chapell
  8. “Christ’s Redemption, Sandy Willson
  9. “Justification,” Philip Graham Ryken
  10. “The Holy Spirit,” Kevin DeYoung
  11. “The Kingdom of God,” Stephen Um
  12. “The Church: God’s New People,” Tim Savage
  13. “Baptism and the Lord’s Supper,” Thabiti Anyabwile and J. Ligon Duncan
  14. “The Restoration of All Things,” Sam Storms

You can read the Carson and Keller essay on Gospel-Centered Ministry as a PDF or below:

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3 thoughts on “Carson and Keller: “The Gospel As Center””

  1. I look forward to this book, but one thing is missing, and it’s a pretty big lacuna, as I see it. Given that the book is subtitled “reforming our ministry practices,” why is there no chapter on corporate worship? Surely the gospel should reshape how most of our gathered worship should look like, from the songs we sing to why we read scripture and confessions aloud, and why we have the ordinances, and why we pray in gathered worship. Given that on any given Sunday (or Sat night) when the local church gathers, we do many things together (such as sing), I am a bit surprised that there’s not a chapter on it in this new work. I ask this both as a Greek and Theology professor, as well as a local church worship pastor.

    I might well be missing something, and look forward to having the book in my hands. Perhaps this was a purposeful omission. At any rate, it looks helpful!

    Barry Joslin
    Boyce College//Southern Seminary
    Louisville, KY

  2. Ted Bigelow says:

    Does anyone else see the irony in TGC founding members choosing to start the TGC confession with “God and not Scripture,” only to be caught flat-footed when one of them embraced a modalist? And when the debacle became public it was Scripture that was used to refute the error.

    The men who did the most to warn the body of Christ of the danger were almost to a man those who put Scripture first in their doctrinal confessions. Meanwhile, the TGC founding members said next to nothing to the body of Christ or the TGC rank and file. This book apparently is their response.

    OK. Carson and Keller use the book to bash not the modalist or the founding member (now resigned), but apparently the kind of men who pointed out the heresy. Likely this was unintentional. But think about it. Who else are puts Scripture before God in their confessions?

    In Carson’s and Keller’s opening chapter such men are characterized as “shaped by the enlightenment” and arrogantly self-confidence: “They proceed from Scripture to doctrine through rigorous exegesis in order to build (what they consider) an absolutely sure, guaranteed-true-to-Scripture theology.” They are ignorant of “historical theology, philosophy, and cultural reflection.” Why? Starting with Scripture “leads readers to the overconfidence that their exegesis of biblical texts has produced a system of perfect doctrinal truth.”

    Thankfully such bogey-men are left unnamed so we really don’t know who the authors intend. Nor will they likely tell us. But they sure are dangerous, huh?

    Well, our church’s doctrinal confession starts with Scripture, not God. Does that make me as it’s foundng pastor held captive by these worldly philosophies? I trow not. Instead I warned the flock I shepherd about the elephant in the room of modalism and why Scripture teaching them from Galatians 1 to separate from gospel apostates.

    Which is to say: it isn’t enough to be only center-bounded. One needs to be warning the flock of transgressing the boundaries of Scripture if we will be faithful shepherds.

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