The New Testament is a book of what St. Paul once called “God’s many-sided wisdom”(Eph3:10), wisdom that is central to diaconal ministry. The richness of what God has revealed about himself in Christ comes to us through the most diverse of individuals –from down-to-earth Mark to mystery-captivated John, from faith-promoting Paul to works-defending James. And the communities the gospel first created anticipated challenges that Christians have faced ever since: how to balance truth and love, freedom and discipline, mercy and justice, mission and nurture.
In this two-part “flyover” of the New Testament, we will explore each book’s promise and challenge for our call to do the work of the ministry: “to make Christ and his redemptive love known” where we “live, and work, and worship”, … and “to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”
Acting Dean, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando; Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando; BA, The College of William & Mary; MAR & MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; PhD, Duke University