Leading Barth interpreter Kimlyn Bender provides an introduction to the essence of Barth's theology, emphasizing themes that speak to the concerns of the church, the pastorate, and Christian ministry. This book serves as a companion to the first volume of Barth's Church Dogmatics, offering straightforward help for reading and understanding that work in its entirety as well as developing the skills necessary to read more of Barth's writings. Reading schedules (for both the first volume and the complete Church Dogmatics) and discussion questions for individuals and groups are included.
About the Author
Kimlyn J. Bender (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. He has written numerous books, including Reading Karl Barth for the Church, Reflections on Reformational Theology, and Confessing Christ for Church and World. He is also the coeditor of Theology as Conversation and The T&T Clark Handbook of Ecclesiology, and serves as a contributing editor for Cultural Encounters. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics (First Prize), the David Allan Hubbard Award from Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Sioux Falls. An ordained Baptist minister, he has preached, taught, and served as a pastor in churches in the Dakotas, California, New Jersey, and Texas.