This review appeared in the Jul-Sep 2006 vol. 163 no. 3 issue of Biblotheca Sacra, DTS’s quarterly academic journal.Subscribe Today
Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian ServiceIVP Books, Downers Grove, IL December 16, 2005
The author wrote this book “to demonstrate the significance of the doctrine of the Trinity for the vocation of ministry” (p. 11). He wrote out of his conviction that theology is foundational for ministry and that the Trinity is the distinctly Christian doctrine that makes many perplexing issues intelligible. The Trinity, he emphasizes, is the “grammar” of Christian faith and life, a point he develops as personhood, intimacy, surrender, simplicity, self-acceptance, indwelling, and mission in successive chapters. Thus the believer’s ministry is “the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Son, to the Father, through the Holy Spirit for the sake of the church and the world” (p. 19, italics his). Seamands has written a much-needed template that is “theologically practical.” His book can be recommended without reservation, for his approach of presenting sound doctrine with pastoral relevance is so winsome.
—J. Lanier Burns