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The office of deacon is God's gift to His church, but today it is often undervalued, misunderstood, and perceived to be of little importance. Rooted in scholarly research and written from a Reformed perspective, Cornelis Van Dam's The Deacon considers both the Old and New Testament biblical foundations for the calling of deacon, as well as the developments of the office through church history and the current function of the office in today's church. The Deacon invites current deacons, those discerning the call or being equipped for diaconal ministry, seminary students, pastors, or interested church members to rediscover the high and privileged calling of diaconal ministry and come to a better understanding of what God requires of them.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
"Deacons are Christ's priestly heart and arms of mercy reaching to, embracing, and showing compassion to the poor and afflicted. Unfortunately, there are few helpful, compelling books on the deacon's office today. This one is a notable exception. Drawing from his careful research in Holy Scripture and Christian history, Cornelis Van Dam lays out a clear and compelling case for what diaconal ministry should look like today. Highly recommended!"
— Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Dr. Van Dam has provided the modern church with a much-needed work on the office of the deacon. In a day and age when pastors and their congregations are confused about what a biblical deacon does—and does not do—Dr. Van Dam brings clarity by providing the Old Testament background for the New Testament deacon as well as a treatment of the office of the deacon in the history of the church. This is a book for professors, pastors, seminary students, diaconates, and congregations. I highly recommend this timely work!"
—Ron Gleason, senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Yorba Linda, California
"Van Dam has provided the church with a very helpful contribution on an essential, though too often undervalued part of its life and ministry. Clearly written and well organized, The Deacon is marked by sound insight throughout in its treatment of the pertinent biblical materials and their theological implications as well as its observations on the office of deacon in the past. The practical instruction it provides for those serving as deacons is balanced and wise. I highly recommend it as a valuable resource both for deacons and for those interested in their work."
—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology, emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary