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Number of Pages: 318
Vendor: Pickwick Publications
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.64 (inches)|
Author: Daniel Kirkpatrick
Submitted: April 16, 2018
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the fortunate husband of Michelle Kirkpatrick and the father of three wonderful children. We live in Hobbs, New Mexico where I serve as Assistant Professor and Chair of Christian Studies at University of the Southwest. I have been a pastor for 10 years and actively involved in higher education since January 2015. I love Jesus Christ and have a passion to make him known both within the church and amongst the lost.
What was your motivation behind this project? This book is a slight revision of my PhD thesis carried out under the supervision of Dr. Nigel G. Wright, Principal Emeritus at Spurgeon's College, London who also wrote the foreword to this book. This book is my treatment of an issue that I personally wrestled with for years. Do we have a role in salvation? Are we saved against our will? What does God do in salvation, and what do we do? As I wrestled with these questions, I found that the issues of monergism and synergism lay at the center. Salvation is of the Lord, yet we do have a role in the process. Is our role a "work"? That is what I set out to write about.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My highest hope is that readers will renew their affections to the Lord in awe-filled glory for the God who saves and secures His people in salvation. I hope readers will come away not only with deeper reflection on the doctrines of grace but with renewed affirmation of the saving work of God. I further hope that this book advances friendly conversation between those in Reformed and Non-Reformed circles (particularly in the Calvinism/Arminianism debate) as well as Protestant and Roman Catholic dialogue.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? This work enters into the dialogue between Calvinists and Arminians with attempts to let each side speak fairly. I thoroughly enjoyed the works of the classic theologians of Calvin, Luther, and Warfield matched with modern Reformed theologians such as Michael Horton, Tony Lane, Alister McGrath, and Louis Berkhof.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: While this book is written academically, I believe it can be readily understood by all who have an interest in soteriology in general and Reformed theology in particular. If you, like me, struggle to understand the role of a person in salvation, this book is for you.