Kingdom Come: Essential Theology for the Twenty-first Century
Sacristy Press, 2019, £9.99, ISB 978-1789590036
Unusually for a serious theological work, this book is divided into bite-sized sections that seem easily digestible. The single-word titles of almost all chapters (seven out of eight) indicate an intent to present profound truths accessibly. In fact, in his Preface the author comments that one of his motivations in writing was to rescue theology from impenetrable obscurity.
Addressing doctrinal themes relevant for twenty-first century teachers of the faith, Philps looks at Kingdom, Covenant, Cross, Commission, Character, Charism, Christology and New Creation straightforwardly and relevantly. Chapter one, for example, begins with different understandings of Kingdom, before looking at biblical definitions, and the background to Jesus’ own understanding. Kingdom should be at the heart of our theology, according to Philps, and he presents six coherent reasons for this. In chapter two, Covenant, he considers the difficulties of translating some biblical ideas into English. This is a very grounded book.
Although endorsements on the back of the book are clearly from a particular group of churches, this belies the book’s wider appeal. The final chapter is clearly influenced by NT Wright’s teaching: ‘God is not planning to make new things but to make existing things new,’ and some of it is recognizably evangelical in flavour. The books breadth and depth make it a valuable resource for, as it claims on the cover, ‘anyone in, or training for, church leadership’.
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