Building on the foundation of Kingdom through Covenant (Crossway, 2012), Stephen J. Wellum and Brent E. Parker have assembled a team of scholars who offer a fresh perspective regarding the interrelationship between the biblical covenants. Each chapter seeks to demonstrate how the covenants serve as the backbone to the grand narrative of Scripture. For example, New Testament scholar Thomas Schreiner writes on the Sabbath command from the Old Testament and thinks through its applications to new covenant believers. Christopher Cowan wrestles with the warning passages of Scripture, texts which are often viewed by covenant theologians as evidence for a “mixed” view of the church. Jason DeRouchie provides a biblical theology of “seed” and demonstrates that the covenantal view is incorrect in some of its conclusions. Jason Meyer thinks through the role of law in both the old and new covenants. John Meade unpacks circumcision in the OT and how it is applied in the NT, providing further warrant to reject covenant theology’s link of circumcision with (infant) baptism. Oren Martin tackles the issue of Israel and land over against a dispensational reading, and Richard Lucas offers an exegetical analysis of Romans 9-11, arguing that it does not require a dispensational understanding. From issues of ecclesiology to the warning passages in Hebrews, this book carefully navigates a mediating path between the dominant theological systems of covenant theology and dispensationalism to offer the reader a better way to understand God’s one plan of redemption.
“Progressive Covenantalism fulfills its goal, and fulfills it well, as stated in the book’s subtitle: Charting a Course between Dispensational and Covenant Theologies….While disagreements persist here with both of these broad traditions, including with progressive dispensationalism, one will find the chapters intensely interesting and of great value in assessing where the lines in the debates are drawn. I recommend this book strongly and am thankful for both its clarity and its charity.”—Bruce A. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Insightful and significant, Progressive Covenantalism freshly treats biblical eschatology with exegetical care and theological skill. And it treats other views with evenhandedness and an irenic spirit. Readers—no matter their preferred eschatological system—will find much to learn and some to rethink.”—Christopher W. Morgan, Dean and professor of theology, School of Christian Ministries, California Baptist University