Pastoral and Ecclesial Publications


After Baptism: Shaping the Christian Life (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2005).

Why Scripture Matters: Reading the Bible in a Time of Church Conflict (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1998).

Book Chapters

“Is There Any Reason to Join a Church? Baptism as a Commissioning to Life Together,” in Liturgical-Missional: Perspectives on a Reformed Ecclesiology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications), 104-118.

“Reconciliation and Justification,” in Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life, ed. Kent Eilers and Kyle Strobel (New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2014), 91-104.

Three essays for Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary Year A, Volume 1, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2010): 20-24 (Mt. 24:36-44), 44-48 (Mt. 3:1-12), and 68-72 (Mt. 11:2-11).

Three essays for Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary Year B, Volume 4, ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2009): 134-136 (Heb. 1:1-4; 2:5-12), 158-162 (Heb. 4:12-16), and 182-186 (Heb. 5:1-10).

“A Conversation with the Westminster Standards,” in Conversations with the Confessions: Dialogue in the Reformed Tradition, ed. Joseph D. Small (Louisville: Geneva Press, 2005), 51-68.

“Reformed Explication of the Ten Commandments,” in The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness, ed. William P. Brown (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2004), 78-99.

“Religious Fundamentalisms and Democratic Social Practices,” in Democracy and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions, ed. David Odell-Scott (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2004), 221-242.

Five exegetical essays for A Biblical Exegesis for Sunday’s Sermon (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001), 2:214-217, 2:225-228, 2:586-593, 3:505-508.

“Introduction to the Confession of 1967,” in Book of Confessions: Study Edition (Louisville: Geneva Press, 1999), 315-320.

“Why Truth Matters More than Justice,” in Judgment Day at the White House, ed. Gabriel Fackre (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999), 120-127.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Baptism,” in the Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, ed. Ian McFarland et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), 52-54.

“Poor, Christianity and the,” in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, vol. III, ed. George Thomas Kurian (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), 1851-1858.


“Easter and Baptism,” Presbyterian Outlook 198/6 (October 14, 2016): 10-15.

“Incarnation and Christian Culture,” Jacob’s Well (Spring / Summer 2015): 26-27, 31.

“The Discipline of Discipleship,” Presbyterians Today 101 (May 2011): 4-5.

“Thinking Theologically about the Church,” occasional paper no. 5, Re-Forming Ministry, Office of Theology and Worship (Louisville: Presbyterian Church [U.S.A.], 2009).

“Last Things First: Pittsburgh’s Presbyterian Cathedrals and the Future of the Church,” Installation Address (Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 2001).

“Comments on the Belhar Confession,” The Presbyterian Outlook 193 (March 21, 2011): 19-22

“George Hunsinger, The Eucharist and Ecumenism,” Participatio 2 (Fall 2010): 89-97. (on-line journal of the T. F. Torrance Society)

“The Westminster Standards,” Presbyterians Today 100 (September 2010): 4-5.

“What Is Reformed About the Reformed Tradition?,” The Register of the Company of Pastors 10 (Fall 2009): 23-26.

“Calvin and the Politics of ‘The Holy Life,’” The Presbyterian Outlook (April 27/May 4, 2009): 10.

“Climate Change: What Does It Tell Us about God?,” SciTech†: Journal of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology, and the Christian Faith 17 (May 2008): 1, 17-18.

“Going Creedless: Alternative Christianities,” The Christian Century 121 (June 1, 2004): 24-28.

“The Difference Theology Makes for Pastoral Ministry,” Panorama 43 (Advent 2003): 3-6.

“Calling Pastor-Theologians,” Quarterly Review 23 (Fall 2003): 286-293 [reprinted in The Princeton Theological Review (Fall 2003): 13-16; and in Panorama 47 (Spring 2008)].

“Recovering a Theology of God’s (Gracious) Law,” Theology Matters 8 (July/August 2002): 1-7.

“Rethinking Sexuality,” Presbyterian Outlook 184 (Feb. 25, 2002), 8-9, 17.

“Framing the Homosexuality Debate Theologically: Lessons from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” Review of Religious Research 41 (December 1999): 262-274.

“A Piety of the Word,” Circuit Rider (January/February 1999): 8-11.

“Scripture as Sacramental Word: Rediscovering Scripture’s Compelling Power,” Interpretation 52 (October 1998): 380-391.

“The Disciplines of Life Together,” Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought 13 (August/September 1998): 17-19.

“Same-Sex Marriage: A Theological Analysis,” Life Together under the Word: A Confessing Christ Occasional Paper 1 (Summer 1998): 1-8.

“Do We Really Need to Confess Our Sins?,” Reformed Liturgy and Music 32 (1998): 85-90.

“A Search for Theological Vocabulary,” with Joseph D. Small, Presbyterian Outlook 180 (January 19, 1998): 6-7, 9.

“‘B,’ ‘A’ and the Unity of the Church,” Presbyterian Outlook 179 (December 1-8, 1997): 8-9.

“Sexuality, Mortality, and the Presbyterian Debate,” The Christian Century 114 (March 5, 1997): 246-249.

“Shaping a Congregation Through Lectio Continua,” Reformed Liturgy and Music 30 (1996): 3-6.

“What Theology Can’t Do: If You Stop and Think About It,” The Christian Century 112 (March 8, 1995): 260-261.

“Resolving Church Conflicts and Controversies,” Journal for Preachers 18 (Advent 1994): 32-34. Beta Kappa and the New Scholarship,” The Key Reporter 60 (Autumn 1994): 5-6.

“Can I Know That My Time Has Come? Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide,” Theology Today 51 (July 1994): 204-218.

“Evaluating ‘Re-imagining,'” with Joseph Small, The Christian Century 11 April 6, 1994): 342-344.

“Re-imagining: A Theological Appraisal,” with Joseph Small, The Presbyterian Outlook 176 (March 7, 1994): 11-13.

“Can’t Stop Talking About Sex,” The Christian Century 110 (July 28-August 4, 1993): 732-734.

“Evangelism and Justice: A Bible Study on Ephesians 2:4-10,” Renews (August 1993): 6.

“Conversation, Conviction and the Presbyterian Identity Crisis,” The Christian Century 110 (February 24, 1993): 204-208.

“A Conversation about Liberation and Spirituality,” with Pablo Richard, Church and Society (November/December 1992): 42-54.

“Conversion in Theological Ethics: An Experiential-Narrative Teaching Approach, 1990 Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics: 269-272.

“Biblical Poet and Prophet: Gerrard Winstanley’s Use of Scripture in The Law of Freedom,” Journal of Religious History 17 (Winter 1987): 269-282.

“The Languages of Peace,” Christianity and Crisis 45 (October 28, 1985): 415-416.

Edited Collections

What is Justification About?, co-edited with Michael Weinrich (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009).

In Whose Image? Genetics and the Human Condition (Louisville: Geneva Press, 1998).

Church Publications

“The Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding Adult Curriculum (Louisville, KY: Congregational Ministries Publishing, Presbyterian Church [(U.S.A.), 2013).

“A New Vision for National Ordination Examinations: An Invitation to Discussion,”

“Discipleship: The Way of Jesus,” Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding Adult Curriculum (Louisville, KY: Congregational Ministries Publishing, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)), 2010.ter Shorter Catechism

Editor, Catalog of Theological Statements of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assemblies (193Ministry of Service: A Guide to the Meaning of Ordination and Church Office in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (Louisville: Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church [U.S.A.], 1996).

Editor, In Life and in Death We Belong to God: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and End-of-Life Issues (Louisville: Christian Faith and Life Program Area, Presbyterian Church [U.S.A.], 1995).

“Discipleship,” Adult Foundational Curriculum, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 1994.

“Providence: Where in the World is God?,” Adult Foundational Curriculum, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 1993.