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John Jefferson Davis, Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, will address the theme of his new book, Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence (Part Two).
You can now listen to Part One of this interview which aired Saturday, December 4th: MP3 Available Here.
Whatever your personal theological background may be, tonight's program will undoubtedly, at times, invoke hearty "Amens!" from Christians in most traditions, denominations and fellowships, and, at other times, will undoubtedly instill apprehension, alarm, perhaps even anger, in those same Christians while we address the highly debated themes under the umbrella of worship that divide brethren, perhaps more than any other area of church life. Hopefully all of us, regardless of what tradition, denomination or fellowship we may belong to, will be seriously challenged by Dr. John Jefferson Davis' thorough study of the subject of worship in the Evangelical church, and will be compelled to reexamine this vital issue under the light of Holy Scripture.
As the publishers describe Dr. Davis' book:
"Is God missing from our worship? Obstacles to true worship are not about contemporary or traditional music, electronic gadgetry or seeker sensitivity. Rather it is the habits of mind and heart, conditioned by our surrounding culture, that hinder our faith in the real presence of the transcendent God among his people. Sensing a real need for renewal, John Jefferson Davis offers a theology of worship that uncovers the most fundamental barriers to our vital involvement in the worship of our holy God. His profound theological analysis leads to fresh and bracing recommendations that will be especially helpful to all those who lead worship or want to more fully and deeply encounter the glory and majesty of God...
"...Davis offers a vision that he calls Reformed in its soteriology, Trinitarian in its theology, doxological in seeing worship as the highest priority of the church, charismatic in its affirmation of the gifts and presence of the Spirit in the life of the congregation, and liturgical in its ancient-modern form of worship."
Dr. Davis has served at Gordon-Conwell South Hamilton, MA since 1975. An active member of both the local and broader community, he has taken leadership roles in various organizations relating to children and families. These leadership roles have included serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life; as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Birthright of Greater Beverly, MA; as a member of the Board of Directors of the Value of Life Committee, and as the Massachusetts delegate to the White House Conference on Families.
Dr. Davis has also maintained an active role in professional and institutional organizations, lending his talents as former president to the Evangelical Philosophical Society and serving on the advisory board for the Presbyterians for Democracy and Religious Freedom. As a Gordon-Conwell faculty member, he serves as a faculty representative for the Anglican Studies Committee and the Institutional Review Board. He also currently chairs the Distributive Education Committee that addresses extension and distance education.
In addition, Dr. Davis is a frequent speaker at churches, conventions and workshops. He has made appearances regularly on radio and television talk shows, including The 700 Club, and his guest editorials have appeared in the Boston Herald, Newsday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Baltimore News American, the Washington Star and other newspapers.
Dr. Davis’ scholarly interests include the theology and practice of worship and liturgy, the relationship of Christian faith and modern science, Trinitarian theology and the theology of the Holy Spirit.
He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. He and his wife, Robin, have five children and live in Hamilton, MA.
Books by Dr. John Jefferson Davis' include:
Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence (IVP Academic, 2010)
The Frontiers of Science and Faith: Examining Questions from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe (InterVarsity Press, 2002)
The Victory of Christ's Kingdom: An Introduction to Postmillennialism (Canon Press, 1996)
Sterilization Option: A Guide For Christians (Baker, 1995)
Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today (Presbyterian Reformed, 2006)
Christ's Victorious Kingdom: Postmillennialism Reconsidered (Baker, 1986)
The Christian’s Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth (Crossway Books, 1986)
Let the Bible Teach You Christian Doctrine (Paternoster, 1986)
Handbook of Basic Bible Texts: Every Key Passage for Study of Doctrine and Theology (Zondervan/Academie, 1984)
Abortion and the Christian: What Every Believer Should Know (Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1984)
Foundations of Evangelical Theology (Baker, 1984)
Your Wealth in God's World: Does the Bible Support the Free Market? (Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1984)
Theology Primer: Resources for the Theological Student (Baker, 1981, 1986)
The Necessity of Systematic Theology, editor (2nd ed. Baker, 1980)