Reformed theology is one of the major Protestant theological traditions in the United States and Western Europe, one that includes various forms of Presbyterianism and dozens of other denominations, all deeply influenced by the Genevan reformer John Calvin. Reformed Theology from A to Z is an accessible presentation of 116 theological terms and how they are understood in Reformed theology. Each entry is approximately 300 words in length, giving a clear and succinct presentation of the meaning of the term along with its understanding and use in the tradition. Designed for pastors and students, the book includes an annotated bibliography for those seeking further study.
Dr. Donald K. McKim is an honorably retired minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has served as editor for Being Reformed: Faith Seeking Understanding for Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was editor of These Days: Daily Devotions for Living by Faith (2009-2014) and has also served as editor for The Present Word and Joining the Feast in the popular “Feasting on the Word” curriculum published by Westminster John Knox Press. He was executive editor for theology and reference for Westminster John Knox Press (2000-2012); academic dean and professor of theology at Memphis Theological Seminary (1993-2000); and professor of theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (1981-1988). Dr. McKim was interim pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Berwyn, Pennsylvania as well as stated supply pastor of Friendship, Parish, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.
In an age where denominational differences are increasingly a thing of the past, it's salutary to remember the distinct contribution Reformed theology makes to the whole church's understanding of God and the gospel. This A-Z dictionary makes the task easier, with brief descriptions that simplify without being simplistic. For example, part of what makes theology Reformed is its stress on God's initiative in all things. Good to know!
What a useful resource! From busy pastors in need of a quick reference to students just digging into a particular topic, all will appreciate Don McKim’s informed and accessible introduction to the names, terms, and concerns of the Reformed faith.
This is a volume of distilled riches from the Reformed tradition, rooted in Donald McKim’s lifetime of researching, writing about, and indwelling it. If you are new to Reformed theology you will find it to be an accessible, wise, and trustworthy entryway, and the more you know about the Reformed tradition, the more you will admire what McKim has managed to achieve.
Donald McKim has done it again! With his characteristic mixture of perceptive scholarship and accessible prose, McKim has crafted a guide to key concepts, figures, and controversies in Reformed Theology throughout its history. A much-needed, reader-friendly reference work and introduction to a rich theological tradition.
This handy guidebook provides an accessible entrance into Reformed theology for students, church folks, and general readers who want an introduction to basic terms in this Christian family. Strongly recommended for all classes in Reformed Theology!
Donald McKim is a premier encyclopedist and this subject is his specialty. I highly recommend this as a reference work for all students in the field.