Dr. Douglas W. Kennard’s newest publication, The Gospel
Doug Kennard’s latest book just came off the press: The Gospel. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2017. This book is about stating gospel, especially in the Bible. After surveying historical statements of gospel within their respective soteriology, biblical contexts are explored that identify either: 1) as gospel, 2) promise forgiveness, 3) promise everlasting life, 4) promise kingdom, or 5) promise resurrection with Christ. This framework provides legitimate biblical gospel statements within exclusive salvation in Christ.
This volume presents and appropriates biblical gospel patterns as a new reformation for fullness of salvation in Christ and His earthly kingdom. This variety of biblical gospel statements provoke: 1) unity around Jesus Christ and God’s gracious salvation, 2) toleration concerning rival statements of Christian gospel, and 3) jettisoning unsupported traditional frameworks. Peter Davids, editor of Word Biblical Commentary says, “Douglas Kennard has done an admirable job of discussing book by book what the New Testament identifies as ‘good news’ or ‘salvation’ and portraying it against a Jewish backdrop. He has had to be selective, but does succeed in this biblical theology in showing both the unity and diversity in the biblical good news.”
A Critical Realist’s Theological Method:
Returning the Bible and Biblical Theology
to be the Framer for Theology and Science
Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers 2013.
A Critical Realist’s Theological Method explores a systematic theology method grounded in critical realism in the wake of Alister McGrath, Imre Lakatos, Nancey Murphy, N. T. Wright, and Dale Allison. Kennard surveys philosophical and traditional theological approaches for contributions and limitations in order to set out a method for theology and science. Kennard extends this method to a Thiselton-Ricoeur hermeneutic that can fund insightful exegesis and Biblical theology in the wake of Ladd, Dunn, Vos, and Goldingay. This Biblical theology method is illustrated by wisdom literature, the traditional reef of the discipline and then developed for the contributions toward systematic theology as Gabler had originally envisioned. With contextualized Scripture sourcing most of the content for systematic theology the trajectory is shown in the subtitle Returning the Bible and Biblical Theology to be the Framer for Theology and Science. The method is exampled in exegesis of creation texts which frame possibilities for science. Likewise, Biblical theology frames a bio-ethics integration of psychology and theology setting out a transactional model for psychological recovery with University of Chicago professor Paul Holmes. A theology for peer review and work is also framed.
Douglas Kennard Th.D. is Professor of New Testament, Theology, and Philosophy at Houston Graduate School of Theology. This method has been shown by Kennard’s previous books: The Relationship Between Epistemology, Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology and Contextualization (Mellen, 1999), with integration of philosophy, physics, and theology in The Classical Christian God (Mellen, 2002), integrating Biblical theology, early Jewish literature, and systematic theology in Messiah Jesus: Christology in His Day and Ours (Peter Lang, 2008) and with Marv Pate in Deliverance Now and Not Yet: The New Testament and the Great Tribulation (Peter Lang, 2003, 2005).