Dr. Rex Koivisto,
professor and co-chairman of the Bible and Theology Division at Multnomah University, celebrates the
second-edition release of his book, One
Lord, One Faith: A Theology for Cross-Denominational Renewal. The book was
released in January, 2009, through Wipf & Stock
In One Lord, One Faith,
Dr. Koivisto develops a broader view of the Church that crosses denominational
lines. The book explores genuine Church unity around a core of shared doctrinal
beliefs and how this doctrine binds all Christians together despite separation
into distinct groups and denominations. Dr. Koivisto identifies the real
culprit of Church disunity as Christians dividing into sects, not
In his second edition, Dr. Koivisto addresses church
movements and books that developed after the first release of One Lord, One Faith in 1993. The second
edition responds to the effects the "Evangelicals and Catholics Together
(ECT)" movement, postmodernism and the "Emerging Church"
phenomenon have had on the church.
"I hope to develop a broader view of the church so that all
who genuinely love Christ, despite doctrinal and practical differences, can
accept each other as brothers in Christ," Dr. Koivisto said.
Dr. Koivisto holds
degrees from California State University,
Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has
written numerous journal articles and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological
Society, and the Institute for Biblical Research. He also serves as an ongoing
consultant with biblical language research software. Dr. Koivisto wrote One Lord, One Faith to combat the
attitude of sectarianism in evangelicalism: the competitive attitude that one
church or sect has a better edge at presenting the gospel of Christ Jesus than
For more information about Dr. Koivisto's book One Lord, One Faith: A
Theology for Cross-Denominational Renewal, please contact Kristin Kendall at 503.251.6452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private,
non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon.
Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate
programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning
program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional
certifications and endorsements.