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Drs. Metzger and Harper Release Their New Book "Exploring Ecclesiology" in April


Dr. Paul Louis Metzger and Dr. Brad Harper look forward to the release of their first joint-effort, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction. The book will be released in April 2009 through Brazos Press. In celebration, Multnomah will host a book reading and signing on Thursday, April 30, from 7-9 p.m.

Ecclesiology is the study of the church's identity and its various functions. Drs. Harper and Metzger offer a solidly evangelical yet ecumenical survey of the church in doctrine and mission. Combining biblical, historical, and cultural analysis, this comprehensive theological text explores the doctrine of the church from a Trinitarian and kingdom community standpoint.

Exploring Ecclesiology offers practical application, addressing contemporary church life issues such as women in ministry, evangelism, race reconciliation, social action, consumerism in church growth trends, ecumenism, and the church in postmodern culture. The book will appeal to all who are interested in church doctrine, particularly college students and seminarians.


"This is an important new book. Evangelicals have often emphasized individual faith in Christ at the expense of the corporate character of the Christian community. This book shows why that dichotomy is false by pointing us toward a more holistic ecclesiology-the church biblical, trinitarian, sacramental, missional, and eschatological. This book needs to be read and heeded!"-Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; senior editor of Christianity Today

"Harper and Metzger keep their promises with an ecclesiology at once deeply ecumenical and sharply evangelical. They offer a richly Trinitarian and eschatological orientation even as they ground the doctrine of the church in an American context. As a generation of younger evangelicals discover ecclesiology-no, discover the church-I am happy and grateful to be able to refer them to this book."-Matt Jenson, Biola University

"An evangelical ecclesiology that takes the counter-cultural notion of divine communio as its starting point merits reading. That this book also examines race, sacraments, and Christian art will really grab the attention of a serious and plentiful readership. Metzger and Harper deserve the highest praise for pushing the envelope-in the generous catholicity of their evangelical faith, in their sharp wisdom on US social and cultural ills, and as noteworthy Christian theologians."-Peter Casarella, DePaul University

About the Authors

Paul Louis Metzger (PhD, King's College London) is professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and director of its Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins, editor of its journal Cultural Encounters: a Journal for the Theology of Culture, and the author of Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church.

Brad Harper (PhD, St. Louis University) is professor of theology at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. He is the college adviser for The Institute for Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins and the book review editor for Cultural Encounters: a Journal for the Theology of Culture. He has also worked as a pastor and church planter.

Book Reading & Signing Event

In celebration of the release of Exploring Ecclesiology, Multnomah will host an on-campus book reading and signing event.

  • Thursday, April 30, from
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Exploring Ecclesiology will be available for the discounted price of $18.50 ($24.99 retail)
  • Location on campus to be determined (check calendar listing for updates)

More Info

For more information about Drs. Harper and Metzger's book Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction, or about the book reading and signing event on April 30, please contact Kristin Kendall at 503.251.6452 or

About Multnomah

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.