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Seminary faculty collaborate on Living Faith

Living Faith

CHICAGO, IL (February 7, 2011) — Covenant Publications released Living Faith: Reflections on Covenant Affirmations last week and distributed the new book to all participants at the Evangelical Covenant Church’s national Midwinter Conference.

The book, edited by North Park Theological Seminary professors James K. Bruckner, Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, and Paul Koptak, contains reflections by the denomination’s Seminary faculty on the central beliefs of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Each chapter gives a brief history and elucidates the meaning of one of the six affirmations of the Covenant:

  • The Centrality of the Word of God
  • The Necessity of New Birth 
  • A Commitment to the Whole Mission of the Church
  • The Church as a Fellowship of Believers
  • A Conscious Dependence on the Holy Spirit
  • The Reality of Freedom in Christ

Gary Walter, president of the Evangelical Covenant Church, says the title can be understood in two ways: “When we understand ‘living’ as an adjective, we are called beyond an intellectual acknowledgment of a set of theological propositions into an actual engagement of living with God. When we understand ‘living’ as a verb, we are called to put what we believe into practice as we live for God.”

Living Faith was commissioned by the Making Connections Initiative Grant funded by the Lilly Endowment. The book's purpose is to provide deeper insight into and conversation around the affirmations of the Evangelical Covenant Church. It is also intended to create links between churches, pastors, and North Park Theological Seminary by providing a window into the theological positions of the Evangelical Covenant Church and its institutions of higher education.

A set of discussion questions on each chapter makes the book a useful resource for groups as well as individuals.