Synopses & Reviews
In this book Gordon Mikoski examines how the sacrament of baptism, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the practice of Christian education together constitute a dynamic nexus that has the potential to foster congregations marked by the formation of both deep Christian identity and creative engagement in public arenas for the common good. / After establishing the necessity of holding baptism, Trinity, and ecclesial pedagogy together through a careful analysis of the thought of Gregory of Nyssa and John Calvin, Mikoski outlines how this nexus can function for contemporary Christian communities as they carry out the work of educational ministry. He then explores the dynamics of faith formation in the contemporary American context, concluding with a suggestive treatment of implications of the baptism-Trinity-pedagogy nexus for the educational ministry of a congregation.
Table of Contents
Baptismal practice in congregation and text. On the centrality and importance of baptism -- The baptismal rite at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church -- Stepping back from baptismal rite -- Depth soundings in theology and Christian education. Depth soundings in Trinitarian theology -- Depth soundings in Christian education -- Toward a Trinitarian practical theology of education and formation for discipleship -- Baptism, Trinity, and ecclesial pedagogy in the work of Gregory of Nyssa. Background and context -- The baptismal rite -- Stepping back from the baptismal gestalt -- Summary and assessment -- Baptism, Trinity, and ecclesial pedagogy in the work of John Calvin. Background and context -- The baptismal rite -- Stepping back from the baptismal gestalt -- Summary and assessment -- Baptizing and teaching in the Triune name. What we can learn from Gregory of Nyssa and John Calvin about the baptism-Trinity-pedagogy nexus -- Reflections on the contemporary context -- Strategic principles for baptizing and teaching in the Triune name -- Baptizing and teaching in the Triune name at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church. Worship -- Education and formation for discipleship -- Epilogue: An overture to a Trinitarian practical theology of Christian formation.