Book Contract with Wipf & Stock

I signed a deal a few moths ago with Wipf & Stock Publishers to write a book. It’s going to be a sort of post-liberal reading of Walter Rauschenbusch’s Theology for the Social Gospel (1917). Has to be to the publisher by the end of November, 2010. I’m stoked!

I just wrote the longest paper of my life; 64 pages, 19,000 words, which is a precursor to the book. I’m attempting to show that Walter Rauschenbusch has been mislabeled and misunderstood as a failed Protestant Liberal, and that he said some really good things we should reconsider. I want to try and provide pastors some theological rationale for the moves that they are making in their church concerning social justice by exploring the social nature of sin, salvation and a theology of the kingdom of God. As I’ve been reading his work, what others say about him – good and bad – and forming my own argument, I realize how much I respect this man’s life.
I see brilliance in 2 of his assertions:

Sin: make whatever claims you want about sin, but if your doctrine does not deal with the social manifestation of sin, it misses the mark.

Salvation: make whatever Christological claims you want, but if your doctrine does not deal with the social aspect of salvation, it will never be an effective means of social change.

About Tim Suttle

Find out more about Tim at TimSuttle.com

Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of RedemptionChurchkc.com. He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13128303391144284885 casey elizabeth

    Incredibly happy for you, Tim! I want to be like you when I grow up!

    Can I tell my ethics professor about this? So exciting!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01158748331493342958 Scott Savage

    To your point about salvatio … as I was listening to the N.T. Wright lectures at Wheaton, I was reminded at numberous points how he understands the difference between "justification" and "salvation." Salvation involves the whole project of redeeming creation, while justification has a more particular focus in terms of humanity. Humans are justified for something, which involves the salvation of the world. So, this fits with WR.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02289110643212600386 Scott Stone

    How's the book coming along?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10974397437648079481 Tim Suttle

    Four chapters in. Still plugging away! How're you doing?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02289110643212600386 Scott Stone

    That's fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading it when it's published. I can't even imagine the process of writing a book. I just got done with a 20 page paper for a systematics class and thought that was overwhelming(first paper in 18 years).
    Life's good. Something about the warmth of summer sun and the green of the grass sure changes my disposition. How about you? Summer break with young kids sure must be a hoot.


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