Ministry, Mission and OrdinationThis last year has turned into my annus mirabilis for publications. In the last six months I published my PhD, a theological book on the New Testament, and a number of articles. Yesterday, I just received a copy of my book on ordination that I wrote for the Trans-European Division: Ministry, Mission and Ordination.

I am the first to admit that I cannot take full credit for the contents, it is based on a very extensive report by the TED’s Biblical Research Committee. But the work of condensing, simplifying and structuring are all mine. While the arguments are not new, the manner and presentation are very much different. So, I’m willing to take some credit for this book.

In all honesty, I do not agree with all the arguments in this book. Obviously, as I have said before I wholeheartedly support equality for women in ministry. Furthermore, [spoiler alert] I do agree with the TED’s report that ordination is a post-biblical institution. But, the marriage and societal roles of women, as argued in the TED’s report, do not mesh with my own opinions. But then again, I have never been a strong believer that the nuclear family is the only, best, or intended way of living.

I don’t know how someone would get their hands on this book, I imagine via Stanborough Press as they are the publishers. As soon as I have more information on this, I’ll update this post. [see below]

If you’re interested in a sneak preview, here is a snippet to whet your appetite.

[update]

Stanborough Press is selling the book for £8,95 (about €13 or $14). You can order it via their Sales Hotline +44 (0) 1476 591 700 or by emailing sales@stanboroughpress.org.uk.

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8 Comments

keith.paulusse@facebook.com Paulusse · May 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

Ah Tom you are a dedicated writer in the Dutch tradition of Gerard Groote, Thomas A Kempes and may be an Adventist Erasmus, all having been educated by Brethren of Common Life.
Maybe the Adventist Church could confer the “Devotio Moderna”, on your book. I say this because I find your books undogmatic and have a form of piety that may help pave the road for some sort of the Reformation in the Adventist Church… you may just be the man to make the church’s relevant in the 21 century.

    Tom de Bruin · May 20, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Keith, I don’t know about all that. But I’m pretty chuffed with the book!

Claudette · May 20, 2015 at 11:16 am

Super cool! Can’t wait to read it, and know it is a relevant document for the church right now.

That’s So Meta | Tom de Bruin · May 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

[…] South African, treats the beauty of pluralism… well.. beautifully. Jon Paulien talks about ordination, Alden Thompson reflects on the coming session and beyond, Desmond Ford analyses the genre of […]

In His Image: Discrimination and Equality | Tom de Bruin · July 11, 2015 at 4:27 pm

[…] This is a huge discussion worldwide. Hundreds of articles and books appeared in the last year on this topic. My division, the Trans-European Division, wrote a 863 page report — comprehensive but way too long for most people. The division asked me to write a shorter version. […]

Begrijptuookwatuleest? | Tom de Bruin · January 30, 2016 at 10:27 am

[…] Once again I had to tackle a hot topic. At the GC Session this year a request was made to start a biblical hermeneutics study committee. Personally, I think it was a useless request. We already have a document on that topic voted, that many disagree with. Also, as we saw with the Theology of Ordination Study Committee, much time is spent on travel and research, and very little is achieved. […]

Translated book published | Tom de Bruin · April 1, 2016 at 10:53 am

[…] Dutch Adventist church decided to translate and publish the book on women’s ordination that I wrote for the Trans-European Division. There should be a copy for every household in the […]

Doyouunderstandwhatyouarereading? | Tom de Bruin · August 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

[…] Once again I had to tackle a hot topic. At the GC Session this year a request was made to start a biblical hermeneutics study committee. Personally, I think it was a useless request. We already have a document on that topic voted, that many disagree with. Also, as we saw with the Theology of Ordination Study Committee, much time is spent on travel and research, and very little is achieved. It’s called Doyouunderstandwhatyouarereading? which is what Philip asks the Ethiopic eunuch in Acts 8.30. Printing the question as Doyouunderstandwhatyouarereading? already shows how reading and interpreting is not a given, and was a useful way to introduce a religious audience the the topic. […]

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