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Andrew Purves

The Crucifixion of Ministry by Andrew Purves, p. 1 --
Purves challenges readers saying, "The first and central question in thinking about ministry is this: What is Jesus up to? That leads to the second question: How do we get 'in' on Jesus' ministry, on what he's up to?  The issue is not: How does Jesus get 'in' on our ministries?"   Nov/Dec 2006 Theology Matters p. 1

A Name is Not a Metaphor: A Response to "The Trinity: God's Love Overflowing" by Andrew Purves and Charles Partee
Purves and Partee critique the paper on the Trinity being submitted to the 2006 General Assembly for action that suggested calling God, among other names, the "ark, rainbow and dove".  While the article is referencing the paper, the errors in the paper are common errors in the Church today.  The critique applies to more than just this one paper. Does God's name flow from our experience or does he reveal his name and therefore his nature.  Mar/Apr 2006 Theology Matters p. 1  

Jesus Christ: Lord in History by Dr. Andrew Purves, Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of pastoral Theology, Pittsburgh Theological seminary, Pittsburgh, PA.   Purves writes, "the major task of theology is in each generation to come to terms with the stubborn insistence on the part of the New testament and the church throughout history that the Word of God became flesh in Jesus of Nazareth, entering into the frail and finite conditions of creaturliness for us and for our salvation, without ceasing to be what he ever was, is, and always will be: Lord of all."  Mar/Apr 2001 Theology Matters p. 9

A Ministry of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ: A Reformed View of the Atonement of Christ, by Dr. Andrew Purves, Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of Pastoral Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. "The priestly ministry of Jesus Christ is the heart of the doctrine of salvation.  It is also almost everywhere neglected.  It is the corner-stone that carries the christological (the doctrine of Christ), soteriological (the doctrine of salvation) and eschatological (the doctrine of the future hope) weight of the Gospel.  The center of Christian faith is found in the two-fold aspect of Christ's priesthood, in which through his incarnation he took on our human nature, and from within it healed it and made it holy in himself, and which he offers up to God in and through himself on our behalf.  As Son of God, Christ represents God to us.  He is the word of God, Emmanuel.  As Son of Man, Christ represents humankind to God. He is the appropriate response to God from the body of the flesh."  This is a superb teaching on the atonement in a very readable article. Jul/Aug 1997 Theology Matters p. 1