Distinguished Scholar in Residence writes church history bookPosted May 03, 2013
Dr. Everett Ferguson, distinguished scholar in residence, in ACU's Graduate School of Theology, has written a new book, The Early Church and Today. After earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University, he taught Bible, church history and Greek at ACU from 1962-98.
The Early Church and Today is a collection of scholarly articles written for a broad audience by Ferguson, an acclaimed specialist in early Christianity. The topics, taken from the New Testament and other early Christian literature, are relevant for the church today.
The articles are grouped in the following categories: Volume 1, church and ministry; Volume 2, Christian living, biblical interpretation, the Restoration motif, religious liberty, and the book of Acts. Sections range from topics such as "Ministry of the Word in the First Two Centuries," "Women in the Post-Apostolic Church" and "Christian Living in a Pagan Society."
About the Author
Ferguson's expertise and service has led him to receive many honors: the Distinguished Service Award from the North American Patristics Society (2008), the Vestigia Award for Excellence in Early Christian Studies and Service to the Church from the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies (2010), and Christian service awards from Pepperdine University, Harding University, the Christian Chronicle, and most recently the Christian Scholars Conference (2010). Ferguson served on the Council of the American Society of Church History (1983-1985) and the Council of the Association internationale d'etudes patristiques (1995-2007).
In addition to these awards, he has written many books and articles. His editorial work includes three scholarly journals (Restoration Quarterly, The Second Century, and the Encyclopedia of Early Christianity). His books include Backgrounds of Early Christianity; The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today; Church History: From Christ to Pre-Reformation; Inheriting Wisdom: Readings for Today from Ancient Christian Writers; and the latest, Baptism in the Early Church. His publications for ACU Press include Early Christians Speak (volumes 1 & 2).