CBU dean leads team of experts writing on “The Love of God”

Published Aug 30, 2016

Riverside, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2016) – Dr. Chris Morgan, dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University, recently finished editing “The Love of God,” which will be released by Crossway publishing on Sept. 30.

The book is the seventh volume in the series “Theology in Community” that aims to unpack the biblical and theological teachings on historic and contemporary theological issues. Morgan, who is also a professor of theology at CBU, has served as general editor for each of the volumes.

Morgan said the goal of the book is to present a biblical view of the love of God from the perspectives of the Old Testament, New Testament, biblical theology, systematic theology, apologetics, missions and social justice.

“The Love of God” is written for thoughtful church members, pastors, as well as college and seminary students, Morgan said.

“We can have a tendency to make love (only) about ourselves,” Morgan said. “We need to view love in light of God and the Bible’s own teaching.”

Morgan assembled a team to write on issues such as: “Distorting the Love of God?”; “Is the God of the Old Testament a God of Love?”; and “How Does God’s Love Inspire Social Justice?” The book has 10 chapters.

“One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most in this project is finding high caliber experts in their disciplines that could come together to write about the love of God and address important current questions,” Morgan said.

Contributors include accomplished evangelical scholars D. A. Carson, Mariam Kamell, Andreas J. Köstenberger, Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Robert L. Plummer, and more.

Morgan also contributed a chapter, “How Does the Trinity’s Love Shape our Love for One Another?” He said the ultimate purpose of every Christian’s life is to bring glory to God, but that many never consider how Jesus’ command to love others brings glory to God. Morgan’s essay seeks to address how and why love for one another is shaped by the love of the Trinity.

For Morgan, the love of God is a boundless topic.

“I’ve been captured by the love of God. God’s love is infinite in its depths and heights and I’m fascinated to see how it relates to everything in the Christian life,” Morgan said.