Christian theology in any form is meaningful and useful only when it arises from and then serves and supports the church’s proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus begins David Lumpp’s exploration into the “first things” of theology. Especially since the postmodern turn, there has been renewed focus on the presuppositions of the theological task. Lumpp sharpens this focus by bringing to light the distinctive assumptions and emphases of Christian theology, particularly from a Lutheran perspective. Only by keeping the first things “first” can the trajectory of Christian theology generate meaning for life in today’s world.
David A. Lumpp is professor of theology and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.
“This book stands in the tradition of all those who have regarded theology’s task as faith seeking understanding. I know of no better introduction to the study of theology today than First Things First.”
–Sam Nafzger, former executive director, Commission on Theology and Church Relations for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod