In 2017, Eerdmans published Church in Ordinary Time: A Wisdom Ecclesiology by Amy Plantinga Pauw. Pauw is Henry P. Mobley Jr. Professor of Doctrinal Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. Her previous books include a commentary on Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and The Supreme Harmony of All: The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards.
From the publisher’s description of Church in Ordinary Time:
Much of Christian theology is focused on the story of Jesus and the promised consummation of all things-but the church spends its life in the gap between them. How can we live more faithfully as Christians in this gap between the resurrection of Christ and the eschaton?
In Church in Ordinary Time, Amy Plantinga Pauw argues that the liturgical season of ordinary time aptly symbolizes the church’s existence as God’s creature in this time between the times. Pauw presents a compact Trinitarian ecclesiology that is attuned to church life in this era of ordinary time. Formal ecclesiologies have largely neglected this ordinary-time dimension of Christian life, she says, and in so doing have virtually ignored the ongoing graciousness of God’s work as Creator. Drawing on the seasons of the church year and the creation theology elaborated in Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, Pauw offers wisdom for daily life in Christian communities of faith.