A FedEx Truck just left this copy of God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology on our front doorstep.
Some time back I thought through the timeline on this project. It’s a joy to reflect on God’s faithfulness to me and my family through these years:
Spring 2002, Prof. Mark Seifrid’s Seminar on New Testament Theology introduced me to the discussion of the question of the center of biblical theology, and in reading these discussions I was struck that no one had proposed that God’s glory was central to biblical theology.
October 2002, Finished my first trip through Isaiah in Hebrew, very impressed with the theme of God’s glory in salvation through judgment.
Summer 2004, Presented a paper at the Triennial Conference of the Tyndale Fellowship, responded to by I. Howard Marshall, attended by, among others, G. K. Beale and T. Desmond Alexander.
Spring 2005 (April), Met Bruce Winter at the Wheaton Theology Conference, and he told me that the paper would be published in Tyndale Bulletin.
November 2005, Presented a paper at ETS on “The Center of Biblical Theology in Acts.”
Spring 2006, “The Centre of Biblical Theology: The Glory of God in Salvation through Judgment?” appears in Tyndale Bulletin.
June 24, 2006, Justin Taylor emailed me asking if I had ever considered proposing a book on the center of biblical theology.
September 20, 2006, Justin emails again, and I send him initial proposals.
January 2007, Proposal shaping up, positive emails with JT, Schreiner, and Beale.
January 17, 2007, Discussion of August 2007 or January 2008 as completion dates!
February 7, 2007, Passes first hurdle at Crossway.
February 21, 2007, Offer to publish (contract!) comes from Crossway.
Fall 2008, “The Center of Biblical Theology in Acts” published in Themelios.
January 1, 2010, Completed manuscript submitted to Crossway.
Spring/Summer 2010, Read through the book three different times in various editorial stages.
November 4, 2010, The book arrives at Crossway, and they overnight me a copy.
November 5, 2010, Today the book arrives on my doorstep while we were eating lunch as a family. Our 6 year old son went to the door and came back with a package. Rejoicing and celebration ensues.
Glory to God in the highest.