We know the bedrock themes upon which the Christian faith stands: creation, fall, redemption, restoration. As Christians, we live within these great moments of God’s plan for humanity and all of his creation. In other words, our lives are part of Christian theology—every part of our lives, even surgery.
As a part of Zondervan’s Ordinary Theology series, The Scalpel and the Cross recounts New Testament professor Gene Green’s encounter with open-heart surgery and carefully examines the many ways in which Christian doctrine spoke into the experience. The result is a short book that avoids shallow explanations and glib promises, instead guiding readers to deeper understanding and enduring hope in the face of one of modern life’s necessary traumas.
About the Author
Gene L. Green (PhD, Kings College, Aberdeen University) professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Before coming to Wheaton in 1996, he served for over a decade as professor of New Testament as well as Academic Dean and Rector of the Seminario ESEPA in San José, Costa Rica. He is the author of two commentaries in Spanish, 1 Pedro y 2 Pedro (Caribe) and 1 y 2 Tesalonicenses (Portavoz), and English commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Pillar Series, Eerdmans) and 2 Peter and Jude (BECNT, Baker). His special research interest is the intersection of the Christian faith and cultures, both ancient and contemporary. Gene has pastored and taught in churches in the United States and Latin America since 1972. He also serves on the board of John Stott Ministries.