Vincent Bacote, Ph.D.

Wheaton in Chicago

Associate Professor of Theology, Director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics
On Faculty since 2000

Office: BGC 520
Phone: (630)752-5278
Email:

Education

Ph.D. - Drew University (Theological and Religious Studies, 2002)

M.Phil. - Drew University (1999)

M.Div. - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (emphasis in Urban Ministry, 1994)

B.S. - The Citadel (Biology, 1987)

About Vincent Bacote

Director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics

One of Abraham Kuyper's most famous quotes is: "There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: Mine!" This quote gets to the heart of the way I view theology and the Christian faith. It is important to recognize that our faith is not reserved for some kind of Christian ghetto. It ought to impact every facet of our lives and society. I hope to create this kind of passion in students as they study theology, a truly exciting subject.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 111 Theology of Culture
  • BITH 315/316 Christian Thought
  • BITH 384 Political Theology
  • BITH 489 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • BITH 489 Politics and Culture: Kuyper
  • BITH 561 Theological Anthropology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Christian Theological Research Fellowship
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Research
  • Theology and Culture
  • Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • Doctrine of the Church
  • Theological Anthropology

Publications

“How Should I Live?” in Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language, eds. Gary M. Burge and David Lauber, IVP Academic, 2014.

“Beyond Faithful Presence: Abraham Kuyper’s Legacy for Common Grace and Cultural Development,” Journal of Markets and Morality 16, no. 1 (Spring 2013), 195-205.

Bacote, Vincent., ed. UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary. Precepts for Living® 2012-2013. Based on the International Uniform Lessons. Vol. 15. Chicago:UMI, 2012.

Bacote, Vincent., ed. Precepts for Living®Annual Commentary: Pastor’s Edition 2011-2012. 5th edition. Chicago:UMI, 2012.

Bacote, Vincent., “Ethnic Scarcity in Evangelical Theology: Where are the Authors?” in Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions. Edited by Anthony B. Bradley, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2012.

“Natural Law: Friend of Common Grace?” in Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought, eds. Jesse Covington, Bryan McGraw and Micah Watson, Lexington Books, 2012.

“African American Theology: Retrospect and Prospect” in Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective: Exploring the Contextual Nature of Theology and Mission, eds. Jeffrey P. Greenman and Gene L. Green, IVP Academic, 2012.

“A Perennial Moment of Opportunity,” Comment, (August 7, 2012).

“Creation,” in Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom, eds. Bruce Ellis Benson, Malinda Elizabeth Berry and Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Eerdmans, 2012.

“More ‘Elephant Room’ Noise,” UrbanFaith.com, February 8, 2012.

“More Than Victims: The Benefits of a Theological Vision,” in Keep Your Head Up: America’s New Black Christian Leaders, Social Consciousness, & The Cosby Conversation, ed. Anthony B. Bradley, Crossway, 2012.

“A Response and a Strategy,” in Creation and Salvation: Dialogue on Abraham Kuyper’s Legacy for Contemporary Ecotheology, ed. Ernst Conradie, Brill, 2011.

Editor, UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary. Precepts for Living® 2011-2012. Based on the International Uniform Lessons. Vol. 14. Chicago:UMI, 2011.

Editor, Precepts for Living®Annual Commentary: Pastor’s Edition 2011-2012. 4th edition. Chicago:UMI, 2011.

“Abraham Kuyper” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, eds. Ian A. McFarland, David Fergusson, Karen Kilby and Iain Torrance, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

“Introduction” to Wisdom and Wonder: Common Grace in Science and Art, by Abraham Kuyper. Christian’s Library Press, 2011.

“Surprised by the Spirit,” Comment,(November 30, 2011).

“The Questions Remain on Bell, Hell,” The Christian Post, April 18, 2011. http://www.christianpost.com/news/the-questions-remain-on-bell-hell-49879/

“Burning Questions” review of Love Wins, UrbanFaith.com, March 28, 2011. http://www.urbanfaith.com/2011/03/burning-questions.html

“Ask the Professor: Farewell Rob Bell?”, UrbanFaith.com, March 5, 2011.

“Letter to a Young Black Scholar,” Comment (Spring, 2011), 40-41.

Editor, UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary. Precepts for Living® 2010-2011. Based on the International Uniform Lessons. Vol. 9. Chicago:UMI, 2010.

Editor, Precepts for Living®Annual Commentary: Pastor’s Edition 2010-2011. 3rd edition. Chicago:UMI, 2010.

“The Poison Cup,” Comment (April 30, 2010).

Editor, UMI Annual Sunday School Lesson Commentary. Precepts for Living® 2009-2010. Based on the International Uniform Lessons. Vol. 9. Chicago:UMI, 2009.

“African American Theology Reconsidered,” Books and Culture, September/October 2009, 26-27.

“Dilemma and Opportunity,” Comment, 7 August 2009.

“For everything there is a season,” Comment, 22 May 2009.

“Abraham Kuyper’s Rhetorical Public Theology with Implications for Faith and Learning,” Christian Scholar’s Review 37:4 (2008), 407-425.

“Faux Authenticity?,” Comment, 22 February 2008.

“John Calvin on Sovereignty,” in The Sovereignty of God Debate, eds. D. Stephen Long and George Kalantzis, Cascade Books, 2008.

“Church As a Lifestyle: Distinctive or Typical?,” in This Side of Heaven: Race, Ethnicity, and Christian Faith, eds. Robert J. Priest and Alvaro L. Nieves, Oxford University Press, 2007.

"Everybody's Business," EFCA Today, Fall 2006, 26-27.

"Racism: Does the Struggle Continue?," Comment 32:1 (August 2006)

"Reading the Bible. . .and Listening for the Spirit," Comment 26:14 (March 2006).

"Bringing Faith to Life," EFCA Today, Winter 2005, 12.

The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper, Baker Academic, 2005.

"Justice" in Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, eds. Kevin Vanhoozer, Craig R. Bartholomew, N.T. Wright, and Daniel J. Treier, Baker Academic, 2005.

With Stephen R. Spencer, "What are the Theological Implications for Natural Science," in Not Just Science: Questions Where Christian Faith and Natural Science Intersect, eds. Dorothy F. Chappel and E. David Cook, Zondervan, 2005.

"What is to be done in theology?," Comment 24:14 (September 2005).

"The Spirit and Institutions," Comment 23:13 (August 2005).

"A Call for the Thought Police," Comment 22:8 (October 2004).

"Gifts from Father Abraham," Comment 22:3 (April 2004).

Co-editor with Dennis Okholm and Laura Miguelez, Evangelicals and Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics, InterVarsity Press, 2004.

“An Alternative to Victory,” Comment 22:2 (March 2004).

“Common Grace and “Spiritual Stewardship”: Guidance for Development?” Princeton Theological Bulletin 24:1 (2003), 84-93.

"What's This Life For?: Expanding the View of Salvation," in What Does it Mean to Be Saved?: Broadening Evangelical Horizons of Salvation, Baker Academic, (November 2002).

"Fade to White? or How White is Evangelical Theology?" in Church of the New Millenium - True Unity in the Church. Moody Press, 2002.

(Panel participant) "The Anti-Moderns: Six postmodern Christians discuss the possibilities and limits of postmodernism," Christianity Today, November 13, 2000, 74-80.

"The New Scarlet Letter," Christianity Today, November 13, 2000, 98-99.

"Coming to Terms with My Otherness," in Best Christian Writing 2000. Harper Collins, 2000.

"Say Amen, Somebody," ChristianityToday.com, November 22, 1999.

"Coming to Terms with My Otherness," re:generation quarterly, 5:2 (Summer 1999), 8-9.

"While Pinnick Seeks Answers," re:generation quarterly, 5:1 (Spring 1999), 5.

"Why I Want a Private Jet: Private Jets and Stewardship," re:generation quarterly, 4:4 (Winter 1998-1999), 39-40.

"Theological Method in Black and White: Does Race Matter at All?" in The Gospel in Black and White: The Role of Theology in Racial Reconciliation, Inter Varsity Press, 1997.

"Called Back to Stewardship: Recovering and Developing Kuyper's Cosmic Pneumatology," Journal for Christian Theological Research, [http://apu.edu/~CTRF/articles/1997_articles/bacote.html] 2:3 (1997).

"When Will There be Room in the Inn?: Minorities and Evangelical Leadership Development," Urban Mission, December 1994, 25-33.

Presentations

“Public and Private Christian Discipleship”, IDT, Calvary Church, Naperville, IL, July 2009.

“Embracing God’s Will,” Wheaton College Faculty Series Chapel, March 2009.

“The Surprising Neocalvinist Mandate for Diversity,” Act 3 Luncheon Lecture, March 2009.

“Everybody’s Business: Embracing Theology,” Jubilee Conference, February 2009.

“Good for Your Whole Life: The Centrality of Theology,” Jubilee Conference, February 2009.

“Theology and Politics,” Following Christ 2008 Conference, December 2008.

Moderator, “Too Reformed to Be Evangelical,” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2008.

Respondent, “Negotiating the Destination: The Role of Context”, Younger Scholars Consultation, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2008.

“Evangelism and the World” (with Jon Tyson), Envision 08 Conference, June 2008.

Response to Randall Ballmer, Envision 08 Conference, June 2008.

“Schilder Takes Kuyper to Church,” Theologische Universiteit van de Gereformeerde Kerken (Vrijgemaakt) te Kampen, The Netherlands, June 2008.

Guest Lectures on Common Grace, Tyndale Theological Seminary, Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands, June 2008.

Panelist, A Call to An Ancient Evangelical Future: On the Primacy of the Biblical Narrative, Northern Seminary, November 2007.
"Abraham Kuyper and Neocalvinism," North Park University Honors Program, November 2007.

Respondent, Younger Scholars Consulatation, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2007.

"Christian Worldviews and Education: Discovering Purpose, Meaning and Responsibility," Redeeming Reason Conference, University of Chicago, November 2007.

"Biblical Diversity," West Suburban Evangelical Fellowship, October 2007.

"Erasing Race," Fuller Seminary, August 2007.

Engaging the "E" Words: Emergent, Evangelical, and Ecclesiology, Cornerstone Festival, Bushnell, IL, June 2007.

God's Creativity, Panel Discussion, Evangelical Free Church of America Leadership Conference, Eden Prairie, MN, June 2007.

"It's Not Political Correctness: A Biblical Apologetic for Diversity," Evangelical Free Church of America North Central District Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 2007.

"A Theology of Work," Faith Beyond Sunday: A Conference on Faith and Work, Princeton University, March 2007.

"Erasing Race," Erasing Hate Tour, Borders Books, Wheaton, IL, February 2007.

"Is Diversity Biblical?," Wheton College Solidarity Week, January 2007.

"The Supremacy of Christ and Christian Unity," Martin Luther King Community Service, Port Huron, MI January 2007.

"Desperately Seeking Identity," SONS Ministry, Port Huron, MI, January 2007.

"Practical Strategies for Crossing the Racial Divide," Pastor's Breakfast, Port Huron, MI, January 2007.

"Resisting the Constantinian Temptation: A Neocalvinist Appreciation of John Howard Yoder," Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2006.

“Prepare to Engage God’s World,” Covenant Christian Academy Fundraising Banquet, Chicago, IL, November 2006.

"A Missional Church Essential: The Neo-Kuyperian Mandate for Diversity," The Missonal Church and the Kingdom of Christ (A Conference by Act 3), First Reformed Church, South Holland, IL, November 2006.

"John Calvin on Divine Sovereignty," Forum for Evangelical Theology, Garrett Theological Seminary, November 2006.

Address to the Board and Chapel Speaker, Kuyper College, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2006.

Chapel Speaker, Crossway/Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL, October 2006.

"It's Not Political Correctness: A Biblical Apologetic for Diversity," Evangelical Free Church of America Leadership Conference, Denver, CO June 2006.

"Going Public: Reviving Kuyper in the United States," Theologische Universiteit van de Gereformeerde Kerken (Vrijgemaakt) te Kampen, May 2006.

"Abraham Kuyper and Public Engagement," Tyndale Theological Seminary Chapel (four sessions), Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands, May 2006.

"Inerrancy and Infallibility," Presentation to Evangelical Student Group, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, March 2006.

Faculty Forum on The Spirit in Public Theology, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL, March 2006.

"Following Kuyper's Steps: The Neocalvinist Mandate for Social Justice," Redeemer University College Social Justice Week, Hamilton, Ontario, March 2006.

"The Church's First Great Commission," Jubilee 2006, Pittsburgh, PA, February 2006.

"Toward Understanding and Appropriating a Great Tradition," Jubilee 2006, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006.

"Spiritual Public Theology: Advancing Abraham Kuyper's Legacy," Calvin College, February 2006.

"Not for Whites Only: The Multi-cultural Relevance of Neo-Calvinism." Searching the Sacred Lecture, Hope College, October 2005.

"I Kissed Colorblindess Goodbye," Covenant College, February 2005.

"A Neo-Kuyperian Assist to the Emergent Church," Covenant College, February 2005.

"Does Christianity Require Ethnic Suicide?" Covenant College, February 2005.

"A Neo-Kuyperian Foray into the Postmodern World: An Aid to the Emergent Church," Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2004 (With Daniel Pylman, a Mentor Guided Scholarship Project, Wheaton College).

"Public Theology: The Case of Abraham Kuyper. A Conversation between Vincent Bacote and Richard Mouw" Fuller Theological Seminary, July 2004.

"A Reformational Worldview." Covenant Christian Academy of Chicago, October 2003.

"Public Theology and Other Faiths: Can We Be Informed by Non-Christians?" Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, November 2002. (With Nathaniel Smith, a Mentor Guided Scholarship Project, Wheaton College)

"Fade to White? or How White is Evangelical Theology?" Midwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March, 2002.

Panel Response to Brenda Salter-McNeil, African-American Church Lecture Series, Wheaton College, February 2002.

"Common Grace and "Spiritual Stewardship": Guidance for Development?" Inaugural Consultation of the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, February 2002.

Respondent, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School-Wheaton College Race/Ethnicity Writing Group, January 2002.

"What's This Life For?: Expanding the View of Salvation," Regent College Theology Conference, October 2001.

Black History Month Speaker (3 lectures), Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, February 2001.

"Not for Whites Only: The Multi-cultural Relevance of Neo-Calvinism." Wheaton College Office of Multicultural Development Faculty Lecture Series, January 25, 2001.

Respondent, North Park Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, September 2000.

"Why Theology Matters," Vine Conference, Fontana, Wisconsin, September 2000.

"An Unappreciated Gem: Horace Bushnell's Doctrine of the Trinity," Mid-Atlantic American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, March 1998.

"Which Path is Best: Options in Public Theology," Evangelical Philosophical Society at the Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, November 1998.

"Liberation from the Intellectual Ghetto: Setting Doctrine Free to Embrace and Invigorate Life," Christian Theological Research Fellowship, Additional Meeting, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, November 1998.

"The Benefits of Narrative and Sociological Approaches to Ecclesiology," Panel Discussion, New Projects in Systematic Theology, Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, November 1997.

"A Harnessed Individual and a Legitimated Plurality: Suggestions for Postmodern Evangelical Ecclesiology," American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Evangelical Theology Group, November 1997.

"Theological Method in Black and White: Does Race Matter at All?," Wheaton Theology Conference, April 1996.

"Called Back to Stewardship: Recovering and Developing Kuyper's Cosmic Pneumatology," American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Systematic Theology Group, November 1996.

Reviews

The Decline of African-American Theology: From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity, Thabiti Anyabwile. Prism, July/August 2008.

Speaking My Mind: The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles the Tough Issues Christians are Afraidto Face, Tony Campolo. Prism, March/April 2005.

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul and Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive, John Eldredge. Christianity Today, November 2003.

God and the Constitution, Paul Marshall. Family Policy Review, Fall 2003.

Pneumatology, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, and Gift and Giver, Craig Keener. JETS, forthcoming.

Portraits of God: A Biblical Theology of Holiness, Allen Coppedge. JETS, December 2002.

The Original African Heritage Study Bible, King James Version, Cain Hope Felder, ed. JETS, December 1996.

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