Van Dam, Cornelis – The Deacon


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“Deacons are Christ’s priestly heart and arms of mercy reaching to, embracing, and showing compassion to the poor and afflicted. Unfortunately, there are few helpful, compelling books on the deacon s office today. This one is a notable exception. Drawing from his careful research in Holy Scripture and Christian history, Cornelis Van Dam lays out a clear and compelling case for what diaconal ministry should look like today. Highly recommended!” –Joel R. Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Van Dam has provided the church with a very helpful contribution on an essential, though too often undervalued part of its life and ministry. Clearly written and well organized, The Deacon is marked by sound insight throughout in its treatment of the pertinent biblical materials and their theological implications as well as its observations on the office of deacon in the past. The practical instruction it provides for those serving as deacons is balanced and wise. I highly recommend it as a valuable resource both for deacons and for those interested in their work. –Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology, emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Van Dam’s book is an excellent treatment of the work of deacons. Writing from a Reformed perspective, he discusses the biblical foundations (both Old and New Testament), church-historical developments, and practical aspects of the work of deacons today. I plan to prescribe this book as a textbook for diaconal studies at seminary. While the content is rooted in scholarly research, it is written in such a way that deacons, deacons-in-training, and interested church members will enjoy reading and studying the book. –Arjan de Visser, professor of ecclesiology and diaconiology, Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary

About this book:
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Reformation Heritage Books (June 24, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1601785119
  • New, Softcover


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