The relationship between the Old and New Testaments
Heather Kendall has an Honours BA from York University, Toronto, Ontario, with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Latin. The Word Guild awarded her first place in the Books: Biblical Studies category for her Bible study, God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation in 2013.Visit her site
"It's a story that needed to be told, and all sides of the discussion are indebted to Heather Kendall for telling it for us."FRED G. ZASPEL, PASTOR, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
"Heather Kendall has meticulously researched the inner workings and writings of those who have labored over the past four decades to help provide a more accurate way to interpret the Holy Scriptures."GARY D. LONG, FACULTY PRESIDENT, PROVIDENCE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
"Her research has demonstrated to the skeptics of NCT that its teachings are not as novel as they surmised, not as errant as theologians have supposed and not as antinomian as critics have assumed."GARY GEORGE, PASTOR
A History of New Covenant Theology
“Kendall's research is remarkable in setting forth the early participants and why they were motivated to challenge traditions in light of ‘Sola Scriptura’... May you find this work encouraging and engaging to the point of focusing on ‘Christ,’ the mediator of the New Covenant.”
Ronald W. McKinney, Pastor, Kinsey Drive Baptist Church, Dalton, Georgia
“Her well-documented recounting of God’s providence in raising up the New Covenant Theology movement draws in the reader with engaging stories of real people as they wrestled with their own understanding and sometimes with one another in an attempt to be faithful to God’s precious Word.”
Dr. Larry E. McCall, Pastor, Christ’s Covenant Church, Winona Lake, Indiana, Director of Walking Like Jesus Ministries
One Greater Than Moses is a thorough and fascinating look at:
The Christ-centered biblical storyline
Glimpses of New Covenant Theology throughout church history
The origin of the name, New Covenant Theology
Three pillars of New Covenant Theology: the Christ-centered biblical storyline, the doctrines of grace, and a believers-only church
Heather Kendall discusses what New Covenant Theology is, her passion behind the book, and why it's important to study history.
"The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way."
(Psalm 37:23, ESV)
When the Lord saved me at the age of nine, I became a fourth generation believer in an Open Plymouth Brethren family. This group has influenced countless believers to accept the dispensationalist way of understanding Scripture. In the fall of 1971, my husband and I moved from southern Ontario to Sudbury in the north. I walked through the doors of Berean Baptist Church with a Scofield Bible under my arm. John Boyd was preaching a series on the errors of dispensationalism. I was shocked! Barry did not want me to look for a job because we had decided to start a family. Therefore I had plenty of time to search the Scriptures and grapple with the truth. When I became a convinced amillennialist, my mom thought that Mr. Boyd had brainwashed me.
At Berean I also learned about the doctrines of grace. In the Gospel of John, I read of God’s sovereignty in salvation. A few years earlier the Lord had graciously saved Barry from atheism. His salvation is an object lesson in God’s sovereign grace that I will never forget. Because of Barry I had no problem embracing the doctrines of grace.
In the fall of 1993, we were living in North Bay, Ontario. My pastor was a premillennialist. He thought that the apostolic fathers should be closest to the truth. I offered to do some research and write him an essay. As part of my research, I began reading the Bible and became excited seeing Jesus as the promised Seed. I decided that the best way to correct dispensationalism was to go through the Bible chronologically and tell the redemptive story centered in Jesus Christ. The result was A Tale of Two Kingdoms (2006). The last chapter is the essay that I had promised my pastor.
James Shantz, a graduate of Toronto Baptist Seminary, read my book and sent me his Master’s thesis. In it he compared three ways of putting the Bible together: covenant theology, biblical theology and dispensationalism. He became my Internet friend and encouraged me until his death. I had trouble wrapping my mind around covenant theology and trying to understand what those theologians believed. Meanwhile a Reformed Baptist pastor told me I should go to the John Bunyan Conference in Pennsylvania. I was so happy to discover others who believed in the progressive redemptive storyline of Scripture centered in Jesus Christ. I emailed James that his biblical theology storyline was called new covenant theology.
At the John Bunyan Conference I met John Reisinger and Gary Long. In 2013, someone asked me why so many Canadians came to the conference. I replied that John was Canadian. I soon realized my mistake. He is an American who spent a few years in Canada and influenced many people. I decided because of John’s age and my mistake that I should write about the tumultuous history of new covenant theology.
Writing a history about living people is very difficult and dangerous. It is impossible to please everyone. However, I emailed what I wrote to those people whose stories I highlighted. I am indebted to Larry McCall and Jon Zens who sent me copies of original articles from 1977 on. Jon also gave me the names of pastors in church history who exhibited a glimpse of a new covenant theology understanding of Scripture. I am also thankful that Gary Long published The First London Confession of Faith, 1646 Edition, with and Appendix by Benjamin Cox.
In One Greater Than Moses, I trace beliefs similar to new covenant theology throughout church history. The main point of the book explains the struggles of four men who rejected covenant theology for new covenant theology: Gary D. Long, Ronald W. McKinney, John G. Reisinger, and Jon Zens.
I am passionate about this way of understanding how the Old and New Testaments fit together because it exalts Christ.
Moreover the practice of infant baptism in covenant theology offers nonbelievers a false security of salvation. Dispensationalism allows some to accept Jesus as Savior after Jesus returns. This creates a false hope for salvation; for today is the day of salvation. When Jesus returns, it will be too late.
Everyone must answer to God someday. For those who suffer under peer pressure, I pray you will have the courage to search the Scriptures for yourself to accept the truth of the centrality of Jesus Christ. May the story of those four men encourage you!