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The Deacon (Van Dam)

SKU 9781601785114


The Biblical Roots and the Ministry of Mercy Today


The office of deacon is God's gift to His church, but today it is often undervalued, misunderstood, and perceived to be of little importance. In The Deacon , the author considers the Old Testament background for this calling, the deacon in New Testament times and in church history, and the current function of the office. You will rediscover the high and privileged calling of deacons and come to a better understanding of what God requires of them.


  • Author: Cornelis Van Dam
  • Pages: 256
  • Paperback
  • Published in 2021


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Product Details:

  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
    Published:  2021
  • ISBN: ‎ 9781601785114
  • Author:  Cornelis Van Dam


  • Cornelis Van Dam is emeritus professor of Old Testament at Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario.


  • "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

    "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


Table of Contents:

  • Table of Contents:
    Part 1--The Old Testament Background
    1. The Poor in Israel
    2. Providing for the Poor

    Part 2--New Testament Times
    3. Christ's Teaching on the Poor and Needy
    4. Ministering to the Poor in Acts 6
    5. The Office of Deacon
    6. Female Deacon?

    Part 3--The Office of Deacon in the History of the Church
    7. The Testimony of the Early Church and the Heritage of the Reformation
    8. Women and the Diaconate

    Part 4--The Current Functioning of the Office
    9. The Official Position of the Deacon Today
    10. Enabling and Prioritizing
    11. The Diaconal Ministry within the Congregation
    12. The Diaconal Ministry outside the Congregation
    13. The Blessing of the Poor
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