Dr. Andy Chambers Authors His First Book

Dr. Andy Chambers, senior vice president for student development at Missouri Baptist University, watched a dream that began 18 years ago come to fruition this month. Broadman and Holman Academic released his first book “Exemplary Life: A Theology of Church Life in Acts” on Nov. 1.

The book addresses the importance of looking to Luke, the writer of Acts, not only as an historian, but also as a theologian who shares a vision for what life together could be like in the local church.

“We need Luke’s theology, because his voice has not been emphasized enough in thinking about church life today,” said Chambers. “We tend to go to Paul because he wrote to churches, but Luke planted churches with Paul and had well-formed convictions about church life.”

The themes in Chambers’ first book can be traced back to the dissertation he completed 18 years ago.

“Ever since I finished my doctorate, the subject of my dissertation would not let me go,” said Chambers. “The idea for this book burned a hole in my heart for years until I knew I had to write it or let it go.”

Of course, Chambers chose to write the book because of his deep love for the local church and his desire to see churches thriving with the life of Christ. He began the project in 2008 while on a sabbatical leave.

“Exemplary Life: A Theology of Church Life in Acts” is available in the MBU bookstore and can also be ordered online through websites such as www.amazon.comwww.barnesandnoble.comwww.christianbook.com.

Chambers has served as a senior administrator at Missouri Baptist University for more than 12 years. He has spent 16 years teaching Bible, Greek, theology, Christian education and ministry courses and also has 27 years of experience in a variety of church staff positions. He is a regular speaker at conferences and is the author of numerous articles for magazines and journals.

Chambers holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Divinity and Ph.D., both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Missouri Baptist University is a Christ-centered university located in Saint Louis. MBU offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees in education, business and religion and its new terminal degree, the Doctor of Education. In addition to its 66-acre West St. Louis County campus, MBU offers degree programs at 10 regional learning centers throughout Saint Louis, in Southern Illinois and online. For more information, go to www.mobap.edu or call 1-877-434-1115.