Biblical and Theological Studies Department
Associate Professor of Theology, Director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics
On Faculty since 2000
Office: BGC 520
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
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.
- BITH 315/316 Christian Thought
- BITH 376 Theologies of Transformation
- BITH 384 Political Theology
- BITH 489 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
- BITH 489 Politics and Culture: Kuyper
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Academy of Religion
- Christian Theological Research Fellowship
- Evangelical Theological Society
- Theology and Culture
- Doctrine of the Church
- Theological Anthropology
The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life. Zondervan, 2015.
“Erasing Race: Racial Identity and Theological Anthropology,” in Black Scholars in White Space. Edited by Anthony B. Bradley. (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2015), 123-138.
“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.
“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, ed. Anthony B. Bradley, P&R Publishing, 2013.
“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.
“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.
“Creation,” in Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom, eds. Bruce Ellis Benson, Malinda Elizabeth Berry and Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Eerdmans, 2012.
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.
“A Response and a Strategy,” in Creation and Salvation: Dialogue on Abraham Kuyper’s Legacy for Contemporary Ecotheology, ed. Ernst Conradie, Brill, 2011.
“Abraham Kuyper” in Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, eds. 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.
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.
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). http://www.wrf.ca/comment/issue/04sp/column1
“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.
“Public Holiness,” Legacy Conference, July 2015.
“A Vision for Public Discipleship,” Hearts and Minds Lecture, July 2015.
“Travels with ‘Father Abraham’”, Coalition for Christian Outreach Staff Training, July 2015.
“The Social Vision of Abraham Kuyper,” Acton University, June 2015.
Kuyper Lecture Respondent, Henry Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, April 2015.
“Toward a Future Kuyper Could Not Quite See,” The 2015 Kuyper Conference: “Faith and Race,” Princeton Theological Seminary, April 2015.
“FLOWing Into a More Robust Faith,” Criswell College, April 2015.
“Get Off the Bench: Eschatology and Ethics,” New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, March 2015.
“Brilliant and Blemished: Learning from the Legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Kuyper,” Redemption Church, Tempe, AZ, March 2015.
“Eschatology and Ethics,” Surge Pastors Lunch, Redemption Church, Arcadia, AZ, March 2015.
“Civility, or Public Sanctification,” Jubilee Conference, February 2015.
“Toward a More Christian Humanity,” Jochum Symposium, Valparaiso University, February 2015.
“Dive In: Faithfulness to God in His World,” Providence Christian College Spring Academic Conference (Three Lectures), Providence College, February 2015.
“From Lament to Hope: Making the Most of Evangelical Faith” 40th Anniversary Celebration and Dedication of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, January 2015.
“On Faith and Work” (3 Messages), The High Calling Retreat, Laity Lodge, Leakey, TX, November 2014.
“Developing a Listening Ear Regarding Race,” John Brown University Chapel message, November 2014.
“It Never Gets Old: Embracing the Past,” Reformation Day NAPRC joint worship service, Beaver Falls, PA, October 2014.
“Taking the Kingdom to the Street,” (Three Lectures), College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church Conference, Beaver Falls, PA, October 2014.
Eschatology and Our Vision for Education, Lunchtime Faculty Address, Geneva College, October 2014.
Chapel Address, Geneva College, October 2014.
“Neocalvinism and Race,” Theologische Universiteit van de Gereformeerde Kerken (Vrijgemaakt) te Kampen, The Netherlands, October 2014.
“Living Our Faith, Not Just Proclaiming It,” Corban University, September 2014
“Telling the Truth About Context: Preserving and Refining Our Theology,” Address to Faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, August 2014.
“Public Discipleship,” Legacy Conference, July 2014.
“The Social Vision of Abraham Kuyper,” Acton University, June 2015.
Sacred Conversations on Social Justice panelist, Elmhurst College, March 2014.
“The First Great Commission, Business and the Baptist Opportunity,” Public Lecture, Southeastern Theological Seminary, March 2014.
“Eschatology and the World of Work,” Southeastern Theological Seminary Chapel, March 2014.
“On Faith and Work,” Redeemer Presbyterian of Orange County Men’s Retreat, March 2014.
“Making the Exceptional the Typical,” Navigators AFAM Congress on Discipleship, March 2014.
“The Gospel and Race,” Calvary Memorial Church, February 2014.
“Public Discipleship,” Jubilee Conference, February 2014.
“Seeking the Best from an Imperfect Tradition: Taking Kuyper's Legacy Forward,” Geneva College, February 2014.
“Christian Engagement in Culture and the Opportunity to Learn from the Challenge of Race,” EFCA Theology Conference, Kansas City, KS, January 2014.
Chapel Message, Westmont College, January 2014.
“Questions on Poverty and Pastoral Ministry,” Kern Fellows Retreat, Fontana, WI, January 2014.
“Persistent and Patient Faithfulness: Living a Theology of Reconciliation,” Manna Christian Fellowship Public Lecture, Princeton University, November 2013.
“Theological Reflections on Justice,” Justice and Bioethics: Toward a Christian Understanding, CBHD Academy of Fellows Consultation, Deerfield, IL, 2013.
Panelist, American Bible Society 250th Anniversary Conference, October 2013.
“Why Abraham Kuyper Matters,” Acton University, Grand Rapids, MI, June 2013.
“Common Grace in Business,” Acton University, Grand Rapids, MI, June 2013.
Response to James Bratt’s Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat, Henry Symposium on Religion and Politics, Calvin College, April 2013.
“Two Lessons from Abraham Kuyper,” Gathering of Unity Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2013.
“Kuyper, The Spirit, and a Kingdom Vision for Humanity,” Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, February 2013.
“The Dream: Not Just for Yesterday,” Regent University Chapel, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, February 2013.
“Christian Political Participation as Enduring Public Faithfulness,” Jubilee Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 2013.
“Theology for the Common Good,” Jubilee Professional, Pittsburgh, PA, February 2013.
“A Biblical View of Life,” Wheaton College Chapel, December 2012.
“The Atonement and the Possibilities for our Life,” Atonement Symposium, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, November 2012.
“The Spirit of Renewal: Work Reimagined,” Gospel and Culture Conference, New York, NY, November 2012.
“Abraham Kuyper and Public Theology,” (3 talks) Paideia Society Annual Retreat, Dallas, TX, October 2012.
“Business as Public Faithfulness,” Paideia Society Friday Symposium, Dallas Baptist University, October 2012.
“Empowering on the Ground: Sphere Sovereignty and Urban Development,” Thriving Churches: Flourshing Communities Conference, Weehawken, NJ, September 2012.
Wheaton College Junior Class Chapel Speaker, January 2012.
Chapel Speaker, East Texas Baptist University, January 2012.
Guest on WORD FM John and Kathy Show, January 2012.
“Another Amazing Grace,” Wisdom and Wonder Book Launch, Grand Rapids, MI, December 2011.
“Business as Public Faithfulness: An Overlooked Opportunity?”, Kuyper College Business Lunch, Grand Rapids, MI, December 2011.
Moderator, “Evangelicals and Catholics: How Much Common Ground”, A Dialogue between Richard Mouw and Fr. Donald Senior, Chicago, IL, November 2011.
“Christians in Public: Citizenship ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven’”, Chicago Semester Guest Speaker, October 2011.
“Wheaton College Women’s Club ‘Listening at Lunch’ Speaker,” October 2011.
Wheaton College Department Chapel Speaker, September 2011.
“Taking Sunday to Monday: Integrating Christian Faith with Culture,” NACC Convention, Cincinnati, OH, July 2011.
“African American Theology”, Wheaton Theology Conference, Wheaton, IL, April 2011.
“Embracing Promise Amid Peril: Culture and Neocalvinism,” The 2011 Kuyper Conference: “Calvinism and Culture,” Princeton Theological Seminary, April 2011.
“Natural Law: Friend of Common Grace?”, Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought Conference, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, February 2011.
Response to The Next Evangelicalism, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2010.
“The Path We Must Take: An Vision for 21st Century (neo) Calvinism,” Calvinism for the 21st Century Conference, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, April 2010.
“Erasing Race,” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 2009.
“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.
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.