An interesting tension to hold is the one between academic and so-called grounded or “practical” theology; the kind of theology that engages the world and questions of the ordinary and everyday/; the kind of theology that has in view a more general readership, i.e. its not exclusively written for the academy. It operates “between worlds”. Tom Wright does this very well. He adapts and engages a wide readership. Another who seems to do this well is Brad Jersak.
Jersak (from a Mennonite and more recently Orthodox background) has written a book A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel (endorsed by Eugene H. Peterson). Published in April 2015.
“…What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior? 'Believers' and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such 'good cop/bad cop' distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures? Whether our notions of 'god' are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is "the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God's glory and exact representation of God's likeness," what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike—the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be 'cruciform' (cross-shaped) in his character and actions? A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed—a God who Jesus "unwrathed" from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.”
For more from Jersak, I highly recommend his conversation with the team from Nomad. In this conversation, recorded last year, he talks about his book. You will find the podcast here. For more on the book, including sample pages (PDF) go here.