Introduction To The Current Issue -- By: Anonymous
Introduction To The Current Issue
In this 1985 issue, our contributors discuss a variety of issues surrounding the theological dimensions of interpersonal relationships. Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, uses her theological expertise to articulate a paradigm of Jesus as Friend. In “A Contemporary Model: Jesus as Friend,” she defines this paradigm as it is discussed by Jürgen Moltmann and Sallie McFague, explaining its importance for human relationships as well as the vibrant life of the Church. Her discourse is both provocative and timely.
Our second essay, “The Experiential Value of the Critical Incident,” describes the positive interface between contemporary psychology and biblical Christianity. Written by co-workers at the Joliet Correctional Center, Dr. Santosh Jain and Rev. Gary Greer, this article details experiences that have led each to develop inner sensitivity toward individual suffering and pain. The lessons learned enable the reader to share the experience of both the psychologist and the counselor that there is “an ember of eternal potentiality that glows in the breast of every member of the human family.”
Samuel Hugh Moffett, Professor of Ecumenics at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered “Theology of Missions” during our Fall Lecture Series in October, 1984. In this third selection, his struggle between a “Salvationist” theology of mission versus the more modern “theology of the Kingdom” is instructive and personal. The role of missions and its challenge for the Christian Church’s relationships with the non-Christian world is scrutinized, developing theological lessons in obedience. His message has been kept in style and presentation as he delivered it, with minimal editorial changes to capture the spirit of the address.
Our sermonic piece for this issue is by Rev. Virgil Meyer, for many years Director of Religious Affairs at Ashland College and Associate Dean at ATS. That his sermon is entitled “God Is Love” is appropriate, because Rev. Meyer has personified love to thousands of students and parishoners. A former Moderator of the General and District Conference of the Brethren Church, Virgil has pastored in Iowa, Indiana and Ohio. He is known for his deep compassion and concern as well as the giant bear hug he readily gives anyone within reach.
This completes my fifth and final year as editor of the Ashland Theological Journal. The task has been rewarding and challenging, and I have many individuals to thank for their help and encouragement. It is with mixed emotions that I pass on the mantle, confident that the next five years will find our journal improved in the process.
— David A. Rausch, Editor
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