Editor’s Introduction -- By: David W. Baker

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 36:0 (NA 2004)
Article: Editor’s Introduction
Author: David W. Baker

Editor’s Introduction

David W. Baker

It is our privilege to share yet again the fruit of the labors of Ashland Theological Seminary faculty, alumni, students, and friends. Before introducing these, however, we wish to welcome new members of the ATS faculty and administration. Robert Douglass, an ATS alumnus and Ph.D. candidate in theology at Duquesne University has joined us in the area of worship and music, and Eugene Heacock, who has an M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he is also a doctoral candidate, is the new Executive Director of the Sandburg Leadership Center.

This year we yet again offer a diverse collection of material. Several pieces had their origin in oral presentation. Dr M. Daniel Carroll R. was our Fall Lecture speaker of 2003, and we present a version of one of his presentations, which were very well received. The Seminary hosted a one-day seminar on the family in conjunction with the local chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality

The topic is relevant to everyone in ministry, and it engendered lively discussion. Three of the presentations from that conference are included here. The final oral presentation was by David deSilva, who was an invited lecturer at a Bible exhibition in Canton, which had an impressive response from the community. Another article, by Brenda Colijn, was prompted by a previous Fall Lecture speaker, Dr Clark Pinnock, and his stimulating presentations on ‘openness theology’. The final two articles are by ATS alumni, one pursuing doctoral work and the other active in pastoral ministry. We cherish such contributions from those whose lives our institution has helped shape.

As this holiday season approaches, may you enjoy God’s gracious gifts with friends and family. We trust that these gifts presented here in this volume might bless you as well. As God gave the most wonderful gift of his Son to all who are so undeserving, may you also find opportunity to share his love with others who are in the same places of need where we once were.

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