Introduction To The Current Issue -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 16:0 (NA 1983)
Article: Introduction To The Current Issue
Author: Anonymous

Introduction To The Current Issue

Our 1983 issue revolves around the “self.” In the first article, Professor Theron H. Smith, Director of ATS Extension Programs and instructor in pastoral ministries, considers the problem of narcissism and the blight of the exaggerated “I.” He offers concrete suggestions as to how the church should attack this “incalculably harmful” problem. Dr. Douglas E. Chismar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, builds upon the foundation laid by Professor Smith. In “The Christian’s Appeal to Religious Experience,” Dr. Chismar discusses the role of personal testimony “in a culture already beset with narcissism.” Dr. Frederick J. Finks, Vice President for the Seminary, enhances the discussion by relating characteristics and approaches that augment ministry and church growth. “Leadership Profile — New Testament Style” elevates the role of the servant-leader, the antithesis of narcissism.

The sermonic piece for this issue is provided by Dr. Joseph R. Shultz, President of Ashland College and Seminary. In “The Future of the Church,” Dr. Shultz warns against a church representing itself rather than its Lord and offers helpful suggestions to counteract the current trend.

—David A. Rausch, Editor

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