Editorial Preface -- By: David W. Baker
This issue of the Ashland Theological Journal honors the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ashland Theological Seminary. The Academic Dean, Dr Dale Stoffer, provides perspective on the occasion, and the events which commemorated it. A significant figure in the history of the institution was Dr H. Frank Hixon, one of the first graduates of Ashland College and also one of its early presidents. His important place in the history of the institution and beyond is highlighted in a major article. We are also pleased to be able to publish the contents of the annual Fall Lecture Series, which this year was delivered by Dr Randall Balmer, an expert on American religious history. His analysis of Evangelicalism, its past, present, and future, is a welcome addition to an ongoing dialog at the Seminary concerning our own identity as an Evangelical institution.
We also include other important material by and about Seminary colleagues, past and present. Dr David deSilva, the Trustees’ Professor of New Testament and Greek at ATS, presents in written form a presentation made at a conference marking the inauguration of the Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible. Dr Jerry Flora, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Spiritual Formation at ATS, directs attention to helpful resources in his area of specialty which derive from the British isles. We also include a review article on a volume authored by an ATS alumnus, Dr Kenneth Archer. This, plus a number of reviews, should provide at least some material of use to everyone. We pray God’s richest blessings on us and you during this special, Advent season.
St Nicolas Eve, 2006
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