Editorial Preface -- By: David W. Baker

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 39:0 (NA 2007)
Article: Editorial Preface
Author: David W. Baker


Editorial Preface

David W. Baker

This issue of the Ashland Theological Journal, like all which have preceded it, is dedicated to the service of God and his Kingdom. While it is a pleasure to minister in his name from the pulpit, the lectern, or the counseling office, it is also a high calling to minister to you whose faces we cannot see, those actively involved in ‘front-line’ work for God. An aspect of God’s Kingdom is the topic of an article by Dr. Gene Heacock, Executive Director of the Sandberg Leadership Center which is providing excellent service for leadership transformation in the church and society. Dr. David Mann of the ATS counseling faculty provides help in an area all too needful for today’s minster, prevention of ministry burnout. David Ray, a recent graduate, shows that church conflict, a frequent cause of pastoral stress, is not limited to today’s church, but has been evident since early in the life of the church. More current conflict is the subject of an article by Dale Walker of Asbury Seminary. It is one of several presentations earlier this spring on the encounter between Christianity and Islam. Also included is a fictional presentation by a recent graduate, Ryan McLaughlin, showing that one’s thinking can usefully be piqued in other ways than academic reflection. We hope that there is much among these, as well as the various reviews, which might encourage, and challenge each of you.

This issue reaches you ate a different time of year than is customary. We are initiating changes so that publication preparations may be done during the summer rather than during the already overburdened academic year.

September 5, 2007


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