Editorial Introduction: Baptists And The Doctrine Of Salvation -- By: Steve W. Lemke

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 07:1 (Spring 2010)
Article: Editorial Introduction: Baptists And The Doctrine Of Salvation
Author: Steve W. Lemke


Editorial Introduction: Baptists And The Doctrine Of Salvation

Steve W. Lemke

No doctrine is more central to the Christian faith than the doctrine of salvation, and issues related to this doctrine has been debated through the years from a variety of perspectives. This issue of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry focuses on a couple of recent books which center on soteriology (the doctrine of salvation), although they both address numerous theological issues. Authors from diverse perspectives have been sought to evaluate each of these books, both published by Broadman and Holman, from their own perspective.

Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five Point Calvinism: Reflections on the John 3:16 Conference, ed. David Allen and Steve Lemke

The Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, along with Jerry Vines Ministries and five other Baptist seminaries and colleges, helped sponsor the John 3:16 Conference several years ago at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia. The speakers at the conference included four former presidents of the SBC, three SBC entity heads, and the deans of three of the largest SBC seminaries. Flowing from that conference is a book entitled Whosoever Will: A Biblical- Theological Critique of Five Point Calvinism: Reflections on the John 3:16 Conference, co-edited by David Allen and by Baptist Center Director and John 3:16 Conference speaker, Steve Lemke. The contributors included nine different faculty members from four Baptist seminaries and colleges. Because I serve as Editor of the Journal, I had some reluctance to give our book this amount of attention. However, Whosoever Will has been something of an instant success, ranking number 1 at various times in four different categories in the amazon.com sales rankings (“Baptist,” “Systematic Theology,” “Calvinism,” and “Other Denominations”). Although more technical theological works rarely sell widely, Whosoever Will has ranked as high as in the top 8,000 of the hundreds of thousands of books sold on amazon.com. Furthermore, on the christianbooks.com website, Whosoever Will was ranked 19th out of 2,166 books in the area of “Doctrinal Theology,” and has been ranked first in the “Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom” category. A copy of Whosoever Will has even been included in a time capsule dedicated at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Therefore, I believe it has drawn attention sufficient to validate a multiperspectival response.

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