Editorial Introduction -- By: Adam Harwood

Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 09:1 (Spring 2012)
Article: Editorial Introduction
Author: Adam Harwood

Editorial Introduction

Adam Harwood, Ph.D.

Adam Harwood is the Associate Professor of Theology, occupying the McFarland Chair of Theology; Director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry; Editor, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

In 2002, Stan Norman founded the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry (BCTM) at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). The next year, he published the first issue of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry (JBTM). In 2004, Norman organized the BCTM’s first conference. His vision and work has resulted in the BCTM hosting several conferences which have gathered some of Southern Baptists’ finest pastor-scholars to address issues which are important for ministry in the local church. Norman now serves as Provost of Oklahoma Baptist University and is a valued friend of NOBTS and the present editor.

As the Provost at NOBTS, Steve Lemke provides administrative oversight at one of the largest seminaries in the world. This is in addition to his classroom instruction, denominational service, and publishing commitments. His responsibilities are legion. In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina displaced the NOBTS faculty, staff, and students. But by God’s provision, President Kelley’s leadership, and Steve Lemke’s oversight, all of the classes continued to meet through offsite and online venues. One year after the storm, NOBTS returned to its rebuilt campus. Since that time, Lemke has served as director of the BCTM and editor of the JBTM. His contribution to the kingdom of God and assistance to Southern Baptists has been immeasurable.

As I transition into the roles of director of the BCTM and editor of the JBTM, I hope to build faithfully upon the work of Stan Norman and Steve Lemke.

This issue of the JBTM focuses on chaplaincy. Most of the articles reflect concerns which are particular to military chaplaincy, but the principles can be applied to other areas of chaplaincy, such as hospital, prison, or workplace, as well as to ministry in other settings. The men and women of the United States armed forces are stationed at military bases throughout the world. Military chaplains serve as resources for those troops who wish to practice the religion of their choice. Like other Christian denominations—and other religions—Southern Baptists endorse qualified individuals who are paid by the military to serve as chaplains among the troops. Such an arrangement between the church and the state is critically important to preserve the free exercise of religion among the troops, but can become difficult due to changing cultural views and legislation, both of which impact this complex church-state re...

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