Editorial Introduction -- By: Adam Harwood
Adam Harwood is 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.
Preston Nix, Ph.D.
Preston Nix is Professor of Evangelism and Evangelistic Preaching, occupying the Roland Q. Leavell Chair of Evangelism; Director of the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health; Chairman of the Pastoral Ministries Division at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
This issue of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry is comprised of six articles and thirteen book reviews, all of which are dedicated to the twin topics of the gospel or evangelism. In the first article, Blake Newsom, Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching at NOBTS, dispels misconceptions then identifies the message of the gospel in the person and work of Christ. In the second article, Adam Harwood, Associate Professor of Theology at NOBTS, suggests that the answer to the question of whether the gospel is for all people or only some people depends on whether one affirms that God loves all or only some people salvificially, whether Christ died for all or only some people, and whether God desires to save all or only some people. In the third article, David Allen, Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Preaching at SWBTS, provides a comprehensive biblical-theological case against the view that regeneration precedes faith. In the fourth article, Emir Caner, President and Professor of History and Christian Studies at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia, surveys the historical landscape to clarify the soteriological and evangelistic perspectives of early Southern Baptists. In the fifth article, Timothy W. Mims, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Winona, Mississippi, advocates for and describes a model of ministry called ministry evangelism. In the sixth article, Gary Dennis, Pastor of Old Zion Hill Baptist Church in Independence, Louisiana, explores the reality of spiritual warfare when believers share the message of the gospel. The articles by Mims and Dennis draw upon their doctoral work at NOBTS in the area of evangelism. The six articles are followed by thirteen reviews, all written by NOBTS faculty or Ph.D. students.
It is our desire that these articles and reviews will strengthen your understanding of the message of the gospel of Christ and motivate you to be a faithful witness for Jesus Christ.
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