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.
The five articles in this issue of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry address topics in the fields of church history, systematic theology, Christian education, pastoral ministry, and preaching. The articles are followed by reviews of books in the fields of biblical archaeology, biblical studies, Christian education, textual criticism, and theology, as well as Old and New Testament commentaries.
The first article was penned by Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, and Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Haykin commemorates the bicentennial of the death of Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) by writing about his friendships, which included key figures in the modern missionary movement. In the second article, Günther H. Juncker, Professor of New Testament and Greek at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa Falls, Georgia, argues that the nature of God and existence of evil requires a rejection of meticulous, theistic determinism. In the third article, based on a 2015 Ed.D. dissertation at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, Lora Canter examines current issues related to faith integration within evangelical, faith-based, higher education. In the fourth article, Scott Douglas draws from his Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2013 at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, to identify pastoral skills and qualities for effective ministry in Southern Baptist churches. In the fifth article, Kevin L. Hester, Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Theological Studies at Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee, suggests that Christian preaching should be Trinitarian.
May the Lord use this collection of articles and book reviews to sharpen your mind and deepen your love for Him and for others (Matt 22:36–40).
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