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 articles in present issue of JBTM were authored to commemorate the centennial of the founding of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Bo Rice (PhD, NOBTS), assistant professor of evangelism and preaching and associate dean of Supervised Ministry and Mentoring Programs at NOBTS, writes in the first article about the evangelistic emphasis of the seminary’s second president, W. W. Hamilton (served 1928-1942). Evangelism is a significant part of the heritage and history of the seminary, as evidenced by the contributions of Hamilton at the institution as well his work among the convention of Southern Baptist churches. In the second article, Scott Moody, assistant professor of preaching at Luther Rice College and Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia, highlights the life and preaching of J. D. Grey, the colorful First Baptist New Orleans Baptist Church pastor (served 1937-1972) and SBC statesman. The third article was penned by Mark A. Rathel (PhD, NOBTS), professor of theology and philosophy at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Florida. Rathel recounts the controversies surrounding the teachings on the atonement by three of its professors: Frank Stagg (served 1945-1964), Theodore Clark (dismissed in 1960), and Fisher Humphreys (served 1970-1990). The final article was co-authored by two NOBTS faculty members, Jeanine Cannon Bozeman, senior professor of social work, and Loretta G. Rivers, professor of social work. In the article, the authors trace the history of social work at NOBTS from the inception of the program in 1954 to the present. The essays concern the history of NOBTS and New Orleans in the fields of evangelism, preaching, theology, and social work. May these articles and the accompanying book reviews be useful for equipping the saints for works of service (Eph 4:11-13), and may its readers be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ in
New Orleans, in the United States, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
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