Editorial Introduction -- By: Adam Harwood
JBTM 15:1 (Spring 2018) p. 1
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 eight articles in this issue of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry address the topics of baptism, preaching, theological interpretation of Scripture, Romans 9 and reprobation, Southern Baptist ecumenism, and spiritual warfare. The articles are followed by reviews of books in the fields of biblical studies and theology.
Rustin Umstattd is assistant professor of theology and director of the DEdMin program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. In “Credo v. Certo Baptism: How Delaying Baptism May Change its Meaning from Profession of Faith to Evidence of Sanctification,” Umstattd revisits the New Testament to ask whether churches today should look for a credible profession of faith prior to baptizing new believers or whether baptism itself should be regarded as the confession of faith. One’s answer will guide a church’s discipleship of new believers, administration of membership classes, and instruction on the meaning of baptism. In “George Beasley-Murray on the Meaning and Practice of Baptism,” Justin Nalls, Next Generation Team Leader at Ingleside Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia, revisits an influential English Baptist’s writings to suggest that baptism is an expression of faith and should be practiced as soon as a person believes in Christ. In “Form and Substance: Baptist Ecclesiology and the Regulative Principle,” Scott Aniol, associate professor of worship ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, points to English Baptists’ commitment to the regulative principle concerning baptism as an example for Baptists today on every matter of theology and practice in the church.
Larry Overstreet served as professor of New Testament at Corban University School of Ministry in Tacoma, Washington, and is now adjunct professor at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In “Hermeneutical Problem? Homiletical Opportunity!” Overstreet raises six types of interpretive problems that arise and suggests how each one can be addressed in a sermon. In “Pericope-by-Pericope: Transforming Disciples into Christ’s Likeness through the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Gregory K. Hollifield, Assistant Academic Dean and Registrar at Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies in Memphis, Tennessee, explores the value of Theological Interpretation of Scripture for preaching for transformation.
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