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; and editor, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The four articles in this issue of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry address the topics of persecution and martyrdom, Old Testament theology, Baptist confessions, and New Testament theology. The articles are followed by reviews of books in the fields of biblical studies, theology, and ministry.
J. Tristan Hurley is an adjunct professor at L. R. Scarborough College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In “Finding the Missio Dei in Persecution and Martyrdom,” Hurley revisits the history of North Africa and the teachings of the New Testament to discern the benefit for the church in persecution and martyrdom. In “From ‘Fear’ to ‘the Fear of the Lord’,” Kon Hwon Yang, associate professor of Old Testament Studies at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, California, explores the themes of fear and fear of the Lord in four passages from the book of Exodus. E. Peter Frank Lumpkins is director of TMU Press at Truett-McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia. In “The New Hampshire Declaration of Faith: Reevaluating Its Impact on Baptists in the South During the Nineteenth Century,” Lumpkins presents a persuasive case that a key confession influenced Baptist churches and associations via an earlier version and at an earlier period than most Baptist historians presently identify. In “Evaluating the Points of Congruence and Incongruence between the Doctrines of Justification of John Calvin and N. T. Wright,” Robert F. Littlefield compares the writings of Calvin and Wright on eight doctrinal points to argue that the two are much closer theologically than some critics of the new perspective on Paul might expect.
May the Lord use this issue of JBTM to develop in its readers a critical mind but a gentle spirit, loving God and others (Matt 22:36–40) while pursuing excellence in academic and ministry pursuits.
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