Editorials -- By: Charles R. Smith

Journal: Masters Seminary Journal
Volume: TMSJ 01:1 (Spring 1990)
Article: Editorials
Author: Charles R. Smith


Charles R. Smith

With this issue, The Masters Seminary Journal launches its career as a medium for the publication of scholarly articles dealing with the biblical text, Christian theology, and pastoral concerns. As you have noted, or will note, it also contains reviews of current and significant books and occasionally, of articles, relating to these issues. With these emphases in mind, technical articles dealing with such issues as the philosophy of religion, linguistics, or archaeology, will not be included unless they clearly, directly, and significantly contribute to the under-standing or application of God’s written revelation`the Holy Bible. The editors desire that all articles be understandable, not only by seminary professors and other professional scholars, but also by pastors, and, indeed, by any serious students of Scripture.

While most of the articles will be contributed by the faculty members of The Master’s Seminary, the editors will solicit articles and reviews from recognized evangelical scholars, will evaluate voluntary contributions for possible inclusion, and will occasionally include out-standing historical selections from the public domain.

Since the Master’s Seminary is a new institution, having first opened its doors in the fall of 1986, it would seem appropriate to include a brief introduction to the seminary. Under the leadership of Dr. John MacArthur, the seminary was brought into existence for the purpose of offering graduate-level theological education providing four areas of special emphasis: (1) Excellence in biblical scholarship, particularly with respect to the exegesis, exposition, and application of Scripture; (2) A discipleship program designed to develop Christian character qualities in the process of building men of God who are characterized by love for God and for men; (3) A commitment to the local church which involves extensive internship responsibilities in church ministries throughout each student’s seminary career; and (4) A curriculum and a community designed to cultivate leadership skills for effective pastoral, missionary, and evangelistic ministries around the world.

A complete doctrinal statement is published in the annual sem-inary catalog, as well as in a separate publication. The statement is anchored in a solid commitment to biblical inerrancy; emphatic in its emphasis on the sovereignty of God in creation, salvation, sanctification, and in all of history; and staunchly premillennial in its eschatological stance.

It is our fervent prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ will be honored and exalted, either directly or indirectly, on every page of this publication, and that every article and review will c...

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