Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue
MSJ 9:2 (Fall 98) p. 127
As TMS enters her thirteenth year (1998–1999), the number of special opportunities for discipleship have expanded to a new level of variety beyond the normal classroom schedule. Every fall (October), chapel programs feature a special missions emphasis through which missionaries (many of them TMS alumni) and missions executives challenge the students to consider ministry outside of the continental USA.
In early January, a well-known, respected Christian scholar, who has made a notable contribution to biblical/theological studies, comes to campus for a oneweek winterim course. This January, Dr. John Feinberg from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will teach on the crucial subject of “Continuity and Discontinuity.” Winterim is not only for TMS students, but pastors can easily use this time as a week of “continuing education” (TMS alumni pay no tuition).
Then in the spring, time is set aside in chapel for a special Faculty Lecture Series. In the recent past, the subjects of Spiritual Warfare, Futuristic Premillennialism, and Hell have been addressed. The subject in 1999 will be Biblical Covenants. Another great opportunity for TMS students and pastors is the annual Shepherds’ Conference at Grace Community Church (March 10-14, 1999).
After graduation (May 9, 1999), the two-month summer school (May-June) begins immediately. Dr. Eric Alexander from Glasgow, Scotland, will not only speak at graduation, but remain on and teach a course on Expository Preaching (May 10-15, 1999). This would also make an exceptional week of continuing education for pastors. Dr. Irv Busenitz will be leading our three-week study trip to Israel in May 1999, which is conducted in conjunction with The Master’s College IBEX Program. In addition to all of these, scores of TMS students will scatter all around the globe, leading or participating in an impactful short-term missions program sponsored by the Outreach Ministry of Grace Community Church. Summer is truly a treasure of special opportunities for TMS students, alumni, and interested pastors.
This issue of TMSJ contains the messages delivered during Winter 1998 in the Faculty Lecture Series-”Hell: Never, Forever, or Just for Awhile?” It has been reported that when C. S. Lewis read a certain inscription on a gravestone, “Here lies an atheist all dressed up with no place to go,” he commented wryly, “I’ll bet he now wishes that were true.” In recent years, a few noted evangelical scholars have questioned the doctrine of eternal, conscious damnation in the lake of fire for those who have not embraced Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The lecture series and thus this issue of TMSJ set out to determine and declare what the Scriptures actually teach o...
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