Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 16:1 (Spring 1995)
Article: Editorial
Author: Douglas Moo


Douglas Moo

We easily fall prey to the danger of irrelevance—to answer in great detail questions that no one is asking; to fight battles against foes that no longer exist. The risk is one that is certainly a real one for defenders of the evangelical faith. Precisely because we hold dear “the truth once delivered to the saints,” we can become too easily content with a simple repetition of that faith in traditional terms and in a way that does not engage contemporary mindsets or issues.

Three of our articles in this fascicle treat aspects of this larger issue. Kevin Vanhoozer, of the University of Edinburgh (and a former TrinJ board member), leads off with a programmatic suggestion for the direction of evangelicalism in the postmodern era. John Piper, biblical scholar and pastor, follows with a rather unusual charge: for preachers to follow the lead of contemporary gospel music. From quite a different angle than Vanhoozer, Piper raises the issue of the relevance of the gospel ministry for a contemporary audience. J. Daryl Charles, who is associated with the Wilberforce Forum, completes the triad with a piece on evangelism in the postmodern world. He points us to the Apostle Paul in first-century Athens for a model for engagement with the “neo-pagan” mindset of the world of our day.

Our fascicle concludes with a different sort of article. William Heth, of Taylor University, has been identified for some years as perhaps the most articulate advocate within evangelicalism of a “no remarriage” interpretation of the NT teaching about divorce. He here provides us with a fresh statement of his views in the course of a running dialogue with Craig Keener, who has written a massive volume arguing for a different view of the data.

With this fascicle, one of our student editors, Chris Lang, completes his term of service on the TrinJ board. We have appreciated Chris’s advice on articles and his fine work at the unrewarding task of proof-reading.

Look for the next fascicle of TrinJ sometime in the early winter. We hope to include articles on Martin Marty’s “Fundamentalism” Project and Jesus’ female disciples—along with the usual collection of reviews.

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