From The Editor -- By: Robert W. Yarbrough
TRINJ 29:2 (Fall 2008) p. 184
From The Editor
It is usually one to two months from the time I write this editorial until the time it is published. What I write in October may not be true in November or December. But I feel it is safe to go out on a limb and risk a statement apt to retain validity at any time in the foreseeable future: these are tumultuous days. Even after the U.S. presidential election, it is unlikely that domestic political turmoil will suddenly subside. Meanwhile, the pot is sure to continue to boil in areas like the economy, the Middle East, Darfur, China, Russia, energy issues, terrorism, health care, and natural disasters.
Things could improve markedly in any of these areas and still be bad. And it is not unthinkable that any, or all, could grow frighteningly worse.
In such days of geopolitical and financial volatility, what use is theological research and discussion?
Actually it is in times like these as in no other that the Christian is assured by God: “The mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love [Heb. chesed, LXX eleos] shall not depart from you” (Isa 54:10 ESV).
This issue of Trinity Journal is, among other things, an affirmation of God’s steadfast uplifting regard, without which our lives fall victim to the fears and fickleness we see all around.
God is steadfast in proclamation. The second of David Jackman’s two-part series (see Spring 2008 issue for part one) opens this issue. The author calls pastoral readers to renewal in their dedication to foundational tasks despite undeniable crises on every hand. Today’s urgent concerns must not distract from perennial and unchanging ones. Foremost among these is patient and principled care of God’s flock through the Word. Jackman furnishes an example of, and resources for, achievement of that blessed if elusive aim.
God is steadfast in his sovereign goodness. In opening an important exchange TEDS theology professor Thomas McCall voices concern regarding John Piper’s formulations of God’s existence—and in particular, his aseity (existence in himself apart from his creation). Piper responds with careful explanation and qualification. McCall
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concludes with appreciation along with continuing questions and musings. These are matters that richly deserve the most painstaking investigation that our best thinkers can devote to them, not just now for a little while but ongoingly, yea until the Lord returns. McCall and Piper give us all occasion to frame our thoughts afresh and to move forward with humility because of...
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