TC ERT Jan 2008 Vol 32 No 1



  • Editorial: Mission, Vision and Witness
  • Paradigm Shifts in Missiology by Denton Lotz
  • Whither Asian American Evangelical Theology? By Amos Yong
  • Hints from Heaven: Can C. S. Lewis Help Evangelicals Hear God in Other Religions? By Tony Richie
  • Our Journey into the Truth, Beauty, and Holiness of the Gospel by James Danaher
  • The Work of a Dean by Robert W. Ferris
  • Encouragement to Persevere: An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 15:58 by H. H. Drake Williams, III
  • Book Reviews
    • Clark H. Pinnock with Barry L. Callen, The Scripture Principle: Reclaiming the Full Authority of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2006. Reviewed by Carlos R. Bovell.
    • David W. Bebbington, The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press, 2005. Reviewed by Richard V. Pierard.
    • Kevin J. Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005. Reviewed by Terry A. Larm.
    • Mary N. Getui, Tinyiko Maluleke and Justin Ukpong (eds.), Interpreting The New Testament in Africa. Nairobi: Acton 2001. Reviewed by Wesonga Olando.
    • Allan Anderson and Edmond Tang (eds.), Asian and Pentecostal: The CharismaticFace of Christianity in Asia. Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2005. Reviewed by George W. Harper.
    • Ben Witherington III, 1 and 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. Reviewed by David R. Denton.
    • Craig S. Keener, A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. Craig S. Keener The Gospel of John: A Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999. Reviewed by David R. Denton.
    • Jonathan R. Wilson, Why Church Matters: worship, ministry and mission in practice. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2006. Reviewed by David Parker.
    • Michael Nazir-Ali, Conviction and Conflict: Islam, Christianity and World Order. London: Continuum, 2006; Reviewed by David Parker.
    • Richard, Howard and John Morgan (comp. and eds.), In the Shadow of Grace: The Life and Meditations of G. Campbell Morgan. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2007. Reviewed by David Parker.

Editorial: Mission, Vision and Witness

WE COMMENCE A NEW year of publication with a comprehensive overview of the task of Christian witness in the world of the 21st century presented by Denton Lotz, who has recently retired as General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance where he has demonstrated his global vision and understanding in a remarkable period of leadership. Although his paper is directed primarily towards his own denomination, it contains insights, passion and hope that can be shared by all as we develop and implement vision and strategies suitable for this diverse and busy world in which we live.

An interesting aspect of the global nature of the Christian community is addressed by Amos Yong as he analyses the phenomenon of Asian-American theology, of which he is himself a prominent part. His perceptive study of the dynamics and possibilities of this movement has considerable value in itself, but it can also be considered a case-study for similar phenomena involving other host and guest communities in many parts of the world. Responses and reflections from other contexts are welcome.

Casting the vision even wider, Tony Richie invites us to consider once again the fascinating contribution of C. S. Lewis to our Christian understanding and pilgrimage—this time in regard to the theology of religions. In our globalised multi-cultural world, one of the most important and delicate matters is the relationship between religions and their adherents, so further careful thought on this topic is a welcome addition to our faith.

Robert Ferris’ paper, on the work of a theological seminary Dean, born out of many years of personal experience and opportunities to observe and consult in this area in many contexts, provides practical advice and wisdom for the important task of training people for gospel witness and ministry.

In conjunction with this practical approach, spiritual resources are needed for those engaged in the task of living for Christ and sharing his message. So in our concluding Bible study article, Drake Williams turns our attention to a valuable text—showing how the Apostle Paul ‘urges Christians then and now to have steadfast and immovable attitudes. He also encourages us to be busy for God, excelling in the great work that needs to be done in his name. Finally, he encourages Christians to remember the Lord who will reward us, for he will reward the faithfulness of Christians at the end of time.’

David Parker, Editor.