Journal of Baptist Studies

For those of you familiar with baptiststudiesonline.com, you’ll remember that the Journal of Baptist Studies is a peer-reviewed, fully online journal that is published on the site. The journal has changed editing and operating hands since the previous issue was published in 2010, but today marks the beginning of the relaunch of JBS. Edited by myself and Tony Chute, Associate Dean of the School of Christian Ministries at CBU, JBS 5 is dedicated to the Baptist study of Titus. This issue features articles by Ray Van Neste (Union University), Jeff Straub (Central Baptist Theological Seminary), and Tony Chute (California Baptist University), as well as a selected Baptist bibliography on Titus by me and book reviews by Crawford Gribben (Queen’s University, Belfast), Jason Lee (Cedarville University), Walter Price (Fellowship of the Pass Church, Beaumont, CA), Rick Durst (Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary), and Peter Beck (Charleston Southern University). The table of contents is reproduced below:

THE JOURNAL OF BAPTIST STUDIES

VOLUME 5 (2013)

Editorial, p. 1

Contributors, p. 3

Articles

“Baptists, Pastors, and Titus 1: A History of Interpretation,” by Ray Van Neste, p. 4

“The Legality of Slavery in the Sight of God: Baptists and Their Use of Titus 2 to Defend Slavery,” by Jeff Straub, p. 36

“Reception History of Titus 3 in Baptist Life,” by Anthony Chute, p. 64

“Selected Baptist Bibliography on Titus,” by Matthew Y. Emerson, p. 91

Book Reviews

Bebbington, David W. Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People, reviewed by Crawford Gribben, p. 97

George, Timothy. Reading Scripture with the Reformers, reviewed by Jason K. Lee, p. 101

Iorg, Jeff. The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church, reviewed by Walter Price, p. 105

Liederbach, Mark and Seth Bible, True North: Christ, the Gospel, and Creation Care, reviewed by Rick Durst, p. 109

Leonard, Bill J. The Challenge of Being Baptist: Owning a Scandalous Past and an Uncertain Future, reviewed by Peter Beck, p. 112

Our hope is to publish two issues of the journal each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. If you are interested in submitting an essay on Baptist history, theology, or practice, please feel free to contact Tony Chute at achute at calbaptist dot edu.

You can find out more about the journal by visiting the website.

In addition to the journal, baptiststudiesonline.com contains a myriad of Baptist resources, from confessions and creeds to sermons to important position papers. I’d encourage you to take full use of the site, both for the journal and for this valuable compilation of documents.

We also hope to add PhD dissertation abstracts from the six SBC seminaries in the near future.

I’m grateful to Nathan Finn and Keith Harper at SEBTS for their previous operation of the site; their hard work in compiling Baptist resources is what makes baptiststudiesonline.com continually valuable. I’m also thankful for their dedication to the journal in its previous iteration, and for entrusting it to Tony and me for the future. We look forward to continuing its propagation of Baptist history and scholarship.

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In Christ and the New Creation, Matthew Emerson takes a fresh approach to understanding New Testament theology by using a canonical methodology. Although typically confined to Old Testament theology, Emerson sees fruitfulness in applying this method to New Testament theology as well. Instead of a thematic or book-by-book analysis, Emerson attempts to trace the primary theological message of the New Testament through paying attention to its narrative and canonical shape. He concludes that the order of the books of the New Testament emphasize the story of Christ’s inauguration, commissioning, and consummation of the new creation.