Ten years. That's right. Ten years. Who would have believed that the fledgling effort to launch this journal in the Spring of 1998 could have survived, much less develop into the growing enterprise that constitutes SCJ today.
I do remember the night the idea that was percolating in my mind to start an academic journal to represent Christian Churches (independent) in particular but the wider Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in general came out into the open. Chris DeWelt, then president of College Press, had swung through St. Louis to meet with me in my office at Saint Louis Christian College on a Sunday night in 1997 to talk about the status of my 2 Corinthians commentary for the NIV College Press Commentary Series. After talking briefly about that, I asked him about other efforts I had heard about to launch a journal. When he said they had not come to fruition, I asked the burning question, "Do you still want to start one? Because if you do, I think I can put together a team to pull it off." When he said, "Yea, I think so," that was all I needed to hear. I quickly contacted the young, ambitious scholars from Christian churches (independent) that I had been thinking aboutPaul Kissling (Old Testament), Jon Weatherly (New Testament), and Richard Knopp (philosophy)and those from Churches of Christ (a cappella) I had in mindDoug Foster (history) and Paul Pollard (NT)and we became the editorial board for the first three years.
Since then others have come on to the editorial board and a consulting board of 16 was added in 2005 and currently numbers 17. SCJ also left the nest of College Press in 2005 to form Stone-Campbell International, a non-profit entity established to promote and preserve scholarship in the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. SCJ Conference at which hundreds of scholars, students, and ministers gather annually for mutual support and stimulation since 2001, has becoming bigger and better every year. SCJ has sponsored an annual lecture at the North American Christian Convention since 2001.The stone-campbelljournal.com website, begun in 2002 and scheduled for a breathtaking re-launch any moment, has had thousands of visitors from all over the world.
Four people who deserve public recognition for their crucial part in SCJ over the years should be mentioned in this edition that celebrates ten years of SCJ. Two people whose names always appear in the fine print of the inside front cover but probably go unnoticed are Shy and Dan Rees. Shy has copyedited all twenty issues of SCJ and Dan has typeset them. They continue to be a great team to work with. Two other people do not appear anywhere on the journal, Jeff Derico and Joni Sullivan Baker (my wife). Both have been invaluable consultants especially in the last few years of transition and development. Also deserving of recognition is Cincinnati Christian University, which has been highly supportive of this enterprise, both personally and institutionally.
Finally, warm thanks goes to subscribers, especially the 130 or so
original subscribers who have stood by SCJ through our many stages of growth. Thanks also to our new group of financial supporters we call Millennial Scholars (yes, a nod to Millennial Harbinger) who have become initial donors to our annual fundraising effort to support the services of Stone-Campbell International that go beyond the printing and mailing of two issues a year to subscribers.
Fittingly, this volume features an article that evaluates the scholarship in Christian Churches (independent) since the separation from Disciples began in 1923. This article is the last in a series on this topic, the first concerning scholarship in Churches of Christ (a cappella) by Mark Hamilton in 9.2, the second concerning scholarship in the Disciples of Christ by Eugene Boring in 10.1. This article, written by Paul Kissling, Tony Springer, and myself, documents the encouraging signs of resurging scholarship in Christian churches, with over 65 Ph.D.'s accounted for in biblical and related studies. The work of most of them is probably unknown to SCJ readers, but we have tried very hard to publish this information throughout the article. If we have missed accounting for someone, please let me know and we will publish an addendum in the future. They deserve this recognition for the sacrifices they and their families have made to complete their various dissertations and writing projects, and SCJ is pleased to be able to provide it.
That's what SCJ is in this to do. Hopefully, many more articles will appear from these scholars and others for SCJ readers to profit from in future issues.
Also appearing in this issue is one of the fine lectures given by
Eckhard Schnabel at the 2007 SCJ Conference. Jam-packed with data
on Paul's travels, it challenges the notion of referring to Paul as conducting just three missionary journeys, when in fact he was conducting missionary work throughout all phases of his life after his conversion. Shawn Smith and Ross Moret provide two more articles in SCJ's growing collection on open theism. Smith challenges the claims of some open theists who wish to link their views to Justin Martyr. Moret astutely observes that, however biblical based open theism might or might not be, this understanding of God is inextricably linked to current North American trends in other related fields.
Finally, the seventh annual SCJ Conference, again hosted by Cincinnati Bible Seminary -- Graduate Division of Cincinnati Christian University, will be April 11-12, 2008 (8:30 AM, Fri - Noon, Sat). The theme is Back to the Future: Searching for Theology in the Stone-Campbell Movement. Guest lecturers include: Richard Hughes (Senior Fellow, Ernest L. Boyer Center, Distinguished Professor of Religion Messiah College) who will present "Converted Anew to Christ by Barton W. Stone," James Duke (Professor of Christianity and History of Christian Thought, Brite Divinity School) who will present Theology and Hermeneutics of the Early Stone-Campbell Movement," and Richard Cherok (Professor of Church History, Cincinnati Christian University) who will present, "The Apologetics of Alexander Campbell."
Other related papers or papers on other biblical, theological, or
historical topics are sought for parallel sessions from experienced and student scholars. Send your paper title (no abstract required) to me by December 1, 2007, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information and online registration is available on the SCJ website (stone-campbelljournal.com) or from conference registrar, Sue Fisher (email@example.com; phone: 513-284-5853). A formal student paper competition will occur at undergraduate and graduate levels. Contact Rick Cherok (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than December 1, 2007, for the details.
William R. Baker, Editor
Three generations since the split with the Disciples of Christ has seen scholarship in Christian Churches (independent) rebuild from its damaged status. With over 65 scholars in biblical, theological, and historical fields in this fellowship of churches, publications both academic and popular are beginning to appear, encouraged by such things as the Stone-Campbell Journal and the SCJ Conference. A solid path has been laid by scholars fully committed to Scripture, scholarship, and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement to be followed by the growing number of younger scholars who are emerging.
Inclusivists argue that Justin Martyr was an inclusivist like themselves. Previous research has demonstrated that he was not a pluralist or an optimistic inclusivist. Distinguishing between an optimistic and pessimistic inclusivist, Justin should not be regarded as an inclusivist even of the pessimistic sort. His label of Christian for some ancient philosophers was figurative, and even if literal, its association with pre- Christian philosophers who had access to special revelation does not coincide with popular inclusivist expositions.
Open theism is a major point of controversy within the current evangelical community. Thus, the arguments regarding open theism must be understood to the greatest extent possible by all those who have a vested interest in evangelicalism. This study contends that open theism, although it is derived specifically from the biblical texts, is largely a product of recent political, social, and intellectual trends in North America.
It has often been assumed that Paul targeted the major cities in the provinces in which he engaged in missionary work; indeed, his mission has been described as a metropolis mission. This essay investigates the various phases of Pauls missionary work, beginning with his work in Damascus and in Arabia right after his conversion until his visit to Crete shortly before he was imprisoned for a second time. The available evidence of Pauls letters and of Lukes account in the book of Acts does not support the theory that Paul strategically targeted the major cities. Pauls method of selecting cities for missionary work cannot be described with a simple formula because the locations of his ministry were determined by the particular situation of time, place, and opportunity.
Timothy L. Wood, Agents of Wrath, Sowers of Discord: Authority and Dissent in Puritan Massachusetts
Ben Brewster, Torn Asunder: The Civil War and the 1906 Division of the Disciples
Warren Lewis and Hans Rollmann, eds., Restoring the First-century Church in the Twenty-first Century: Essays on the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement in Honor of Don Haymes
John Mark Hicks, and Bobby Valentine, Kingdom Come: Embracing the Spiritual Legacy of David Lipscomb and James Harding
Hans Conrad Fischer, Johann Sebastian Bach: His Life in Pictures and Documents
Douglas A. Sweeney, The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement
John Witte, Jr. God?s Joust, God?s Justice: Law and Religion in the Western Tradition
James F. Sennett and Douglas Groothius, eds., In Defense Of Natural Theology: A Post-Humean Assessment
C. Stephen Evans, Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self: Collected Essays
James K. Beilby, ed., For Faith and Clarity: Philosophical Contributions to Christian Theology
Ben Witherington, III, The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism and Wesleyanism
Joel B. Green and Stuart L. Palmer, In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem
Donald K. McKim, ed., Calvin And The Bible
Ida Glaser, The Bible and Other Faiths
N. T. Wright, Evil and the Justice of God
Rowland Forman, Jeff Jones, and Bruce Miller, The Leadership Baton: An Intentional Strategy for Developing Leaders in Your Church
Lisa Wilson Davison, Preaching the Women of the Bible
Michael A. Harbin, The Promise and the Blessing: A Historical Survey of the Old and New Testaments
Michael D. Coogan, The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
Rolf Rendtorff, The Canonical Hebrew Bible: A Theology of the Old Testament
John H. Hayes, ed., Hebrew Bible: History of Interpretation
Tremper Longman III, Proverbs
Johanna W. H. van WIJK-BOS, Making Wise the Simple: The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice
Carolyn Osiek and Margaret Y. MacDonald with Janet H. Tulloch, A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity
Peter Richardson, Building Jewish in the Roman East
James L. Resseguie, Narrative Criticism of the New Testament: An Introduction
Alan P. Stanley, Did Jesus Teach Salvation by Works? The Role of Works in Salvation in the Synoptic Gospels
James D.G. Dunn, A New Perspective on Jesus: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed
Dean Fleming, Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission
Scot McKnight. Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory
Frank Stern, A Rabbi Looks At Jesus? Parables
Tom Thatcher, Why John Wrote a Gospel: Jesus?Memory?History
Will Deming, Paul on Marriage and Celibacy: The Hellenistic Background of 1 Corinthians 7
John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan L. Reed., In Search of Paul: How Jesus? Apostle Opposed Rome?s Empire with God?s Kingdom. A New Vision of Paul?s Words & World
N.T. Wright, Paul in Fresh Perspective
Leander E. Keck, Romans
Martin M. Culy, I, II, III John: A Handbook on the Greek Text