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Volume 7 Issue 2

It is no secret that our movement, known these days as the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, has always favored Alexander Campbell as our intellectual and theological forefather. Perhaps this is because he has left us a massive collection of archived journals, like Millennial Harbinger and the Christian Baptist, or because he participated in riveting debates that were published and can be examined for his thoughts on matters still today. Nevertheless, it is appropriate—even long overdue—that we turn our attention this year to Barton W. Stone.

On June 28, 1804, Barton Stone and five others signed the document known to us as the Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery (printed in its entirety in the front of this issue), marking out what all restoration historians consider to be the first, official, public document of the restoration movement. So we are celebrating this date as the 200th anniversary of the movement with our first "Special Issue" of SCJ: Celebrating 200 Years: From the Last "Will" to the First Encyclopedia. We also are trying on a new "look" for the occasion.

This title and the contents of this issue contain five presentations from the Third Annual SCJ Conference, held March 26–27, at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Over 130 attendees gathered to celebrate, fellowship, and be stimulated by the presentations of our three plenary session speakers, Randall Balmer, Doug Foster, and Newell Williams, and over 20 parallel sessions. I am delighted that we are able to make these three sessions, plus two parallel session presentations (Mark Krause and Tyler Howe) available to SCJ subscribers and others who could not attend the conference or who did attend and will value having these presentations available in published form.

Other events this year have celebrated the significance of this 200th anniversary. For nearly fifteen years, Doug Foster, Newell Williams, Paul Blowers, and Tony Dunnavant, had their sights set on June 28, 2004, to release the first ever Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. This 800-page volume published by William B. Eerdmans, with over 200 illustrations (many never before available), involving well over 300 authors from all three streams of the movement, Stone-Campbell Journal 7 (Fall, 2004) 161–163 Editor's Preface  will not be officially published until about the time this issue of SCJ is available. However, a solemn dedication ceremony of this volume occurred as part of the official 200th anniversary of the Last Will and Testament, held at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, on the grounds of the famous meeting-house, June 26-28. An especially fitting tribute was given to Tony Dunnavant, who tragically died in 2001 before the project was completed and was laid to rest in the Cane Ridge cemetery.

On July 7, 2004, Stone-Campbell Journal presented Newell Williams as a Special Guest Lecturer at the North American Christian Convention in Phoenix. In a cast from a recent tennis injury, he spoke without notes on key factors in Barton W. Stone's life that contributed to his signing the Last Will and Testament, almost identical to the printed lecture in this issue of SCJ. Two points he made during the question-and-answer period struck me as highly significant. First, he observed that the most enduring influence from Stone seen in churches of Stone-Campbell heritage today is our practice of the Lord's Supper: all believers in attendance—and not just church members—are invited to participate in the Lord's Supper each week. Second, he noted that for Stone, the unity of Christians lies in the simple NT confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. This strikes me as something we can build upon as we interact with believers of many persuasions in our various endeavors.

Looking ahead to 2005, on April 15-16 Cincinnati Bible Seminary will host the Fourth SCJ Conference with the theme: It Still Speaks: Engaging the Old Testament Today. Special Guest Lecturer Danny Carroll, Professor of OT, Denver Seminary, will lecture on the topic of The Prophets and Social Ethics, seeking to answer two questions: "Can the prophets shed light on worship wars?" and "What does being 'Left Behind' have to do with ethics?" Three other speakers will round out the main sessions: Jesse Long, Jr. (Lubbock Christian University), "Kings"; Gary Hall (Lincoln Christian Seminary), "Deuteronomy and the Psalms: The Theological Unity of Torah and Worship in the Old Testament"; and Chris Rollston (Emmanuel School of Religion and an editor for SCJ, "Scribal Education in Ancient Israel: Biblical and Epigraphic Evidence." An open invitation is extended to all subscribers and readers to attend and to offer papers for parallel sessions. Those with interest in OT studies should see this as their year and take advanSCJ 7 (Fall, 2004): 161–163 162 tage, but parallel sessions are always open to all topics. They are intended to encourage scholarship from students as well as professional academics. Topics should be sent to me no later than January 10, 2005. Check the web site and your mail for further information.

Looking back, Fred Norris, Emmanuel School of Religion, sent me a note after reading my preface to 7.1, which commented on the lives of Carl Henry and Robert Fife. He helpfully observed that Henry and Fife did likely meet when Milligan College hosted Henry as a guest lecturer in the early 1960s or at least when Henry taught a summer course at Emmanuel in the late 1970s.

Unfortunately, three more notable scholars among us have died in the past six months. Byron Lambert, Professor of Philosophy, FairleighDickenson University, died on March 16. One of the great joys in the earlier days of SCJ was the encouragement Byron gave me when I met him in 1997. His article in SCJ 1.2 (Fall, 1999) stands as tribute to his lifelong interest in C.S. Lewis. Lewis Foster, Distinguished Professor of NT, the heart and soul of NT studies at Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary for over fifty years, died on March 25. Reuben Bullard, Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Science, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, who helped energize the deep interest in archaeology among those of us in the Christian church (independent), died on July 3.

William R. Baker, Editor

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Abilene Christian University

Abstract

The Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery was the
product of major theological struggles in British and American Presbyterianism,
yet few are familiar with the specifics of its historical
background. The importance of this document as a foundational text
of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement merits careful examination
of the issues and personalities that shaped it. This study looks at
the history of conflict in Presbyterianism that is reflected in The Last
Will and Testament
and provides brief sketches of its signers other than
Barton W. Stone.

189
Brite Divinity School

Abstract

June 28, 1804, Barton W. Stone signed the Last Will and Testament
of the Springfield Presbytery
, willing that his presbytery "die, be desolved,
and sink into union with the Body of Christ at large." By so
doing, he believed that he was helping to usher in the millennium—
Christ’s one thousand year earthly reign of peace and justice. Three
factors account for Stone’s action: his eighteenth-century evangelical
conversion, his growing commitment to antislavery, and his experience
of the Great Revival in the West.

211
Columbia University

Abstract

The publication of the Last Will and Testament of the Springfield
Presbytery
signaled a reorientation of American Protestantism from
English and European influences to American sources. Abetted by a
Common Sense reading of the Scriptures, the Restorationist movement,
in turn, has influenced the various forms of evangelicalism in
America, all of which claim an ahistorical, naïve approach to the
Bible in the formulation of their beliefs. Unlike evangelicalism, however,
Stone-Campbell Restorationism has retained its suspicion of
institutional forms.

225
Western Carolina University

Abstract

In the summer of 1625, a religious revival began in the town of
Antrim in the area of Northern Ireland known as Ulster. The Six
Mile Water Revival centered on an Arminian idea of communion
that transcended hierarchical church structure. The Cane Ridge
Revival of 1801 Kentucky includes important similarities with the
Six Mile Water Revival of 1625 Ulster. Both revivals combined
select Arminian teachings with Presbyterianism to create a unique
frontier faith.

237
Puget Sound Christian College

Abstract

Walter Scott was enormously successful as an evangelist in the first half of the nineteenth century because of his development of a simple presentation of the gospel that came to be known as the “Five-Finger Exercise.” This study will examine the underlying Enlightenment assumptions that the Exercise employs and explore its viability for the postmodern milieu of the twenty-first century. In particular, the study will question the Exercise’s dependence upon sequentialism and rationalism.

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Disciples of Christ Historical Society, Cincinnati Bible College, Lipscomb University, Brite Divinity School, Abilene Christian University, Brite Divinity School

Abstract

Publication of the Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement,
edited by Douglas A Foster, Paul M. Blowers, Anthony L. Dunnavant,
and D. Newell Williams, by William B. Eerdmans (800 pp. $50.00)
in fall, 2004, for good reasons has been one the most anticipated books
in the history of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. In the
making from its inception in the mind’s eye of both Foster and
Dunnavant almost fifteen years ago, it is an unprecedented achievement
of unity, combining the knowledge and academic excellence of an
army of people from all three streams of the Movement, that will stand
as the touchstone for understanding the Movement for centuries to
come. For this reason SCJ has developed an article that brings together
numerous voices to critique and comment on it: a proud supporter
and advocate, three reviewers, and two of its editors.

Download book reviews for this issue.

Doris L. Bergen, ed., The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from the First to the Twenty-First Century

James S. O?Brien, Cincinnati, OH

Stanley K. Fowler, More Than a Symbol

Anthony J. Springer, Dallas Christian College

James M. Penning and Corwin E. Smidt, Evangelicalism: The Next Generation

James Riley Estep, Jr, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary

J.P. Moreland and William Lane Craig, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

James F. Sennett, Lincoln Christian College & Seminary

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, The Doctrine of God: A Global Introduction

Ron Highfield, Pepperdine University

Fumitaka Matsuoka and Eleazar S. Fernandez, eds., Realizing the Theology in Our Hearts: Theological Voices of Asian Americans

Robert D. Jackson, Bethel Park, PA

Fleming Rutledge, The Battle for Middle Earth: Tolkien?s Divine Design in The Lord of the Rings

Carrie Birmingham, Pepperdine University

John G. Stackhouse Jr., ed., Evangelical Ecclesiology: Reality or Illusion?

Todd Edmondson, Irvington, KY

Timothy George, ed., Pilgrims on the Sawdust Trail: Evangelical Ecumenism and the Quest for Christian Identity

Todd Edmondson, Irvington, KY

Terrance L. Tiessen, Who Can Be Saved? Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions

Edward Fudge, Katy, TX

George & Dora Winston, Recovering Biblical Ministry by Women: An Exegetical Response to Traditionalism and Feminism

T. Scott Womble, Saint Louis Christian College

Richard T. Hughes, Myths America Lives By

Dawn Alexander-Payne, Abilene Christian University

Carl A. Raschke, The Next Reformation: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity

Mark S. Krause, Puget Sound Christian College

Chris Altrock, Preaching to Pluralists: How to Proclaim Christ in a Postmodern Age

Guthrie Veech, Kentucky Christian University

Bruce E. Shields, Preaching Romans

Jonathan A. Partlow, Madisonville, KY

Gordon T. Smith, The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit

Leslie Starasta, Lincoln Christian College & Seminary

Marcus J. Borg, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith

J. David Miller, Milligan College

Lyle W. Dorsett, Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis

Rick Cherok, Cincinnati Christian University

Jan Linn, Twenty-Two Keys to Being a Minister without Quitting or Wishing for Early Retirement

Les Hardin, Florida Christian College

Richard J. Mouw and Mark A. Noll, eds., Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History & Theology

Ken E. Read, Cincinnati Christian University

John D. Witvliet, Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice

Kent Sanders, Saint Louis Christian College

I. Howard Marshall, Beyond the Bible: Moving from Scripture to Theology

Clay Alan Ham, Dallas Christian College

Bruce D. Chilton and Jacob Neusner, Classical Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism: Comparing Theologies

Jeremy S. Miselbrook, Loyola University Chicago

Warren Carter, Pontius Pilate: Portraits of a Roman Governor

Brian E. Messner, Lincoln Christian College

Iain Provan, V. Phillips Long, Tremper Longman III, A Biblical History of Israel

Gary Hall, Lincoln Christian Seminary

William M. Schniedewind, How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel

Walt Zorn, Lincoln Christian College & Seminary

William P. Brown, ed., The Ten Commandments: The Reciprocity of Faithfulness

Joe M. Sprinkle, Crossroads College

Fritz Volkmar, 1 & 2 Kings, Continental Commentary

Don Sanders, Saint Louis Christian College

Robert K. Johnston, Useless Beauty: Ecclesiastes through the Lens of Contemporary Film

C. Robert Wetzel, Emmanuel School of Religion

Brevard S. Childs, The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture

Douglas Redford, Cincinnati Christian University

Ben Witherington III, The New Testament Story

Carl B. Bridges, Johnson Bible College

Grant Osborne and Scot McKnight, The Face of New Testament Studies: A Survey of Recent Research

William Baker, Cincinnati Christian University

Terry L. Wilder, Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Deception: An Inquiry into Intention and Reception

Beth McCabe, Hebrew Union College

Michael J. McClymond, Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth

Carl B. Bridges, Johnson Bible College

Mark Goodacre and Nicholas Perrin, Questioning Q: A Multidimensional Critique

Ted Smith, Dallas Christian College

Larry Chouinard, Matthew

Mark S. Krause, Puget Sound Christian College

E. Randolph Richards, Paul and First-Century Writing: Secretaries, Composition and Collection

Dale Cornett, Boise Bible College

Donald P. Senior and Daniel J. Harrington, 1 Peter, Jude, 2 Peter

Michael Moss, Lipscomb University
 
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