Midwestern Seminary released its Spring 2017 issue of the Midwestern Journal of Theology, entitled “Scholarship for the Church,” on May 1, featuring works by several of the school’s doctoral students. The spring edition addresses topics such as the transformation and thinking of Augustine, Spurgeon’s stance on slavery, ethnically-diverse church membership, and the concept of familial covenants.

President Jason Allen said of the Journal’s recently-released edition, “This edition of the Midwestern Journal of Theology is a particularly rewarding one. To offer our readers a glimpse into the types of scholars that God is raising up, and who are being educated and mentored here at Midwestern Seminary, should be deeply encouraging. This next generation of students is extremely bright academically, but even more crucial is their heart for ministry. They truly love the Word of God and are desiring to serve him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

“Furthermore, as the essays are derived from seminars these students have participated in, our readers are able to see the level of instruction they are receiving from our top-notch faculty. All told, I am confident that this edition of the MJT shows this institution’s dedication to scholarship for the church.”

Journal editor Michael McMullen, who also serves as Midwestern Seminary’s professor of Church History, noted that this issue of MJT seeks to highlight the work that students from MBTS’s varied doctoral degree programs have accomplished in the classroom. He said, “We believe their work is reflective of the high standard of both the teaching and of the students in the various doctoral programs.”

The MJT’s selections begin with Jenny-Lyn de Klerk’s carefully researched work on the transformation and thinking of Augustine titled, “From Pride to Humility: An Evaluation of Augustine’s Break with Neo-Platonism in Light of his Conception of the Ideal Man before and after his Conversion.” de Klerk is a Ph.D. student in Historical Theology from Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.

This is followed by Nathan Rose’s examination of Charles Spurgeon’s stance on slavery and the opposition in some quarters that this position caused him. Rose, who is a Ph.D. student in Historical Theology from Liberty, Mo., penned the essay entitled, “Spurgeon and the Slavery Controversy of 1860: A Critical Analysis of the Anthropology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, as it Relates Specifically to his Stance on Slavery.”

Daniel Slavich, a Ph.D. student in Theology from Lighthouse Point, Fla., wrote the Journal’s third essay, entitled, “In Church as it is in Heaven: An Argument for Regenerate and Ethnically Diverse Local Church Membership,” which presents a well-reasoned argument for the membership of the local church not just being regenerate, but one that is ethnically-diverse too.

The next article is from Madison Trammel, Ph.D. student in Historical Theology from Glendora, Calif., who wrote, “A Defense of Ignatius of Antioch’s Martyrdom and View of Redemption.” For many, Ignatius seemed maybe a little too keen to suffer as a Christian leader in the early church, but this essay provides a defense for Ignatius’ views.

In what McMullen noted as the MJT’s penultimate piece, Camden Pulliam, a Ph.D. student in Theology from Kansas City, Mo., outlines the concept of familial covenants by analyzing the familial language in the covenants found in Genesis 17 and 2 Samuel 7.

The final essay in the spring edition features Chad McDonald’s piece, “Time Management and the Pastor,” which provides applicable aspects of time management as seen from a church pastor’s perspective. McDonald is a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership student from Olathe, Kan.

In addition to the scholarly articles, readers will find several relevant and thought-provoking book reviews, many of which were written by Midwestern Seminary doctoral students as well.

Midwestern Seminary’s Provost, Jason Duesing, commented that, “This issue of MJT represents the fruit and quality of all of our doctoral programs and the self-discipline and high caliber of the students studying at Midwestern. Many scholars of the future are studying at Midwestern, and it is a joy to showcase just a sample of their work. Dr. McMullen has assembled quality articles, and I remain grateful for his work and for all those willing to contribute their scholarship ‘for the Church.’”

Midwestern Seminary’s Journal of Theology is available in print version for subscribers. To subscribe, contact Academic Office at (816) 414-3745 or kfreeman@mbts.edu.

Additionally, guests may view the issue in its entirety for free on the seminary’s website, www.mbts.edu/journal.