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FROM THE SEMINARIES: MBTS journal explores John’s Gospel, #MeToo, C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) — The Gospel of John, the #MeToo Movement, a commonality between C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot, the role of the Holy Spirit and Charles Spurgeon are among the topics of the Midwestern Journal of Theology’s Spring 2019 issue.

Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the essays in the journal, released May 1, provide “truthful insight and thoughtful guidance amidst a world that bends at the whims of the culture.”

MJT editor Michael McMullen, who also serves as professor of church history, said Midwestern is grateful for contributions from not only the seminary’s faculty and adjunct faculty “but to have friends from around the SBC contributing thought-provoking articles for the edification of our readership.”

The MJT’s lead article on the Gospel of John is derived from February’s For the Church Workshop lectures by Andreas J. Köstenberger, MBTS research professor of New Testament and biblical theology. McMullen described Köstenberger’s lectures as both scholarly and helpful in learning about John’s Gospel, examining significant aspects of the early chapters of the book, including authorship, the prologue and the Cana Cycle.

An essay on the #MeToo Movement by Katie McCoy is titled, “What’s Missing from #MeToo: How the Christian Worldview Defends a Woman’s Worth.” McCoy, assistant professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Scarborough College, notes that what is missing from the present-day movement is the influence of the redeemed, those who hold to a worldview that truly values a woman’s worth.

Also in the journal:

-– “C.S. Lewis and T.S. Eliot: Unlikely Partners in Mythopoeic Pilgrimage” by Jared Wilson, MBTS director of content strategy and managing editor of the seminary’s For the Church initiative. Wilson’s essay explains that despite Lewis’ disdain for Eliot, the two poets’ works share many commonalities, more than perhaps either would admit and more than they are typically given credit for.

— “The Holy Spirit and Christian Worship: The Life-Giving Legacy of the Apostolic Band” by James Hamilton, professor of biblical theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Analyzing the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Christian worship, Hamilton argues that Baptist ecclesiology and worship is most attuned to the Holy Spirit in Christian worship.

— “The Holy Spirit as the Giver of Wisdom in Biblical Theology” by Lance Higginbotham, a Midwestern adjunct faculty member, examining the Spirit’s role as the giver of wisdom in biblical theology.

The final essay in the journal’s spring edition — a reassessment of Charles Spurgeon as the quintessential evangelical — is written by three of Midwestern’s Spurgeon scholars – Phillip Ort, director of the Spurgeon Library, and residency Ph.D. students Ed Romine and Timothy Gatewood.

The Midwestern Journal of Theology is available in print version for subscribers. To subscribe, contact Midwestern’s academic office at 816-414-3745 or [email protected]. The issue can be viewed in its entirety at www.mbts.edu/journal.

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