Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Christian Focus March Giveaway

Christian Focus are offering a number of their titles in their March Giveaway in exchange for a mention in a blog post (see site for conditions).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Title: Paul as Missionary by Trevor Burke & Brian Rosner

Paul as Missionary
The following book is due to be published shortly:

Trevor J. Burke & Brian S. Rosner, eds., Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology, and Practice. Edinburgh: T & T Clark International, 2011. Hbk. ISBN: 9780567604750. pp.420.

Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology and Practice takes the view that before anything else Paul must first and foremost be identified as a ‘missionary’. Using the entire Pauline corpus the contributors to this volume assess what Paul’s correspondence can tell us about how he perceived his role and identity. The work comprises four parts: in section one, Paul’s identity as priest, eschatological herald, and missionary-pastor are explored while in part two topics such as the apostle’s activity among pagans, his suffering, and Paul’s ‘missionary message’ to the church at Rome are considered. Section three comprises essays on the Spirit as the governing dynamic, the glory of God as the apostle’s missionary goal, and the importance of Paul’s Christology in shaping his mission to the Gentiles. Finally, part four addresses Paul’s missionary praxis, including his support of his missionary enterprise.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Part One - Paul's Identity
Paul as an Eschatological Herald Seyoon Kim
Paul as Missionary-Pastor James W. Thompson
Paul and His Ethnicity: Reframing the Cathegories James C. Miller
Paul - An Israelite Priest who offers the Gentiles as a Sacrifice to God Richard Gibson

Part Two - Paul's Activity
The Mission of God in Paul's Letter to the Romans Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Paul and the Multi-Ethnic First Century World: Ethnicity and Christian Identity J. Daniel Hays
The Sacrifical-Missiological Function of Paul's Sufferings in the Context of 2 Corinthians J. Ayodeji Adewuya
Was Paul's Grace-based Gospel True to Jesus? Paul W. Barnett

Part Three - Paul's Missionary Theology
Paul's Christology and his Mission to the Gentiles Arland J. Hultgren
A Missionary Strategy in 1 Cor. 9.-19-23 Karl O. Sandnes
The Spirit as the Controlling Dynamic in Paul's Role as Missionary to the Thessalonians Trevor J. Burke
The Glory of God in Paul's Missionary Theology and Practice Brian S. Rosner
Reconciliation as the Heart of Paul's Missionary Theology Stanley E. Porter
Paul's Theology of the Gospel Roy E. Ciampa

Part Four - Paul's Missionary Practice
Universality and Particularity of Paul's Understanding and Strategy of Mission William S. Campbell
'The World of Life': Resurrection and Mission in Philippians James Ware
Paul, patronage and pay: what do we know about the apostle's financial support? Steve Walton
Pauline Mission as Salvific Intentionality: Fostering a Missional Consciousness in 1 Corinthians 9.19-23 and 10.31-11.1 Michael Barram
(Mis)Reading Paul's Letters Through Modern Eyes E. Randolph Richards

Index of Scripture
Index of Modern Authors

Trevor J. Burke,
Trevor J. Burke teaches New Testament in the Bible department of the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, USA. Prior to this, he has taught New Testament in seminaries in Nigeria and Fiji.

Brian S. Rosner,
Brian S. Rosner took his PhD from Cambridge University, UK, and is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Ethics in Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia.

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Rob Bell and Universalism - some resources

There have been a number of detailed reviews published of Rob Bell's latest book. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived (HarperOne, 2011). I do not intend to repeat their contents here, though I think that two are worth mentioning. Kevin DeYoung's review is the most helpful covering in some detail problems with Bell's exegesis, understanding of history and eschatology [a pdf version of the review can be found here]. I have to agree strongly with his statement that:
This is a book for people like Bell, people who grew up in an evangelical environment and don’t want to leave it completely, but want to change it, grow up out of it, and transcend it. The emerging church is not an evangelistic strategy. It is the last rung for evangelicals falling off the ladder into liberalism or unbelief.
This brings me the second review by Albert Mohler. Mohler concentrates on the similarities between Bell's theology and that of Nineteenth Century Liberalism. For Mohler, Bell is simply Schleiermacher redivivus.

Now, to my main purpose in writing. Here are some on-line resources that might be of help. I have extensive bibliographies on both Hell and Universalism. From these these articles might be of most interest:

Graham Keith, "Patristic Views on Hell - Part 1," The Evangelical Quarterly 71.3 (1999): 217-232.

Graham Keith, "Patristic Views on Hell - Part 2," The Evangelical Quarterly 71.4 (1999): 291-310.

Richard Bauckham, "Universalism: a historical survey," Themelios 4.2 (September 1978): 47-54.

Timothy K. Beougher, "Are All Doomed to Be Saved? The Rise of Modern Universalism," The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 2.2 (Summer 1998): 6-24.

"Where the Fires are Not Quenched": Biblical, Theological & Pastoral Perspectives on Hell by Jonathan Gibson