STR 3.2 (Winter 2012)

Abstract: An introduction to the volume.

Abstract: An interview with Scot McKnight on his The King Jesus Gospel. Topics addressed are the nature and function of the Gospel, its meaning, and implications. Dr. McKnight also comments on modern gospel-centered thinking in the evangelical church.

Abstract: Dr. Poe's 1996 book, The Gospel and its Meaning (Zondervan) was a landmark volume that expounded upon the different emphases that the Church has laid on “the gospel” in her history. His is a detailed engagement of the meaning the gospel in that volume, and here he explores how the gospel has been understood in the twentieth century among the evangelical Church. He addresses what he sees to be a reductionism in gospel proclamation that runs counter to the biblical and theological witness to the reality of Christ's gospel.

Abstract: Dr. Emerson suggests that on the testimony of the New Testament, as well as on a reading of its canonical shape, the gospel is “holistic” and carries with it a number of aspects that are irreducible to its meaning. Still, he argues that there is a need for proper individual response in light of the gospel’s “holistic” scope. This is a unique canonical-theological understanding of the gospel message.

Abstract: Dr. Block addresses the challenge of preaching Old Testament law. In order to engage this material well so as to preach it well, Old Testament law needs to be understood historically and theologically. What Dr. Block finds is not a heavy word that is a pain to its readers, but a grace from God. He observes Old Testament law and then relates it to New Testament teaching (and especially Pauline) thinking on the law.

Abstract: Dr. Francis Macatangay, professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology, offers an exegetical essay that explores Martha’s “perfect” statement in John 11:27. This essay thematically connects to the gospel theme in a significant way. If the gospel requires “repentance” and “belief” as Mark 1:14-15 conveys, then it is precisely the nature of “belief” in Jesus that is central to Martha’s statement. What is the interpreter to make of Martha’s belief in Jesus? Dr. Macatangay offers insight on this question.

Abstract: A gospel-centered sermon on the call for Christian holiness.

Abstract: A review essay of The Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception (Walter de Gruyter), with emphasis upon entries of “Atonement,” “Baptism,” and “Bathsheba” as examples of how the encyclopaedia proceeds.