MASTER'S SEMINARY JOURNAL

Volume 24, Number 1 (Spring 2013)


  • by Richard L. Mayhue




  • by Michael J. Vlach

    In their book, Kingdom through Covenant, authors Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum offer what they consider to be a better approach for understanding God’s purposes than either dispensationalism or covenant theology. The purpose of this article is to give a critical review of their book, pointing out various strengths and weaknesses. While there is good information in the book about the biblical covenants, misunderstandings about typology and the role of Israel in God’s plans hinder the book from offering a better alternative than dispensationalism.




  • by F. David Farnell

    This is the second of a two-part series surveying the ongoing search for the “historical Jesus” that has been conducted the last 250 years. This article covers the growing, as well as alarming, evangelical participation in this quest. Central to the evangelical participation is the concept of postmodernist historiography where “probability” is the best that can be asserted about key Gospel events, while judgment about the historicity of other events in the Gospels must be suspended if they cannot be demonstrated through subjective application of criteria of authenticity. The number four (4) looms strategic in the difference between many evangelicals and liberals, for Part One of this series showed that while E. P. Sanders held to 8 events that may have probability in the Gospels, evangelical participants in the search hold to 12 key Gospel events that have “probability” of occurrence.




  • by Greg H. Harris

    As discussed in Part 1 of the previous edition, some claim that the land promises God made to Abraham were entirely fulfilled with the initial conquest of Canaan. This allegedly means that we should not expect any future fulfillment of the land with Israel. Joshua 21:43–45 is offered as evidence for this view. This understanding, though, does not properly take into account later passages that still affirm the significance of Israel’s land after Joshua. Thus, a proper understanding of the land promises must account for the dimensions of the land as given in the Abrahamic covenant, the affirmation of God’s faithfulness in Joshua, and later passages affirming the importance of the land.




  • by David A. Croteau

    Advocates of No-Lordship theology often claim that since the terms “repent” and “repentance” are not found John’s Gospel this means that repentance is not required for a sinner to be saved. Yet such a view does not rightly consider that lack of a specific term does not mean that the concept is absent. A close look at the Fourth Gospel reveals that this Gospel does teach that repentance is a part of saving faith and without it salvation cannot occur.




  • by Bruce W. Alvord

    Some pastors preach the Word as if their sole responsibility is to explain the original meaning of the text. However, if you examine the greatest sermon Jesus ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount, you will see that He considered application to be a critical component. If you outline the sermon, you can observe how He valued it so highly that He included application not only in every one of His points, but also in each sub-point. To follow His example, we should not only explain the text well, but also help our listeners understand the present-day implications of that truth.



  • Book Reviews for 24.1   (137-177)





Volume 24, Number 2 (Fall 2013)


  • by Richard L. Mayhue



  • The Trinity in Creation   (167-177)

    by Bryan Murphy

    The New Testament makes it very clear that the God of the Bible is one God in three distinct persons. It also directly states that the pre-Incarnate Word (or second member of the Trinity) directly participated in every act of creation. Likewise, this doctrine can be supported from the text of Genesis 1. While the use of the plural noun Elohim used throughout the Old Testament is inadequate to demonstrate it, the plural pronoun and plural predication used in Gen 1:26 does strongly suggest it—indeed demand it on the basis of NT revelation.




  • by William D. Barrick

    The inspired Scriptures identify a plurality of divine Persons associated with Yahweh. The First Person (God the Father) gives revelation to His Messenger (the Second Person or Son of God), who is the main Revelator in the OT. According to both OT and NT, the Holy Spirit superintends the writing (inscripturation) of inspired (God-given) Scripture.




  • by Michael J. Vlach

    Just as the members of the Trinity were actively involved in the creation, so too they are actively engaged in matters pertaining to the end, or what is often referred to as eschatology. The purpose of this article is to highlight how the various members of the Trinity are active in events still to come.




  • by Nathan Busenitz

    Opponents of the doctrine of the Trinity often claim that it was an invention of Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicaea. This goes against much evidence that the early church fathers affirmed the Trinity. The ante-Nicene church fathers acknowledged that there is only one God. Yet, they also taught that the Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—three distinct Persons each of whom is God.




  • by Dennis M. Swanson

    The Master’s Seminary Faculty Lecture Series for 2013 dealt with the subject of the Trinity or Triunity of God. The lectures delved into specialized aspects of trinitarian theology not the major biblical and theological arguments related to trinitarianism. Part One of this bibliography fills that void with a listing of the key systematic theologies. Millard Erickson is, in our opinion, the most readable and thorough dealing with the main theological positions. Charles Hodge is a classic work; however, if one does not have facility in ecclesiastical Latin its value diminishes. Chafer is also thorough and detailed, being strong in his inductive method. This bibliography is certainly not exhaustive but designed rather to stimulate the reader to further study and serve as a starting point in research.



  • Book Reviews for 24.2   (251-282)