Journal Articles

Articles from the Southwestern Journal of Theology

An Exposition of Genesis 2:4-11:32

Introduction In Genesis 2:4-11:32, human beings appear at their best and worst. The creation account thrusts the reader back in time and allows a glimpse of Eden in all of its splendor and perfection. However, in an instant, this flawless world collapsed, and ... Read More »

Reading Genesis 1

Introduction But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King… But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. Jeremiah 10:10, 12 (NIV) “God looked into... Read More »

Hermeneutics and Genesis 1-11

Introduction Beyond all question, the church’s premier interpreters of Holy Scripture are its pastoral preachers-that is (and I am purposely being precise here) those who, when they stand in the pulpit, seek to let the Bible do the talking, so that the l... Read More »

Ethical Dimensions of James

Introduction[1]This is an adaptation and an expansion of a section (pp. 257-67) of my Biblical Ethics (Waco: Word Books, 1967; currently published by Mercer University Press) and ts used by permission of the publishers. The Epistle of James was evidently writt... Read More »

Introduction to James

Introduction During much of Christian history, James has been one of the most neglected books in the NT. It did not become widely known until the third century, and then its authorship and canonicity were disputed for two centuries. During the Reformation, Era... Read More »

Preaching from the Book of James

Introduction As the church lives now in the twenty-first century world, the preacher of the Gospel could find no more pertinent message for his people than the Epistle of James. The Epistle of James is one of the first pieces of New Testament literature given ... Read More »

Changes in Preaching

Worship has undergone significant changes in the last quarter of the twentieth century. This issue of the journal highlights many of the changes. Naturally, such changes have impacted the place of preaching in worship. Just as the shape and design of worship h... Read More »

Preaching from 1 and 2 Thessalonians

In the initial months of my first pastorate I preached a series of messages from 1 Thessalonians. As it turned out it was a wonderful way to begin a preaching ministry. While the Thessalonian epistles contain some of the most important New Testament teaching c... Read More »

The Authority of the Bible for Baptists

Introduction Inasmuch as the authority of the Christian Scriptures is a topic important to and cherished by Baptists throughout the world, one should approach its discussion with cautious reverence and humble acknowledgement that it will be difficult to give a... Read More »

Reading the Book of Joshua

Introduction In 1785, Timothy Dwight, future president of Yale University, published a book entitled The Conquest of Canaan, a Poem in Eleven Books. In this work, which actually was written during the American Revolution, Dwight portrayed allegorically the Ame... Read More »

Theological Themes in the Book of Joshua

Introduction The book of Joshua is not a simple work. John Bright thinks it “presents as complex a literary problem as any book in the Bible.”[1]John Bright, “The Book of Joshua,” in The Interpreter’s Bible, ed. George A. Buttrick... Read More »

Preaching from the Book of Joshua

Tell Me the Story of Joshua “I love to tell the story, for some have never heard The Message of salvation, from God’s own holy word.” The book of Joshua is a narrative within a narrative. The first six books of the Bible (Hexateuch) center on... Read More »

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