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Volume 7

March 2009

Incarnational Christology

Author: Bill Grover

Bill Grover holds an MA in Religion (Point Loma Nazarene University), ThM in Biblical Studies (Western Seminary), and a DTh in Systematic Theology (University of Zululand). He has co-authored a book with H. Wayne House called Does God Feel Your Pain? Bill
fellowships and teaches adult classes Sunday at Grace Baptist Church in Salem, Oregon. He presently serves as assessor and postgraduate supervisor for the South African Theological Seminary.

The writer, himself an American Evangelical, is discussing, in three articles, areas in which American Evangelicals disagree about how God the Son relates to God the Father and the meaning and effects of the true humanity and the true deity in Christ. Each position will be defined and exemplified. The rationale offered by proponents of each major position is provided. Evaluations are made.

The Challenge of African Christian Morality

Author: Samuel Waje Kunhiyop

Professor Kunhiyop earned his PhD from Trinity International Seminary. After serving as the President of JETS, one of the most influential seminaries in West Africa, for ten years, Sam joined the South African Theological Seminary, where he currently serves as the Head of the Postgraduate School. Sam is a contrib

To recover our moral sanity, there is an urgent need to retrieve and restore some positive moral foundations and beliefs which were the moral fibre of the society. These moral foundations and beliefs, transformed through serious interaction with the Word of God and inculturated into African Christianity, will save and strengthen the moral stance of the church

The Faith Journey of Paul

Author: Dan Lioy

Dan Lioy holds a ThM (Dallas Theological Seminary) and a PhD (North-West University). He has lectured at Trinity Theological Seminary, Marylhurst University, and Southwestern College. He has written several academic monographs, including ones on Ecclesiastes, the Sermon on the Mount, the Gospel of John, and the Book of Revelation. He is presently a postgraduate supervisor with the South African Theological Seminary.

This journal article examines the faith journey of Paul, specifically as it is delineated in Philippians 3:1-14. Verses 1-6 reveal that in the past, before he put his faith in Christ, Paul trusted in his human attainments. According to verses 7-11, after Paul encountered the risen Lord on the road to Damascus, the apostle made growing in the knowledge of Christ the central focus of his existence in the here-and-now.

The Lord’s Prayer: A Hebrew Reconstruction

Author: Chuck Day

Chuck Day holds a PhD from the University of Pretoria. He has served as a missionary and lecturer in South Africa for many years.

The purpose of this article is to show that a Hebrew reconstruction of the Lord’s Prayer can be gained quite easily using idioms found in other Jewish prayers found to this day in the Authorised Daily Prayer Book used in modern synagogues. Such a Hebrew reconstruction also helps to shed light on the meaning of some of the Greek phrases we find in the biblical version of the Lord’s Prayer.

The Role of the Pastor’s Wife

Author: Leschenne Rebuli, Kevin Gary Smith

Leschenne hold a BTh and an MTh from the South African Theological Seminary. This article emerges from her Master’s thesis entitled, “The Biblical Role of the Pastor’s Wife in the Local Church: A Case Study of Churches in Somerset West, Western Cape”.

Kevin is the Vice-Principal and Academic Head of the South African Theological Seminary. He holds an MA in New Testament from Global University, a DLitt in Biblical Languages from Stellenbosch University, and a DTh from SATS.

The purpose of this article is to identify biblical pillars and parameters for establishing the role of a pastor’s wife in a local church. The thesis of the article is that the Scriptures do not in any way define or prescribe the role of the pastor’s wife, so we must infer the framework for her ministry as the pastor’s wife from what the Scriptures teach about her identify, role, and purpose as a woman, a wife, and a believer.

Vehicles of Divine Mystery

Author: Annang Asumang

Annang Asumang is a medical doctor practising medicine in England. He holds an MTh in Biblical Studies from the South African Theological Seminary, and it current doing his DTh.

Recent applications of social identity theories in Pauline studies have highlighted the importance of considering Paul’s self-understanding as a window through which to interpret his letters. Though this insight has proved fruitful with regard to Paul’s earlier letters, its application in the later prison letters has been inconsistent.