Testamentum Imperium
Volume 2 - 2009

Director Kevaughn C. A. Mattis and Managing Editor Michael G. Maness

 

Volume 1 - 2007 - Closed - 80 Articles - 13 Published in Perspectives on Eternal Security:  Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical Foreword by H. Wayne House, Edited by Kirk R. MacGregor and Kevaughn Mattis (Wipf and Stock, 2009).

Volume 2 - 2009 - Closed - 122 Articles committed so far.

Volume 3 - 2011 - Closed - 161 Articles committed so far.

Volume 4 - 2013 - Open - Response to I. Howard Marshall’s Kept by the Power of God 

Volume 5 - 2016 - Open - on Making Pastoral Theology Relevant in a Modern World

Guest and Complementary Articles Previously Published  ~  Editorial Standards

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I do not endeavor,
 O Lord, to penetrate thy sublimity,
 for in no wise do I compare my understanding with that;
 but I long to understand in some degree thy truth,
which my heart believes and loves.
For I do not seek to understand that I may believe,
but I believe in order to understand.

St. Anselm of Canterbury 

Categories of Articles

Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom 

Election

New Testament

Grace

Jurisprudence & Philosophy

Criminology

Humanities

Pastoral Theology

Practical Theology

Christian Ethics

European

African

Latin America/Asia/Middle East

The Challenge

New Articles

Rev. Dr. Canon Nwora Sam Nwigwe, Are God’s New Testament Promises Assuring Final Redemption Ultimately Contingent upon Human Obedience? Trinity Theological College, Umuahia, Affiliation with University of Nigeria Nsukka

Prof. C. F. C. Coetzee, Romans 8:29-34 and the Security of the Believer, Faculty of Theology, North West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Dr. Carl Judson Davis, Response to Toryough, Ephesians 2: 1 – 10: The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation, Davis is Associate Professor of Greek, Bryan College, Dayton, TN, USA; Toryough is Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria - revtoryough@yahoo.co.uk

Derek Tovey, ‘Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil’ (John 6:70): Election in John’s Gospel, Lecturer in New Testament, College of St. John the Evangelist, Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Odesola J. Funso, What value has the Wisdom Literature? - How does it contribute to Christianity?

Dr. David K. Lowery, 1 Corinthians 11:29-32: The Lord’s Judgment, Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Peter Althouse, Certainty of Future Hope in Moltmann's Theology as a Means for Enduring Suffering, Southeastern University  

Devotion - Dr. Paul Williamson, Did Saul Lose His Salvation?, Moore College, Sydney

Devotion - Dr. James H. Gailey, A Devotional Look at Psalm 51:10-12, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary  

Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom

1)  Divine Sovereignty: Absolute or Limited by Human Freedom

1. Dr. William A. Wright, Divine Sovereignty: Absolute_or_Limited by Human Freedom, Assistant Professor of Religion, Eureka College, Eureka, IL, USA. He has written, "Faith and Justification: Commencing Salvation" (with Rev. Bosela Eale) in Chalice Introduction to Disciples Theology (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2008).

2. Dr. J. Scott Jackson, Divine Sovereignty: Absolute or Limited by Human Freedom, University of Chicago,

2)  The Sovereignty of God in light of Divine Omnipotence

3. Dr. Petr Macek, Sovereignty in Divine Omnipotence, Protestant Theological Faculty, Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic

4. Max L. E. Andrews, The Sovereignty of God and Divine Omnipotence, See www.ed.ac.uk and http://sententias.org. Andrews has written Scientia and Radical Contingency in Thomas Aquinas,” Philosophia 42 no. 3 (September 2014): 1-12 and “Epistemological Realism and Onto-Relations,” Eleutheria 3 no. 1 (2014): 35-47. And he has won the Alvin Plantinga Award for Best Thesis and Research (May 2013).  

3)  Divine Sovereignty and the Doctrine of Creation

5. Dr. Winfried Corduan, Divine Sovereignty and the Doctrine of Creation, Taylor University 

6.. Dr. Stanley Brian Stratton, Sovereignty and Creation, Alma College, Alma, Michigan, USA

4)  Human Freedom: Libertarian or Compatible

7. Dr. Michael Calvert, Human Freedom: Libertarian or Compatible:  Pastoral Paradox, Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church  (PCA), Owens Cross Roads, and Birmingham Theological Seminary, Alabama

8. Dr. Owen Anderson, The Perseverance of the Saints: How Predestination Upholds Freedom and Responsibility. Anderson is Associate Professor of Humanities, Arizona State University.  See www.asu.edu. He has written Reason and Faith in the Theology of Charles Hodge: American Common Sense Reaslism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Augustine and the Ethics of Belief (New Blackfriars, 2010); The Presuppositions of Religious Pluralism (Sophia, 2008); Reason and Worldviews: Warfield, Kuyper, Van Til and Plantinga on the Function of Apologetics (University Press of America, 2008); The Clarity of God's Existence: The Ethics of Belief After the Enlightenment (Wipf & Stock, 2008); Benjamin B. Warfield and Right Reason (University Press of America, 2005), and several articles in encyclopedias and journals. See https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/843137.  

9. Dr. Joseph Osei, A Defense of Wesleyan-Armenianism Based on Karl Popper's Solution to the Freewill-Determinism Paradox, he is professor of Philosophy and Religion, Fayetteville State University, See josei@uncfsu.edu and www.UNCFSU.edu. His publications include: Ethical Issues in Third World Development: A Theory of Social Change (Lewis, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2011); The Challenge of Sustaining Emergent Democracies: Insights for Religious Intellectual and Leaders of Civil Society (Xlibris, Bloomington, 2009); “Toward a New Philosophy of Education for Sustaining Democracy and Development in Africa: Seven Foundational Principles,” Journal of International Studies and Development (Vol 2, Spring 2012); “The Transformative Power of Critical Thinking: A Case Study from Morrison Correctional Institution, NC,” Bridges: An Interdisciplinary journal of Theology, Philosophy, History and Science (Vol 15, Nos. 1/2Spring/Summer, 2008); “Reflections on Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Fight Against Terrorism and Poverty: What Would King Do?” Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy (Vol. XXII, #1-2, 2008).

 

5)   Divine Providence and Human Freedom in Aquinas

10. Dr. Ralph Vunderink, Providence and Freedom in Aquinas, Adjunct of Philosophy and Humanities, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

11. Dr. Joungbin Lim, Divine Providence and Human Freedom in the Tradition of Aquinas: A Defense of Theological Compativilism, (published June 2014 to replace a defaulting author); Lim is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, See jlim@ecsu.edu and Elizabeth City State University, www.ECSU.edu. Lim said, “I tried out some arguments of this paper in my master’s thesis.  Thanks to Hugh McCann for his comments and criticism on those arguments.”   

6)  A Compatibilist View of Human Free Will & Moral Responsibility

12. Dr. John Calvin Wingard, Jr., A Compatibilist View on Free Will and Determinism, Professor of Philosophy, Covenant College, Stone Mountain, GA, USA

13. Dr. Rudolph V. Vanterpool, Compatibility of Individual Free Will With Providential Determinism, Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA, some of his books include In Job’s Sandals:  From Riches to Rags to Rewards (Vantage Press, c2009); see a review of that book by Dr. Michael G. Maness, "Job, the Knight of Faith: A Book Review of Professor Rudolph Vanterpool’s In Job’s Sandals". Among other works, Vanterpool has also written Speak My Soul:  Poems on Migrations and  Returns of a Native Son (forthcoming, AuthorHouse, 2010); “Subsistence Welfare Benefits as Property Interests:  Legal Theories and Moral Considerations,” chapter 21, A Companion to African-American Philosophy, Tommy L. Lott and John P. Pittman, Editors (Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2003); “Hume on the ‘Duty’ of Benevolence Hume Studies Volume XIV, Number 1 (April, 1988), 93-110; “Open-Textured Aesthetic Boundaries:  Matters of Art, Race, and Culture,” The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke, Leonard Harris, Editor (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1999); “Affirmative Action Revisited:  Justice and Public Policy Considerations,” 3:4 Public Affairs Quarterly (1989, pp. 49-61); and “Welfare Rights and Procedural Due Process,” Logos:  Philosophical Issues in Christian Perspective (Volume 6, 1985), pp. 79-89.

7)  Does Divine Determinism make Human Choice and Relationships Artificial

14. Dr. Owen Anderson, Determinism and Human Choices, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA

8)  The Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart (O.T.)

15. Dr. Matthew Michael, Yahweh and the "Hardening" of Pharoah's Heart: the Polemics of Sovereignty and the Politics of Representation, Michael has a Ph.D. from Stellenbosch University, South Africa;  see www.SUN.ac.za.

16. Dr. Nicholas Oyugi Odhiambo, Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart, Dallas Theological Seminary graduate.

9)  Repentance as a Gift from God in the Old Testament–

17. Dr. David O. Moomo, An Examination of Repentance as a Gift from God in the OT, Dept. of Ancient Studies, University of Stellenbosch, Bible Society of Nigeria

Response to Moomo:

18. Rev. David Schrock, Repentance as a Gift in the Old Testament - Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Seymour, Indiana; PhD Candidate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

10)  The Madness of Nebuchadnezzar & Divine Sovereignty

19. Dr. David Tuesday Adamo, Kogi State University, Nigeria) (Yes)

11)  The Sovereignty of God in Book of Job  

20. Dr. Harold Holmyard III, The Sovereignty of God in the Book of Job: God Used Job to Change Theology

21.  Dr. Siméon Kubulana Matendo (Received)

12)  The Sovereignty of God in Habakkuk

22. Dr. Eckart Otto (Universität München, Germany) (Yes, remind in spring 2008)

23. Dr. Apollos Handan (Yes)

13)  Does God take Responsibility for Evil Events (O.T.) –

24. Dr. Erhard S. Gerstenberger, Does God take Responsibility for Evil Events in the OT?, Professor Emeritus für Altes Testament (Old Testament), Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.  His books include Ihr Volker alle, klatscht in die Hande!: Festschrift fur (Munster, 1997, 428p), Psalmen in der Sprache unserer Zeit: der Psalter (Klagelieder Eingel, 1972, 256p), Der bittende Mensch (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1980, 195p), Israel in der Perserzeit (Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 2005, 416p), Jahwe, ein patriarchaler Gott? : traditionelles Gottesbild und feministische Theologie (Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 1988, 171p), Leiden (with Wolfgang Schrage; Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 1977, 238p), Leviticus: a Commentary (Trans. by Douglas W. Stott; Westminister John Knox Press, 1996, 450p), Psalms: Part 1: with an introduction to cultic poetry (Eerdmans, 1988, 260p), Psalms. Part 2, and Lamentations (Eerdmans, 2001, 543p), Suffering (with Wolfgang Schrage; trans. John E. Steely; Abingdon, 1980, 272p), Theologien im Alten Testament: Pluralitat und Synkretismus alttestamentlichen Gottesglaubens (Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 2001, 270p), Theologien im Alten Testament - Theologies in the Old Testament (Trans. John Bowden, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002, 358p), Wesen und Herkunft des apodiktischen Rechts (Neukirchen-Vluyn, 1965, 162p), Woman and Man (with Wolfgang Schrage, trans. Douglas W. Stott; Abingdon, 1981, 252p), and Jahwe, ein patriarchaler Gott?-Yahweh—the Patriarch : Ancient Images of God and Feminist (Trans. Frederick J. Gaiser; Fortress Press, 1996, 168p).

25. Dr. Jeffrey Vogel, A Self-Effacing Gardener:  Divine Causality in the Theology of Austin Farrer - Assoc. Professor of Religion, Hampden-Sydney College See www.HSC.edu and jvogel@hsc.edu 

14)  Can God Take Responsibility for Evil and Still be Good

26. Dr. E. David Cook, Can God Take Responsibility for Evil and Still be Good, Aurthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith & Learning, Wheaton College His books include The Moral Maze (Romanian edition 2004, Spanish ed., 2005), Blind Alley Beliefs (Turkish edition, 2005), Not Just Science edited with D F Chappell (Zondervan, 2005), Contraception (IVP, 2005), and Children of Prometheus edited with D. Russ and P. Adman (Trinity Forum Publications, 2005). His many articles include sections in several books and ones for the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Kairos Journal, Q section (Chicago Tribune), Dictionary of Apologetics, Whitefield Briefing (Oxford).

27. Dr. R. T. Allen, St. Augustine and Nature of Evil, Visiting British Philosopher to the University of the West Indies, Trinidad,  Co-Editor of the Polish Journal, Personalism and Editiorial Advisor for journal Polanyiana for the Central European University, Budapest, Hungry.  He wrote Beyond Liberalism: the Political Thought of F.A. Hayek & Michael Polanyi (Transaction Publishers, 1998). See rt.allen@ntlworld.com, 20 Ulverscroft Rd, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3PU, England. His books The Necessity of God: Ontological Claims Revisited (NY: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers, 2008); with Struan Jacobs, Emotion, Reason and Tradition: Essays on the Social, Political and Economic Thought of Michael Polanyi , (Guildford, Ashgate, 2005; 174p.); Beyond Liberalism: A study of the political thought of F.A. Hayek and Michael Polanyi, with appendix Aurel Kolnai (NJ: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers, 1998); ed., Michael Polanyi: Selected Articles on Society, Economics and Philosophy (NJ: Transaction Publishers, Rutgers, 1997; 395p.); The Structure of Value (Avebury Series in Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing, 1993; 162p.); Transcendence and Immanence in the Philosophy of Michael Polanyi and Christian Theism, Lewiston (NY, Edwin Mellen for Rutherford House, Edinburgh, Contemporary Theology Vol. 5, 1992; 196p.); The Education of Autonomous Man (Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Froebel, Marx, Nietzsche, contemporary philosophers and schemes of education, Sartre, Helvetius and B.F.Skinner; Avebury Series in Philosophy, Ashgate Publishing, 1992; 88p.).

28. Dr. Edward Kapambwe, Can God Take Responsibility for Evil and Still be Good, Instructor, Aurora Christian School, Moody Bible Institute, IL, USA

29. Dr. William L. Blizek, Can God Take Responsibility for Evil and Still be Good, Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Founding Editor Journal of Religion & Film, University of Nebraska at Omaha, wblizek@unomaha.edu.

15)  The Lord’s Prayer and the Sovereignty of God

30. Rev. Dauda Andrawus Gava, The Significance of the Lord's Prayer - Theological College of Northern Nigeria, See www.TCNN.org, Affiliated to University of Jos, P.O.Box 64 Bukuru 930008; Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Dr. Gava was born in Gwoza, Borno Nigeria. He is a member of Church of the Brethren in Nigeria; gavakanadi@yahoo.com and yautadaha@gmail.com, got Ph.D. from University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN, www.UKZN.ac.za). In 2015, he was Centre Director, National Open University of Nigeria Victory International Institute of Theology and Education (VIITE) Special Centre. He has also been the registrar, Theological College of Northern Nigeria and chief administrative officer of the College; provost, Kulp Bible College, Kwarhi Mubi; provost, Victory International Institute of Theology. He holds memberships in over a dozen professional organizations. He received the Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE) of World Council of Churches (WCC) Geneva, Switzerland Scholarship for Doctoral Studies to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) for 2008-2010.  He has written several articles, including, “Discrimination in the church of the Brethren,” Voice of the Brethren (2009); “Exegetical Reflection on Epistle of James 2:1-13,”  (2009); “2012 and Beyond Progressive Change by Moral Economy in the Epistle of James,”  (2011); and “Syllabus for Advanced New Testament Greek,” ACTS Publications (2014). He has also edited and did translation work on Biography of Rev. Usman Lima by Rev. Joel N. Mshelia (2006), several Voice of the Brethren Journals and devotional works.

30.  Dr. Anette Hagan, Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom:  Divine Providence in the Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher - Hagan is the Curator, Rare Books and Music Collections, National Library of Scotland.  Hagan earned both her Ph.D. and her M.Th. from the University of Edinburgh. See www.NLS.uk and www.NLS.uk/collections/rare-books.  Hagan is an Elder, Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh, Scotland;  a.hagan@nls.uk.  She has written Eternal Blessedness for All? A Historical-Systematic Examination of Schleiermacher's Understanding of Predestination (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013; ISBN 978-1-60899-641-4; and bookreview “Friedrich Schleiermacher On the Doctrine of Election with Special Reference to the Aphorisms of Dr. Bretschneider” (trans. with an intro and notes by Iain G. Nicol and Allen G. Jørgenson [Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012; xii+108]),  68:04 Scottish Journal of Theology (November 2015): 496-498.

16)  Divine Providence in Continental Reformed Theologies

30. Tichaona Nigel, Chikanya Predestination and the Perseverance of the Saints in the Theology of Moltmann – Nigel has a M.Th. Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and is a Ph.D. student, Public Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa;  nigeltich@gmail.com.  

30. Dr. Annette Hagan, Divine Soveignty and Human Freedom:  Divine Providence in the Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher -- see www.NLS.uk and www.NLS.uk/collections/rare-books.  Hagan is curator of Rare Books and Music Collections, National Library of Scotland, and an Elder, Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church, Edinburgh, Scotland;  a.hagan@nls.uk. 

Election

17)  A Representation of Various Views on the Doctrine of Election (Corporate & Individual, Conditional & Unconditional)  –

31. Dr. Jeffrey C. Mallinson, Divine Election: A Representation of Different Views, Lutheran, Academic Dean, Trinity Lutheran College, & Scott Keith

18)  Human Depravity and the Need for the Grace of Divine Election –

32. Dr. Confidence Worlanyo Bansah, Ph.D., Engaging in Theodicy:  The Goodness of God and Human Suffering, Bansah is Department of Religion and Human Values, Faculty of Arts, College of Humanities and Legal Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana;  see See cwkbansah@yahoo.com.   

 

33. Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez, Does Divine Election and Human Justification Still Matter to the World?, Director of the Center for Hispanic Studies, Werner R.H. Krause y Elizabeth Ringger Krause Chair for Hispanic Ministries, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, USA

New Testament

19)  Election in John’s Gospel  –

34. Prof. Dr. D. G. van der Merwe (UNISA) (Yes, Jan 10, 2010)

20)  John 1 (Prologue): Divine Initiative in Salvation

35a. Dr. Constantine Papathanassiou, The Johannine Prologue: Divine Initiative in Salvation, University of Athens

35b. Dr. Scott Yoshikawa, John 1: Divine Initiative in Salvation, he is Assistant Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

21)  Imagery of Divine Sovereignty in Gospel of John

36. David Ritsema, Imagery of Sovereignty in John, Pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church, 4600 Manchaca Road, Austin, Texas 78745, USA.

22)  Election in the Book of Revelation  –

37. Dr. Sukmin Cho (Ezra Bible Institute for Graduate Studies. South Korea) (Yes)

38. Dr. Alan S. Bandy, Election in Book of Revelation, Assistant Director of Ph.D. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, SC, USA (Yes, March 31st, 2009).  He is author of www.CafeApocalypsis.com and several articles including “The Layers of the Apocalypse: A Holistic Approach to Revelation’s Structure” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 31:4 (June 2009): 469–99; “Word and Witness: An Analysis of the Lawsuit Motif in Revelation Based on Witness Terminology,” Global Journal of Classical Theology 6:1 (2005 [Online Journal]); “Eschatology and Restoration: An Assessment of the Relationship between Theology and Eschatology in the Writings of N. T. Wright,” Faith and Mission 22.2 (Spring 2005): 56–85. He has contributed the chapter on the Book of Revelation in The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: A Comprehensive Introduction to the New Testament, by Andreas Köstenberger, Scott Kellum, and Charles Quarles (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2009). He is currently revising his Ph.D. dissertation for publication in Sheffield New Testament Monograph series (Sheffield Phoenix Press).
See his Guest Article:  The Martyr-Witnesses and the Justice of God: The Significance of Rev 6:9–11 for the Theology of the Apocalypse

23)  The Meaning of “Foreknowledge” in Romans 8:29-30

39. Dr. Lovemore Togarasei, The Meaning of “Foreknowledge” in Romans 8:29-30, Professor of New Testament, University of Botswana

24)     (a) Romans 9-11: Individual or Corporate Election

40. J. David Stark, What Happens to Israel?: A Biblical-Theological Approach to the Question of Individual and Corporate Election in Romans 9-11, He is a Doctoral Fellow for New Testament, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

41. Dr. Eric Anum, Individual or Corporate Election in Romans 9-11: An Inter-Texture Study, Department of Religion and Human Values, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa, Anum55@yahoo.com.  His articles include, ‘Comparative Readings of the Bible in Africa: Some Concerns’. In  The Bible in Africa Transactions, Trajectories and Trends (Gerald West & Musa Dube, eds., Leiden, Boston and Koln: E.J. Brill: 2000);  ‘Towards Intercultural Contextual Bible Study: A Review of the Adoption Of Contextual Bible Study (From South Africa) in the West of Scotland’ in International Review of Mission (Vol.XCI No.361, 2002: pp.224-236); “Un resolved Tensions and The Way Forward” in Through The Eyes of Another: Intercultural Reading of the Bible (Hans DeWit, Louis Jonker, Marleen Kool Daniel Schipani, eds., Institute of Mennonite Studies & Vrije Universiteit, Indiana Amsterdam: 2004. pp. 176-196); and others in Use and Acquisition of Language And Culture: Effects on Human Society, Challenges of Education in Ghana in the 21st Century, African and European Readers of the Bible in Dialogue In Quest of a Shared Meaning, Ghana Bulletin Of Theology, Drumspeak International Journal of Research In The Humanities, the Journal Of African Biblical Exegetes.

      (b) Romans 9-11: Faithfulness of God to Israel as a Basis for Christian Assurance

42. Dr. Muthuphei Albert Mutavhatsindi, Romans 9-11: The Faithfulness of God to Israel as a
Basis for Christian Assurance
. He teaches at the University of Pretoria, is a Minister of The Reformed Church De Hoop which is found in Limpopo Province (Republic of South Africa).  He served at this congregation from 1998 up to date.  He received his Ph.D on Science of Religion and Missiology through the University of Pretoria (RSA) in 2009.  He is an expert on urban church planting. The title of his thesis is “Church Planting in the South African urban context – with special reference to the Reformed Church Tshiawelo.”  This thesis is published online by the University of Pretoria

25)  Election in Ephesians 1: Individual or Corporate

43. Dr. Michael Eschelbach (Lutheran) (received)

44. Rev. Dr. Bernard O. Ukwuegbu, Election in Ephesians, Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Orlu, Nigeria,  Vice Rector and Chair of Biblical Studies, Seat of Wisdom Seminary Owerri, Nigeria;  see also www.sws-ng.urbaniana.edu

26)  Luke’s emphasis on Divine Sovereignty in Acts –

45. Dr. H. W. M. van de Sandt, Divine Sovereignty in Luke, Assistant Professor, Humanities, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.  His books include H.W.M. van de Sandt and J.K. Zangenberg, Matthew, James and Didache: Three related documents in their Jewish and Christian Settings (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature; Symposium Series, 45; 2008), Matthew and The Didache: Two Documents from the same Jewish-Christian Milieu? (Assen: Van Gorcum, 2005), Sandt & D. Flusser, The Didache. Its Jewish sources and its place in early Judaism and Christianity (Assen: Royal Van Gorcum; Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum, 5; 2002), Sandt, J. Delobel, M. Menken, and H. J. de, Vroegchristelijke gemeenten tussen werkelijkheid en ideaal. Opstellen van leden van de Studiosorum Novi Testamenti Conventus (Kampen: Kok, 2001). He has also contributed several articles Biblica, Schrift, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, Tijdschrift voor Theologie, and Vigiliae Christianae

Election: Missiology & Systematic Theology

27)  Election and the Universal Offer of the Gospel

46. Dr. Muthuphei Albert Mutavhatsindi, Divine Election and the Universal Offer of the Gospel - Minister of The Reformed Church De Hoop which is found in Limpopo Province (Republic of South Africa).  He served at this congregation from 1998 up to date.  He received his Ph.D on Science of Religion and Missiology through the University of Pretoria (RSA) in 2009.  He is an expert on urban church planting. The title of his thesis is Church Planting in the South African urban context – with special reference to the Reformed Church Tshiawelo.

47. Rev. Neal Punt, Election and Universal Offer of the Gospel, see www.EvangelicalInclusivism.com. He is the pastor of Christian Reformed Church, Grand Haven, MI, USA

28)  The Destiny of the Unevangelized

48. Dr. Felix Ehimare Enegho, The Destiny of the Unevangelized, Senior Lecturer in Church History, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kogi State University, Anyigba, Nigeria, www.ccc.edu, He is the author of The Early Church: History and Doctrines. He co - authored a book titled, A Compact History of  25 Years of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria in Ekpoma. He also co – authored a book: The Philosophic – Theological Thoughts of the Medieval Era. He is the Review Editor of UMA: Journal of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Secretary of the Nigerian Journal of Christian Studies as well as an editorial board member of Mission in Context, an upcoming on – line journal of the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS) African Region.

49. Tony Richie, "Constitutionally Christian": A Classical Pentacostal Appraisal of Founders and Figures in World Faiths with Attentiveness to Inclusivist Implications, Ph.D. candidate, London School of Theology at Middlesex University 

29)  Election & Man’s Culpability for Rejecting the Gospel

50. Dr. Pieter Verster, Election and Man's Culpability for Rejecting the Gospel, (University of the Free State, South Africa).  See his A Theology of Christian Mission: What Should the Church Seek to Accomplish? (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, 201p).

30)  Does the Doctrine of Election Make God Unloving –

51. Dylan Potter, Does the Doctrine of Election Make God Unloving, Ph.D. student, Systematic Theology, University of St. Andrews, U.K.

52. Rev. Dr. Olawoyin Noah Olusegun, Does Doctrine of Election Make God Unloving?, Minister, United Missionary Church of Africa (UMCA), and Teacher, Philosophy of Religion, University of Ado-Ekiti, Oyo, Nigeria. His his Ph.D. dissertation was on “The Significance of John Hick’s Concept of Religious Pluralism for Tolerance among Ònkò Yorùbá,” (University of Ibadan, 27 May 2004). He wrote with Fehintola Akangbe “The Nigerian Evangelical Fellowship,” in Ademola Ishola & Deji Ayegboyin (Eds.), Rediscovering and Fostering Unity in the Body of Christ: The Nigerian Experience (Lagos: Sceptre Prints Ltd., 2000), 174-283; he wrote “The Psyco-Religious Power of Modern Music,” Journal of Humanities 3:3 (OBITUN, 2001), 77-99; “‘God-Talk’ in Africa: Refining ‘Chance Philosophy’ for Continental Rebirth,” Ibadan Journal of Multicultural/Multidisciplinary Studies 8:2 (CASTALIA, 2202), 60-74; “The Place of Religion in Moral Experience,” Ado Journal of Religions 1:2 (2002), 27-36; and “Mark 2: 23 – 28: A Humanist Interpretation,” Ado Journal of Religions 2:2 (2002), 12-28.

31)  Does the Doctrine of Election Make God Unfair –

53.  Shao Kai Tseng, Non-Theodicy of the Reformed Doctrin of Predestination:  John Owen's Christocentric Solution to the Lapsarian Dilemma

54. David W. Congdon, The Problem with Double Predestination and the
Case for a Christocentric-Missional Universalism
, M.Div. student, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Grace

32)        (a) Christian Assurance and Crippling Introspection –

55. Rev. Jared Moore, Christian Assurance and Crippling Introspection - pastor, New Salem Baptist Church, Hustonville, Kentucky. See his bio and blog at http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com.  He is Th.M. Candidate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky; www.SWBTS.edu.

56. Nathan Chiroma, Christian Assurance and Crippling Introspection - Chiroma is an elder at the Stellenbosch Baptist Church, South Africa and a lecturer at ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria. See www.sim-nigeria.org/index.php/ministries-topmenu-56/theological-education-topmenu-73.

57. Rev. Dr. Joslyn Lloyd Angus, Divine Assurance and Crippling Introspection, Jamaica, West Indies

             (b) Justification by Faith and Judgment According to Works: Is there a Gracious Solution to the Tension? –

58. Dr. Haroldo Camacho (Former SDA Theology Professor) (Yes)

33)  Saving Grace: Resistible or Irresistible –

59. Dr. Stephen L. Stell (Austin College) (Yes)

60. Dr. Joseph Uvai Mutisya, Saving Grace: Resistible or Unresistible?  

34)  How Does God’s Grace Guarantee that Salvation is Irrevocable

61. Dr. Justyn Terry, Does God's Grace Guarantee Salvation Irrevocable, Dean, President, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA, USA.  He specializes in resurrection and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ, rival "gospels" in the church today, the Gospel as God's revelation, introduction to the theology of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Karl Barth and of Anglican Divines like Thomas Cranmer, John Jewel, William Perkins, Richard Hooker, Lancelot Andrewes, Charles Simeon, John Wesley, Dorothy L. Sayers, C.S. Lewis

62. Victor Nakah (Ph.D. student, Stellenbosch) (Principal, Theological College of Zimbabwe) (Yes)

35)  Ephesians 2: The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation

63. Dr. Godwin Nyijime Touryough (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) (Yes, May, 2008)

64. Gabriel Alalade, MTS (Queen’s Theological College, Canada) (Yes, March, 2010)

          (b) Pistis Christou in Galatians: The Subjective Genitive and the Irrevocable Nature of Salvation –

65. Kyuseok Han, Irrevocable Nature of Salvation in Galations 1, Ph.D. Student, Faith Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA

36)  The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: The Soteriology of 1 Thessalonians 

66. Dr. Jud Davis Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: The Soteriology of 1 ThessaloniansAssociate Professor of Greek, Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee, USA.  His Ph.D. dissertation is The Name and Way of the Lord. Old Testament Themes, New Testament Christology (JSNTSup 129; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996).

67. Dr. Michael Chung, Salvation's Five-Tier Irrevocable Call: The Soteriology of 1 Thessalonians, Adjunct Professor of N.T., Fuller Theological Seminary, www.Fuller.edu; Adjunct Professor of Bible, Houston Baptist University, www.HBU.edu.

37)  Soteriology: Romans 8:1: Is “who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit” a Textual Addition or Original

68. Dr. Craig A. Smith, Romans 8:1: Is “who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit” a Textual Addition or Original?, Chair of the Theology & Ministry Department and Professor of Biblical Studies, Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas  - Trinity College, Bristol, UK

69. Dr. William F. Warren, Jr. (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) (Yes)

38)  The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: Evidences from the Epistle of James

70. Dr. Mariam J. Kamell, Irrevocable_Salvation in_James, Ph.D. student, St. Andrews University.  She is co-author with Craig Blomberg of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary: James (Series eds. George Gutrhrie and Clinton E. Arnold. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009). She has also published several articles on James.

39)  Hagios in Pauline Letters: The Extrinsic source of Christian Holiness  –

71. Kirk Duval Lyons (Ph.D. candidate, Union Theological Seminary at New York City, USA) (Yes)

72. Dr. Michael Eschelbach (Lutheran) (received)

40)  The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: Evidences from the Book of Hebrews

73. Dr. Jim Carlson, Irrevocable Salvation in Hebrews (Instructor, Judson University, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA) (Yes)

74. Dr. David M. Allen, The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: Evidences from the Book of Hebrews, Tutor in New Testament, Queen’s Foundation, UK

41)   The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: A Case from the Old Testament

75. Dr. Edwin Zulu, Irrevocable Salvation from Old Testament, Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew Language, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe Africa University, Faculty of Theology, P.O Box 1320 Mutare, Zimbabwe, TeL; 263-20-60026/60075, Ex. 422; cell: 263-912588126, zulue1964@gmail.com.

76. Dr. Byron G. Curtis (Geneva College) (Yes)

42)  The Analogia Gratiae (The Analogy of Grace)

77. Dr. Paul Molnar, Karl Barth and the Analogy of Grace, Professor of Systematic Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, St. John’s University, Queens, New York.  He is author of Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity: in Dialogue with Karl Barth and Contemporary Theology (NY: T & T Clark, 2005; 357p.), Incarnation and Resurrection: Toward a Contemporary Understanding (MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2007; 418p.), Karl Barth and the Theology of the Lord’s Supper: a Systematic Investigation (NY: P. Lang, 1996; 333p.), and Thomas F. Torrance: Theologian of the Trinity (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub., 2009; 373p.).  

43)  Grace or Morals: What Ultimately Determines our Destinies –

78. Dr. Musonda  Bwalya, Grace or Morals: What Ultimately Determines our Destinies, Principal, United Church of Zambia Theological College, Professor of Social Ethics and Systematic Theology, Kitwe, Republic of Zambia His dissertation at Pretoria University, South Africa, was “A Theological-Ethical Framework For Economic Development: The Case of Zambia.”

79. Philip Olsson, Grace or Morals--What Ultimately Determines Our Destinies, Ph.D. student, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, USA

44)  Christian Salvation: How Being Precedes Act (How who we are in Christ precedes what we do for Him) (Systematic Theology)

80. Julienne Kavira Wangahemuka (In French) (Ph.D. student, Faculté Universitaire de Théologie Protestante de Bruxelles, Belgium) (Yes)

45)  Obedience and Punishment: The Fear of Punishment is an Inadequate means of Nurturing Genuine Obedience (a) to Morals/Rules (b) in the Christian Life –

Jurisprudence & Philosophy

81. Dr. Kola Abimbola (University of Leicester) (Yes)

82. Dr Jackson Maogoto (University of Newcastle School of Law, New South Wales, Australia) (Yes)

83. Dr. Jack Anselm Odhiambo (University of Nairobi) (Yes)

84. Dr. Devonya N. Havis (Virginia Union University) (Yes)

Criminology

85. Dr. Etannibi Alemika (University of Jos, Nigeria) (Yes, April 2009)

86. Dr. Kwame Frimpong (University of Botswana) (Yes, Mid-April 2009)

Humanities

87. Dr. Munyaradzi Felix Murove (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Unilever Ethics Centre) (Yes)

 Pastoral Theology

88. Rev. Dr. Ralph Garlin Clingan, Is Fear of Punishment an Inadequate Means of Nurturing Obedience to Morals, Rules, and Christian Life?, Retired Homiletics and Liturgics Professor for Interdenominational Theological Center, Georgia, USA.  See www.ActionPreaching.com.  Ralph Garlin Clingan, from Clarksville, Arkansas, is currently an author with a preference for advocating public policy changes in the United States. He is also a musician and actor directing and playing church dramas. Some of his books include Against Cheap Grace in a World Come of Age, an Intellectual Biography of Clayton Powell, 1865-1953 (NY: Peter Lang, 2002) and Action Preaching (Seoul: Preaching Academy, 2005).

89. Rev. Dr. Tshililo Liphadzi (Reformed Church of Southern Africa) (Yes, March 21st, 2010)

Practical Theology

90. Rev. Dr. Japhet Ndhlovu (Continental Coordinator of the AACC 9th General Assembly; former General Secretary of the Council of Churches of Zambia) (Yes, March 21st, 2010)

91. Dr. Veikko Munyika (Lutheran) (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia) (Yes)

Christian Ethics

92. Dr. Godfrey Harold (Cape Town Baptist Seminary, South Africa) (Yes, March 21st, 2010)

93. Rev. Ishaya Gajere (Nigeria) (Ph.D. student, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, USA) (Yes, November 21st, 2009)

46)  The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation as a Basis for Worship and Surrender of the Soul to God –

European

1) 94. Dr. Tamás Kodácsy (Reformed Chaplain, Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, Hungary) (Yes)

2) 95. Dr. Robert Keefer, Irrevocable Nature of Salvation as a Basis for Worship and Surrender of the Soul to God, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa, USA 

Latin America, Asia, Middle East

1) 96. Dr. Patricio Viveros Robles (Archbishop of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Chile & Primate of the Latin America Anglican Province) (Yes)

2) 97. Rev. Dr. Abd-el-masih Istafanous (Evangelical Church of Egypt) (Yes, submission in 2010)

3) 98. Rev. Dr. George Oommen, Divine Peace from a Reformed Perspective based on the Sermon on the Mount, Luther W. New Jr. Theological College, Dehradun, India

African

1) 99. Yohannes Baheru Faye (Ph.D. student, Biblical Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary) (Nairobi International School of Theology) (Yes, March 21st, 2010), Rev. Tim Wambunya (African Institute for Contemporary Mission and Research)

47)  Salvation as Enduring Mental Liberation from Legalism and Wounding Human Labels

100. Dr. Arthur L. Pressley (Drew University) (Yes)

101. Rev. Dr. Irene Monroe (Harvard graduate) (Yes)

The Challenge

48)  How Can I Accept the Sovereignty of God?

102a. Rev. Canon Dr. John Magumba, How Can I Accept the Sovereignty of God.  He is a minister for the Church of England.

Response to Magumba -

103. Dr. Les Crawford, Response to Rev. Canon Dr. Magumba’s Article – How Can I Accept the Sovereignty of God?, Academic Dean, Adelaide College of Ministries   

49)  Divine Sovereignty and Everyday Life

104. Rev. Dr. Min Joshua Chung, Divine Sovereignty and Everyday Life, Affectionately known as “Pastor Min”, he is the founding and lead pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church. Along with his pastoral duties, he serves as a board member of "Serving in Mission (SIM)", Global Partners (GP), and KIMNET. He is also an adjunct professor at Urbana Theological Seminary. He received his Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from Biblical Theological Seminary and majored in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Urbana, IL with his wife, Gee, and five children, Joshua, Daniel, Ruth, Hannah, and Sarah. Interview with Pastor Min (1996). Interview with Pastor Min (1998). Rev. Joe is currently serving in the Middle East and was an associate pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church for ten years. He graduated with a degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and received his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary.

105. Rev. Dr. Dwight E. Cook (Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Honolulu Hawaii) (Received)

50)  How Can I Love a Sovereign God when Tragedy Strikes/In the Midst of Suffering?

106. Dr. Mark L. Richardson, How Can I Love a Sovereign God When Tragedy Stikes?, Faculty Mentor, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, Buckley, WA, & President of CrossReach Ministries International, Broken Arrow, OK

107. Professor Dr. H. G. L. Peels, Can the Angry God of the Old Testament be the Foundation of the Assurance and Faith? - Professor of Old Testament, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, www.TUA.nl.  Prior to his current post, he was President of the Old Testament Society in the Netherlands and Belgium, Rector of the Theological Univ. of Apeldoorn, Co-founder and President of the Christian Academic Network of the Netherlands, Research Assoc. Dept. of Old Testament Studies at Univ. of Free State in South Africa, Member Board of Directors Greenwich School of Theology in UK, and more.  See www.webkey7.nl/tua/images2/curriculum_vitae_prof_dr_hgl_peels.pdf for his full vita.

108. Dr. Julius Gathogo (received)

51)     (a) A Theology of Disability and Coping with HIV/AIDS

109. Dr. Curtis W. Whiteman (Westmont) (Yes)

      (b) Coping with AIDS: A Traditional African Theological Perspective

110. Dr. Lucas Nandih Shamala (Metropolitan State College of Denver) (week extension from March 18th)

52)     (a) Does a Sovereign God Love Humanity Less than a God Limited by Human Freedom

111. Dr. Thomas G. Weinandy, Human Suffering and the Impassibility of God, he is a Capuchin Franciscan Priest, Executive Director, Secretariat of Doctrine, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC.

112. Sulia Abubakarr Mason, Does a Sovereign God Love Humanity Less? Lecturer in 19th Pragmatism and Philosophy of Religion, Clemson University (Received)

          (b) Does a Sovereign God Love Humanity Less than a God who is Not (Universal Salvation)

113. Dr. Eberhard Busch (Universität Göttingen, Germany) (Received)

114. Dr. Hans Schwarz, Divine Sovereignty and Divine Love--Contradiction or Necessary Complement   (Lutheran) (Universität Regensburg, Germany (Received)

53)  The Sovereignty of God and the Death of Loved Ones –

115. Dr. James Thomas (Associate Professor, Church and Community Director of African American Studies Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina) (Yes, March 21st, 2010)

116. Rev. Willetta (Lettie) J. Ar-Rahmaan, Sovereignty of God and the Death of Loved Ones, Minister of Assimilation and Women’s Ministry Leader, First Baptist Church-West, Charlotte, NC 28216, revlettie@aol.com

54)  The Sovereignty of God and African Suffering –

117. Dr. James Ndyabahika (Africa University) (Yes)

55)  The Sovereignty of God and Hispanic Suffering -

118. Rev. Roy Palavicini (Iglesia de la Comunidad, Glendale) (Recieved)

56)  The Sovereignty of God and Third World Suffering 

119. Dr. Hazel Ayanga,, Who Cries for Africa: Perspective of Third World Suffering, Visiting Prof., Yale, Moi University, Kenya 

57)  The Sovereignty of God and the Suffering of Women

120. Kamusime Higiro Beatrice (Roman Catholic) (Member, European Society of Women in Theological Research, Belgium) (Yes, March 21st, 2010)

58)  Has the Reformation Left us Cold? (Doctrinal Orthodoxy at the Expense of Praxis) –  

121. Dr. Trevor O’Reggio (Director of M.A. in Religion Program; Assoc. Prof. of Church History, Department Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University, USA) (Yes, March 21st, 2010)

59)  Can Arminians and Calvinists be Friends…Yes  –

122. Dr. Samson Fatokum and Biodun Owolabi, Can the Calvinists and Arminians Be Friends?--Yes  by Dr. Samson Adetunji Fatokun, Senior Lecturer in Church History, Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa, and Dr. Biodun Owolabi, Director of Studies, West Nigeria Christian College and School of Biblical Studies, Abeokuta, Nigeria, West Africa.

 

 

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