In addition to my roles and responsibilities at Midwestern, I have the privilege of serving and supporting the work of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood both as a Board Member and as Editor of the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The Journal is published two times a year and features short-length essays on contemporary topics, full-length scholarly articles, a featured sermon or address, and reviews of books of interest to our readers.
The Fall 2016 issue of JBMW releases this week and this issue begins with three essays:
First, Thomas White, president of Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, and CBMW board member, writes on feelings and the transgender experience;
Sam Storms, lead pastor for preaching and vision at Bridgeway Community Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, kindly shares his thoughts on 1 Timothy 2:11-15 and the relationship between men and women in the local church in his “Ten Things You Should Know Series”;
and Adam Kareus, associate pastor of River Valley Community Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, gives a helpful call to discipleship within families and church families.
This issue also contains two unique studies.
Todd R. Chipman, assistant professor of biblical studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastor of The Master’s Community Church in Kansas City, Kansas, provides a scholarly look at the use of military motifs in the prayer songs of women in Scripture.
He is joined by Owen Strachan, director of the Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Seminary and CBMW senior fellow, who examines transgenderism from a moral and theological perspective.
Following the essays and studies, this issue contains a special address from our new CBMW President, Denny Burk entitled, “My Vision for the Future of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.”
The Journal concludes with several significant reviews by Mary Kassian, Candi Finch, J. Alan Branch, William M. Marsh, Sarah Bubar, Katie McCoy, Drew Ham, S. Craig Sanders, and David Young. My thanks is extended to the able assistance and collaboration of assistant editors Candi Finch and Jeremy M. Kimble throughout 2016 and these two issues.
Finally, the Journal recognizes that the end of 2016 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of a significant publication known and appreciated by our readers. First published by Crossway in 1991 and edited by Wayne Grudem and John Piper, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood arrived to answer many questions evangelicals and others were asking about the roles of men and women in the church and home. Revised in 2006, this volume continues as a mainstay reference work, and many of the chapters still serve as significant starting places for consulting the topics addressed.
For those planning to attend the The Gospel Coalition national conference in Indianapolis do not miss the CBMW 2017 TGC Luncheon, April 4 featuring CBMW President Denny Burk, Kevin DeYoung, Sam Allberry, and Andrew Walker discussing “Ministry in a Transgender Age.”