Just when I begin tying my shoes on the way out the door of Southern Seminary, I am alerted to the new Southern Seminary student journal Adorare Mente. Here is a summary of what this journal is about:
The purpose of Adorare Mente is summed up in the title – “To worship with the mind.” Contrary to the opinion and practice of some, rigorous academic study is not at odds with intense personal piety. In fact, learning to think well is a necessary component of Christian discipleship. Worship is at its peak when mind and heart flow together. Since the purpose of ministerial training is to educate the mind while warming the heart, this journal is designed to encourage students to use all of their mind, to be intellectually ambitious, but not for their own glory. Students should harness and direct those powers for the good of the kingdom. In the past this union of heart and mind was well represented in such pastor-theologians as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, John Owen, and Jonathan Edwards, and in the present-day, examples are found in John Piper and Mark Dever, among others. It is hoped that this journal is but a small step towards recovering the model of the pastor-theologian on a much wider scale today.
The current plans for publication is one issue per semester (biannually), and each issue will feature five articles written by students Southern–one article each in the fields of New Testament, Old Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Worldview and Culture. Each complete issue will be available from this website as a PDF download, and a limited number of print copies will be available on the SBTS campus.
I happen to know some of the guys on the editorial board, and they are excellent theologians and young scholars. Under their leadership, acumen, and direction, I have good reason to believe this journal will be more than a success; it will be a useful catalyst for the kind of evangelical renaissance intertwining academic rigor with burning hearts for the glory of God. Be sure to check out their website and look forward to their first issue.