Things are really starting to pile up this semester in school. Attempting to finish strong, I am taking five classes this semester which also includes four papers. As you can expect, blog frequency will likely taper of a little, although I do plan on sharing some of my research and everyday thoughts. Right now, I am averaging 12-15 posts a week, which will decrease to around 7-10 posts a week. Blue Collar Theology, book previews, and the other staple posts such as quick hits and potw, should remain consistent.
I thought I share some of the papers and projects I am working on, given that I will be posting excerpts and aspects of my research. Here are my four papers:
1. Church Planting Case Study – This is a paper dedicated to my research and analysis of a recent church plant. Because I have not received confirmation from the church which I will be studying, I will not comment further. (Intro to Church Planting)
2. Edwards v. Finney on Revival – This is a thesis-driven paper where I will argue that both Edwards means and ends of revival are true to the nature of God and salvation and biblically faithful. As you might expect, this is a somewhat polemical paper. In addition to their understanding of revival, I hope to examine in particular detail how each counsel sinners and follow-up on new converts. (Intro to Church History II)
3. Exegetical Study of Zechariah’s Night Visions – Some of you might recall that I taught through some of Zechariah 1-8 earlier this past summer. It was a really enjoyable study, and I am hoping to build on that by writing an exegetical paper focusing on a redemptive/historical framework and hermeneutical horizons of these eight visions which carry several biblical themes. (Biblical Hermeneutics)
4. The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Unevangelized – This will by far be the paper I devote most of my attention to this semester (see projects for reason why). This is a position paper where I will be examining Clark Pinnock’s pneumatological inclusivism (Arminian/Open Theist), Terrance Tiessen’s accessibilism (Calvinist), and Amos Yong’s pneumatological theology of religion (Pentecostal/Charismatic). I will offer my critiques of each position and present the exclusivist/particularist case for the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation. Issues involved include are Trinitarian (especially economic/immanent Trinity, filioque, perichoresis, and Spirit-Anointed Christology [kenosis]), soteriological (covenant, atonement, revelation, regeneration, grace, and calling), interreligious (cosmic spirit, imago dei, universal presence/salvation, church/kingdom identity, and missio dei), and biblical (theological method, Spirit in OT/NT, continuity/discontinuity, and already/not yet). Obviously, I will not be able to cover these issues in a short position paper, which leads me to my projects. (Systematic Theology III)
1. Systematic Analysis of Inclusivism – During the course of my time at seminary, I have been researching the issues which I believe are “first-order” or greatest threats to orthodoxy and/or the gospel. This has lead me to take up the issues of pluralism, universalism, and inclusivism. I have written several papers on inclusivism, focusing on revelation, saving faith, theological method, and now Holy Spirit. My goal is to write a paper on every major area of systematic theology (e.g. theology proper, revelation, saalvation, eschatology, et al) on inclusivism and compile them into a book-length project. This project is rather long-term, but I believe the time and work invested is certainly warranted. I hope to have it completed in 2-3 years.
2. The Forgotten Henry – I already gave you the heads up on this project, so I will not say much here. I am really looking forward to tackling this study in the next 1-2 years as I have already completed 75% of the research, bibliography, and organized an outline of the project.
3. 2008 Band of Bloggers - Some of you may remember that I organized a fellowship called “Band of Bloggers” in 2006 which was in conjunction with the first Together for the Gospel conference. This is the first time I have publicly mentioned next year’s fellowship. I and a small team of others have been planning for about six weeks and are really excited about it. Last time I had only three weeks to put it together, so it is nice having eight months instead! Stay tuned for more info on this project.
4. Miscellaneous (Smaller Projects) – Some other projects I am working on is posting my other drafts on “Dortian Calvinism” in response to Dr. James Leo Garrett’s articles in The Alabama Baptist. I have a total of 12 in the series. Another project is a study of the various church planting models (Acts 29, Sovereign Grace, NAMB, etc.) and developing a church planting strategy. Lastly, I am hoping to juxtapose and examine the latest statements/confessions focused on the gospel, viz. The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration (1999), Together for the Gospel Statement (2006), and the Gospel Coalition Confession (2007).
Any of these particularly interest you? Discuss on the blog?