Oct. 25 Towers: Moore looks at evangelism and social justice; Grudem discusses Politics book; and SOCM re-launches journal

Communications Staff — October 25, 2010

With the Oct. 25 “Towers,” we break the rules – we talk about politics and religion. This issue considers the Christian’s place in politics and how the church plays a key role in influencing the government for the common good. The PDF can be downloaded here.

  • Offering an editorial on the relationship between evangelism and social justice is Russell D. Moore, dean of the School of Theology and senior vice president for academic administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Moore seeks to answer the question, “Can the church be both evangelistic and concerned about social justice?” He argues the church should seek a holistic mission and ministry in the same way that Jesus did. “Of course, Jesus’ ministry would be about such things. After all, the Bible shows us, from the beginning, that the scope of the curse is holistic in its destruction – personal, cosmic, social, vocational (Gen 3-11) and that the Gospel is holistic in its restoration – personal, cosmic, social, vocational (Rev 21-22),” Moore writes, who also serves as professor of Christian theology and ethics at Southern Seminary (page 3).
  • Keeping with the politics theme, Aaron interviews author and theologian Wayne Grudem about his new book, Politics – According to the Bible. Grudem is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Ariz. (pages 6 and 7).
  • In addition, the issue features Aaron’s review of the Grudem book along with reviews of other literature concerning the relationship between theology and politics, church and state (pages 10 and 11).
  • The School of Church Ministries released a new print journal, The Journal of Family Ministry. The re-launch of this publication presents readers with the opportunity to hear from the very best in Christian scholarship taking on issues related to family ministry (page 13).

Other content in “Towers” includes:

  • R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, addressing SBTS trustees about the intellectual pressure facing the younger generation of evangelicals (page 5);
  • Heather Payne, musical guest for the upcoming W conference at Southern Seminary, discussing her most recent album, Sweet Exchange (page 8);
  • a Southern Story highlighting the life and ministry of Pat Melancon, visiting professor of missions for The Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism (page 9); and
  • the seminary saving more than a quarter-million dollars on energy costs (page 13).

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