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James R. Edwards

The Lamp Has Not Yet Gone Out, by Dr. James R. Edwards -- p. 13
Edwards looks at 1 Samuel that was "the most desperate moment between Moses and David."  Yet in the midst of judgment and desperation, "the lamp of God had not yet been extinguished."  There are lessons for the church today as it seeks God's will in bringing renewal. p.13 Jan/Feb 2009 Theology Matters

Jesus Christ, Scripture and the Confessions, by Dr. James R. Edwards--- p. 8
Edwards rejects the theology of Amendment B that attempts to create a hierarchy with Christ at the top, separated from Scripture, followed by Scripture and then Confessions only in so far as they agree with this imagined Christ. p. 8   Nov/Dec 2008 Theology Matters

The Protracted Struggle as a Spiritual Discipline, by Dr. James R. Edwards, p. 13--
Bible study of Matthew 16--Peter's confession at Caesarea Philippi as it applies to the church today.  Nov/Dec 2008 Theology Matters, p. 13

How Can Our Denomination Become What It Ought to Be by James R. Edwards
This talk was given at the Coalition dinner during the 2006 General Assembly. Edwards challenged GA commissioners and all who face votes on whether the church should ordain practicing homosexuals that this the ordination of homosexuals is not parallel to the ordination of women.  Those who say it is "Pharisaical to judge others fail to understand that what Jesus opposed was that the Pharisees failed to hold themselves to the judgments they made. Finally, our church is so divided over this issue because many people no longer believe that doctrine matters. "If doctrine does not matter then the gospel does not matter."   Finally he encourages those who are weary to remember the protracted historic struggles and "to be steadfast, immovable, abounding in the world of the Lord...." 1 Cor 15:58  Sep/Oct 2006 Theology Matters p. 1

Word of Christ to the Church: A Bible Study on Revelation 2:1-6 by James R. Edwards
This study was given at the Presbyterian Coalition Gathering in Oct, 1005.  Edwards interprets for the church today, God's word to the church at Ephesus who had lost its first love by compromising Christ with culture. Jan/Feb 2006 Theology Matters p. 9

The Duties of Love: A Christian Response to Homosexual Behavior, by Jerry Andrews, Susan Cyre, James Edwards, Robert Gagnon, Ulrich Mauser
The authors explain that love demands that we acknowledge and preserve the Truth as it applies to male and female as God's creation; reverence for the life of children; marriage and God's covenant; the love commandment; and sexuality and idolatry.  the authors also explain how the three-fold offices of the church that correspond to Jesus roles of prophet, priest and king, apply to this issue of sexuality.   May/Jun 2005 Theology Matters, p. 1

Why Christology Is An Endangered Species by James R. Edwards
Edwards' argues "that we are witnessing a paradigm shift away from a theology of redemption to a theology of creation...we are witnessing a shift in theology from what God can and will do in the gospel to what God did once for all creation. Concomitant with the shift from Christology to creation is a shift away from the doctrines of sin and repentance, which according to the preaching of the cross are essential to the reception of new life in Christ.   The new theology argues that what is, is essentially good and right."  Jan/Feb 2002 Theology Matters p. 1

A Biblical Ethic for the End of Human Life by James R. Edwards, Professor of Religion, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA.  Edwards examines the nature of human life, the stewardship for life, and that you are not your own.  Jan/Feb 2001 Theology Matters   p. 6

Jesus Wasn't a Pluralist by James R. Edwards, reprinted with permission from Christianity Today, April 5, 19999, p. 64-66.  Those who promote the ordination of practicing homosexuals argue that Jesus' message was one of inclusiveness.  Edwards writes, "In many respects, Jesus was inclusive.  he offered forgiveness and fellowship to outcasts within Judaism, and to Gentiles outside it, in a way that was unprecedented among Jewish rabbis.  But in other respects, Jesus was more exclusive than his Jewish contemporaries: he refused political alliances with Herod Antipas, the "fox" who beheaded John the Baptist; he refused to replace God with Torah and he refused to identify the kingdom of God with any of the prevailing sects of Judaism."  Edwards examines: the First Order of Business; American Church Captive; Liberating the Church.   Sep/Oct 1999 Theology Matters, p. 7

What Ever Happened to the Great Ends of the Church? by Dr. James R. Edwards, professor of religion at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA.   Edwards challenges the church saying, "We have ceased calling sinners to conversion, and church discipline is lax or non-existent.  We have been less than zealous for the truth of the gospel and purity of faith.  We have failed to teach our children the faith.  We have been indifferent to apostasy, mission and personal holiness..... What can be done? The answer, I suggest, is to recover a Biblical-confessional model for the church." May/Jun 1998 Theology Matters p. 8

The Image of God: Clarifying the Confusion by James R. Edwards, Professor of Religion at Whitworth College, Spokane, WA.  Edwards examines Genesis 1 and 2's account of God creating man and woman in his own image.  Edwards observes, "By virtue of his creation, the human is a citizen of two realms--the mundane and the celestial, the city of man and the city of God.  Genesis 1 signifies this difference by noting that all animal life is made 'according to its kind.' but the human is made 'in God's image.'"  Nov/Dec 1997 Theology Matters p. 9

The Presbyterian Church Struggle: Reflections on the Relevance of the Barmen Declaration by James R. Edwards, Ph. D.  PCUSA pastor and Chairman of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND. Edwards examines Confessionalism versus Accommodation to Culture by looking at the struggle of the German Confessing Church that was given expression in the Barmen Declaration.  "The struggle was perceived and articulated by the Synod of Barmen in terms of confessionalism versus accommodation to culture.  Specifically that meant a conflict between two understandings and models of Christianity.  The one, represented by the 'German Christians,' advocated a 'positive Christianity' that sought to integrate the gospel as far as possible with the prevailing ideology ushered in by Hitler and National Socialism. ...The other understanding of Christianity was expressed by the 'Confessing Church,' which at Barmen and subsequent synods raised a voice of protest against reformulating Christianity according to Germanic and especially Nazi archetypes." Jan/Feb 1997 Theology Matters p. 5

The Terrible Necessity of Tribulation: C.S. Lewis on Human Suffering by James R. Edwards, PCUSA minister and chairman of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND.  Edwards observes, "God's job is not simply to keep his creatures happy or contented; he wills to see them changed, ultimately into his own likeness."  Edwards continues, "When we suffer we often accuse God of too little love.  the truth is actually the reverse; our pain in such instances is the result of a 'love that will not let us go,' to quote the hymnist."  Jul/Aug 1996 Theology Matters p. 4

The Bible and the Practice of Homosexuality by James R. Edwards, PCUSA minister and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND. This article originally appeared in the May/Jun 1995 Theology Matters.  Edwards looks at each pertinent OT and NT text explains its interpretation, then some pro-homosexual  advocacy people's objections to the text and finally a response to their objections.  This is a careful exegesis of the Hebrew and Greek texts that deal with sexual expression.   Edwards then addresses some questions raised such as the cultural attitudes toward homosexuality in the Ancient Near East and Why are references to homosexuality relatively infrequent in the Bible. Mar/Apr 1996 Theology Matters p. 10