From the Editor
As an alumnus of Talbot (’98), I have always read through every issue of Sundoulos as soon as it arrived. I appreciated how Sundoulos kept me connected to Talbot and kept me informed about important and thought-provoking issues. So after returning to be a professor at Talbot in 2010, I was delighted at the opportunity to take over the role of editing Sundoulos from Garry DeWeese. We want to continue to provide you with a connection to Talbot and articles that will challenge and encourage you.
As this issue of Sundoulos goes into the mail, Talbot is rejoicing over the opening of our new building, Tabot East. To help you join in the celebration, our main article recounts the planning, funding, and construction of Talbot East. We also continue a conversation on justification that Sundoulos began in the Spring 2011 issue. For this issue, two professors who serve in Talbot’s Institute for Spiritual Formation present articles dealing with aspects of justification. Steve Porter helps us think through substitutionary atonement in a persuasive fashion – an important topic in a time when many question this pillar of justification. John Coe shows us the centrality and relevance of the doctrine of justification, as he demonstrates that true spiritual formation is rooted in a genuine understanding and appropriation of justification.
Some 10 years ago I inherited the editorship of Sundoulos from Dr. Bob Saucy, the founding editor. My tenure as editor has been thoroughly delightful as I have been able to work closely with many of our outstanding faculty in soliciting articles, editing and suggesting revisions, and through it all, learning much myself.
The years have brought changes: Sundoulos is now jointly a product of Talbot and the Alumni office, and each issue benefits from the creative designers at Biola’s University Communications and Marketing department. But our overall vision for Sundoulos has not changed; through the journal we strive to have an ongoing ministry to our alumni, bringing them the fruit of faculty research. To put it differently, it is you, the reader, that has given purpose to our work, and each issue is conceived with the primary goal of edification of alumni in various ministries around the world.
While I have been blessed to be the editor, it is time to pass the torch. Dr. Gary Manning, Associate Professor of New Testament, begins his editorship with this issue. A Talbot grad, Gary has experience as a youth pastor, associate pastor, church planter, and professor, and with nine children, has learned much about time management, nourishing leadership and love. He is the right man for this job!
I look forward eagerly to the continuing ministry of Sundoulos under Gary Manning’s competent leadership.
Sundoulos is published by the Talbot Alumni Association for the purpose of ministering to and communicating with alumni and friends of Talbot. All rights reserved. No material can be reproduced without the permission of the Sundoulos editorial staff.
The Talbot journal, Sundoulos (soon'-doo-los), is designed to serve those who have graduated from Talbot and are in full-time ministry. Sundoulos grew out of an influx of requests for some kind of continued support for alumni as they finished their coursework at Talbot. In 1993, it joined with the Alumni newsletter and received a new format. Dr. Bob Saucy was instrumental in the creation of the journal and describes it as “a way we could bring the fruit of the faculty to alumni.”