David W. Jones on the Benefits of Christian Marriage

The faculty at Southeastern regularly contribute to the evangelical and SBC blogosphere. When they do, we want you to know about it. This week David Jones, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Th.M. program at Southeastern, wrote about the benefits of Christian marriage. As an author, ethicist, and Christian husband for 20 years he is more than qualified to write on the topic. He gives sound, encouraging, and biblical wisdom for other husbands. 

The post appeared at Canon and Culture, the Christianity and Public Square blog of the ERLC. Here’s an excerpt:

Given the primacy of God’s glory and name, it stands to reason that the Lord would be jealous for his people, for they are created in order to glorify his name. Indeed, this is what Scripture records as in reference to his people God proclaims, “I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy” (Zech. 8:2). Additionally, a host of passages demonstrate the truth that when the Lord’s people begin to glorify other gods, it is then that his jealousy is most clearly aroused.

Within the institution of marriage, spouses have the unique opportunity to experience relational jealousy, thereby enabling them to understand the truth of God’s husband-love for his people, as well as the intensity of divine jealousy. In fact, the potential for jealousy in marriage is so great that the Old Testament civil law contains procedures for regulating a husband’s jealousy toward his wife (cf. Num. 5:11–31).

We strongly encourage you to read the full post here.

Book Notice: “Marriage and Family: Biblical Essentials” by Andreas Köstenberger and David Jones

Recent rulings on gay marriage and debates on family-related issues have placed marriage and family at the forefront of the public eye. More so than at any point in history, we are now confronted with the need to carefully define the meaning of marriage and family.[1] In the light of this reality Crossway has recently published Marriage and the Family: Biblical Essentials, by Southeastern’s very own Andreas Köstenberger and David Jones. The book is an abridgment of the authors’ well-received God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation (2d ed., 2010).

Like its parent volume, Marriage and the Family seeks to provide a biblical-theological treatment of marriage and family by drawing upon the entire canon of Scripture and from the whole biblical narrative. The unifying factor is the Triune God who created man and woman in his image and called them to become one flesh. Marriage and the Family then traces the implications and expansions of this theology throughout the Bible (ch. 1). Chapters 2–8 explore the multiple facets of this theology and its application to very (post)“modern” issues: sex, reproductive technologies, homosexuality, singleness, divorce and remarriage, and parenting receive thorough biblical investigation.

The benefit of Marriage and the Family is its function as an abridgement. Its manageable size makes it a great resource for small group study, personal reading, and as an introduction to or reminder of the larger argument of God, Marriage, and Family.

Andreas J. Köstenberger is senior professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist. David W. Jones serves as Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Coordinator of Th.M. and Thesis Studies at Southeastern. Jake Pratt, PhD student in Biblical Theology at Southeastern, assisted with the abridgment.

[1] Taken from the back cover of Marriage and the Family: Biblical Essentials (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).

An Invitation to Study Christian Ethics at Southeastern

Perhaps one is not overstating the case to say that Christian Ethics is the academic discipline that finds itself on the frontlines of the battle more than any other in the 21st century? Questions about abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and quality of life pervade the medical field. Debates about justice dominate the political realm. Issues such as global warming and environmental pollution are at the heart of nearly every fracas in the economic realm. Discussions about homosexuality, gender, and race pervade the anthropology, sociology, and political realms of society.

And so, with ethical matters at the forefront of our minds in the 21st century, we invite you to come study Christian ethics at Southeastern, where you will have opportunities to take courses in Biblical Ethics, History of Philosophical Ethics, History of Theological Ethics, War and Peace, Wealth and Poverty, Environmental Ethics, Virtue and Moral Character, Sexual Ethics, Comparative Religious Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, and more. Guiding you in your studies will be Dan Heimbach, David Jones, Mark Liederbach, and other adjunctive faculty. Here is a brief overview of our ethics faculty and their areas of expertise:

Dan Heimbach (Ph.D., Drew University Graduate School) is Senior Professor of Christian Ethics and the author of or contributor to fourteen books including True Sexual Morality: Recovering Biblical Standards for a Culture in Crisis (Crossway); Counterfeit Sexuality: Defending Biblical Sexual Morality from Four Threats to God’s Design for Biblical Sexual Behavior (Focus on the Family) and Basic Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Godly Living (B&H, forthcoming). He has also published more than 50 journal and magazine articles, and contributed articles in the ESV Study Bible (Crossway). Dr. Heimbach has become a publishing machine; he writes many books and articles and always on such interesting topics (e.g. sex and war). A book by Heimbach always makes my heart beat faster.

David W. Jones (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Coordinator of Th.M. and Thesis Studies. He is the author of The Law and Liberty: An Introduction to Biblical Ethics (B&H Academic, forthcoming); God, Marriage and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation (Crossway); and Reforming the Morality of Usury: A Study of Differences that Separated the Protestant Reformers (University Press of America). He has also published articles in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; Faith & Mission; Bibliotheca Sacra; and The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Dr. Jones is known as a meticulous researcher and fine classroom instructor.

Mark D. Liederbach (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students, and the co-author with Alvin Reid of The Convergent Church (Crossway), co-editor with SEBTS professor Bruce Little of Defending the Faith (B&H, 2011), and contributed two chapters to the aforementioned God, Marriage and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation by Andreas J. Köstenberger with David Jones. He has published articles in Faith & Mission and Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Dr. Liederbach is known as a pastor, a scholar, a teacher, and a Troy Aikman look-alike.

Southeastern offers degrees in Christian Ethics on the Masters and Doctoral level. The Master of Arts (Christian Ethics) is a Seminary program providing specialized academic training that prepares men and women to impact the culture for Christ through prophetic moral witness and service in a variety of settings. The M.Div. with Christian Ethics weds Southeastern’s M.Div. core with 12 hours of track selectives, courses focused in ethics. It can be completed in 3 years alone or a student may complete both the M.Div. with Ethics and the M.A. (Christian Ethics) with an additional year of study.

The Th.M. at Southeastern is a post-M.Div. degree designed to build leaders through personal mentoring by the faculty and can be taken in a thesis or non-thesis track. The Th.M. in Theological Studies with a specialization in Christian Ethics prepares one either for doctoral study in Ethics or for ministry in a local church or on a mission field. David Jones is the coordinator of Th.M. and thesis studies at Southeastern.

The Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Christian Ethics prepares students to teach ethics and theology courses to college or seminary students, and to write at the scholarly level and for the church on Christian Ethics from an explicitly evangelical perspective.

We invite you to study with our Christian Ethics faculty in the M.A., M.Div., Th.M., or Ph.D. programs of Southeastern. For more info visit our website (http://www.sebts.edu/ or http://www.sebts.edu/college/) and check out the Admissions and Academics links.