MB Biblical Seminary Faculty Position Elimination

The MB Biblical Seminary inTouch Spring/Summer 2010 insert inside the May 2010 MB Herald has a faculty transition announcement on page 6 called “Jon Isaak: Scholar, Teacher, Missionary, Friend” written by Elmer A Martens, President Emeritus and Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, MB Biblical Seminary. He writes that at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year, Jon Isaak will transition from full time faculty member at MBBS. According to the article, Jon’s position as Associate Professor of New Testament was “eliminated as part of Seminary staff and faculty reductions.“

Is it any coincidence that this is the same professor, according to reliable sources, who wrote the following:

“sometimes Jesus’ remarkable life–as prophet, miracle worker, healer, teacher, etc.–is thought to be result of some pre-incarnate status in the heavens. Yet the NT writers do not argue in this way. Instead, they are quite clear that:

The earthly Jesus does not come “trailing clouds of glory” from any preincarnate status;
nor is there a single one of his dignities which he is said to hold in virtue of a heavenly
origin. Through testing he became superior to the angels and inherited the loftier name
(Heb 1:4). And if we find this disturbing, the fault may lie in ourselves, not in our sources. (Caird 1994:295)

Another example: sometimes Jesus’ remarkable life is thought to be the result of being born to a virgin. Yet, only the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke mention the virginal conception and no NT writer bases their conviction of Jesus’ divinity on the circumstances of his birth. In fact, Paul is clear that Jesus entered the world in the normal way (Gal 4:4; Rom 8:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 2:7) and that the new creation begins at Jesus’ resurrection (1 Cor 15:45-49; 2 Cor14 5:17). What then are the infancy narratives about?

-[this quote is from Chapter 8 of the manuscript of a soon to be published MB book (at the time in 2009) which, according to reliable sources, was written by the above professor – whether or not it has since been published is unknown]

Attention Mennonite Brethren!!!

Even so, the inTouch article in the MB Herald tells us:

Jon’s scholarship is evident in that his PH.D. dissertation on Hebrews, written at McGill University, was published with the title Situating the Letter to the Hebrews in early Christian History (2002). Such an honor comes only to the best of scholars. Jon has been hard at work on a monograph on New Testament theololgy. Again, to be publishing such a work early in his career on a subject many leave to the final years of their teaching is testimony to a vigorous and industrious scholar.

Should supporters of the MB Biblical Seminary be concerned when a terminated faculty member who teaches another Jesus [not the pre-incarnate, born of a virgin, Jesus] is lauded by one of their professors as one of “the best of scholars” and a “devoted servant of God”?

Is the dust being swept under the rug?

>>>NOTE: In 2009, the mysterious Eighteen Men (of the now inactive december1859.wordpress.com blog) who sounded the alarm and modeled their cause after a revival in the 1800’s (see The Repentance and Revival of the Mennonite Brethren Church), announced that they were done their task which God had called them to do. Here’s what they wrote…

Wednesday evening, February 18, 2009, around 5:30 PM

We feel that our task of raising the alarm flag is done. December 1859 communities have been set in motion. We do not feel that the seminary has been responsive in a repentant way. They continue to sidestep the issue and redefine our beliefs. There is a deeply sick arrogance that does not allow them to hear the concerns, they do not feel they should change, but are on a mission from God to change the MB churches from the top down.
Thank you for all your comments, keep up the good work.
We wipe the dust off our feet.


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