As the discussion around the doctine of hell continues, Chris Morgan was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to do an interview about the current controversy and the book Hell Under Fire.
Our thanks go out to Chris for his willingness to share these words with all of us here at Koinonia.
Q: First of all could you give us a little of your own background and your experience working on Hell Under Fire?
I am 39 years old and have been blessed beyond measure to be married to Shelley and raise our daughter Chelsey. I serve as a dean and professor of theology at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, where I have had the privilege to learn theology alongside 18-22 year-old college students since 1999. I have also served as a senior pastor for more than 12 years and currently share the preaching responsibilities at Helendale Community Church (SBC) in Helendale, California.
Regarding hell, I have been thinking about hell and issues surrounding it since seminary. I found two of my favorite writers and heroes—Jonathan Edwards and John Stott—at odds over the aspects of the doctrine of hell. So I sought to understand why.
This led me to present papers on hell, write a Ph.D. dissertation on the subject, and then later author Jonathan Edwards and Hell (2004). I also saw the need for this important issue to be addressed by an array of biblical scholars, theologians, and pastors, so my friend Robert Peterson and I assembled a team of first-rate contributors to honestly examine the biblical teaching related to hell.