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Educating for the Kingdom


I doubt that we are fulfilling our purpose at Fuller with the talent amassed here, and being a faithful servant of the church, unless we are wrestling at times with problems so difficult that they give rise to contro-versial and divergent answers. We should be alarmed if all the questions being asked are easy and all of the solutions are simple ones unanimously arrived at.

— Merlin Call, TNN 54:2, Spring 2007, pp. 4–8.
Call has served on Fuller’s Board of Trustees since 1963, and as chair for six of those years.

Martinez, Juan

Is there a place where majority culture evangelicals and Latino evangelicals can talk together about [immigration reform]? Is there room for including the undocumented in the conversation? . . . As evangelicals we need to create situations where we can read the Bible together and listen to each other’s stories.

— Juan Martínez, TNN 55:2, Spring 2008, pp. 17–19. Vice Provost Martínez is a longtime advocate for immigration reform.


Fuller has received criticism from the theological right for being too liberal and the theological left for being too conservative. My own view is that we must be doing a lot of things right if we receive criticism from both sides. Fuller has created a third way, theologically speaking—a reconciling middle way—that has room for priests and also for prophets, that seeks to foster a genuine spiritual, theological, and moral consensus in the church and society: In short, it is the way of missional unity.

—Howard Loewen, TNN 54:2, Spring 2007, pp. 12–16.


The church is growing fastest and strongest in the majority world, so you have to look there and ask who are the people, what are their issues, and who will be able to speak to those groups. . . . We’re trying to have our faculty reflect that changing demographic of the missions world. And that’s not to say Americans don’t have a place—they do—but that diverse voice is important.

— C. Douglas McConnell, TNN 54:2, Spring 2007, pp. 17–19. McConnell is provost and senior vice president at Fuller, as well as professor of leadership and intercultural studies.

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One of many evangelical-Jewish dialogues cohosted with the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

I am convinced that you and I . . . have been given to each other by God for the outworking of our salvation. . . . it is opponents who keep us serious. . . . Among the evangelicals I have found some of the best minds, most generous spirits, and greatest souls that I have ever encountered.

—Barbara G. Wheeler, TNN 50:1, Winter 2003, pp. 7–10. Wheeler was then president of Auburn Theological Seminary.