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Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

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    This year marks the bicentennial of Adoniram and Ann Judson’s departure from America to Burma (present-day Myanmar). In honor of the Judson Bicentennial, Jason Duesing has edited a new collection of essays titled Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of The Pioneer American Missionary (B&H, 2012). I was honored to be asked to contribute one of the biographical [...]

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    George Whitefield (1714–1770) was probably the most well-known individual in colonial America in the years before George Washington became, well, George Washington. Whitefield preached in all thirteen colonies and was a key catalyst in the series of revivals we now call the First Great Awakening. He was also a household name in England, where he [...]

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    Back in September, I participated in a conference at Southern Seminary on “Andrew Fuller and His Friends.” The conference was sponsored by the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at SBTS. The conference audio is now available at the Fuller Center website. The following list of lectures is copied from the Fuller Center website. I’ve [...]

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    Among the perennial issues for historians is defining and dating the puritan movement(s) in the English-speaking world. In terms of definitions and boundary markers, social historians tend to focus upon diversity of belief and practice, while historical theologians tend to emphasize theological commonalities. Social historians frequently argue that groups such as Quakers and Levellers should [...]

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    Yesterday, I linked to my three-part series on Recent Trends in Andrew Fuller Studies, which was published earlier this week at Between the Times. In that series, I mentioned that there have been four significant monographs dedicated to Andrew Fuller that have been published since 2003. I’ve written reviews of each of those books, and [...]

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    Yesterday, I published an annotated bibliography of the Conservative Resurgence at Between the Time. A lightly edited PDF version of that bibliography can be downloaded from the “Writings” page of this website. If you’re interested in learning more about the theo-political controversy that engulfed the SBC during the final two decades of the twentieth century, [...]

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    As many readers know, much of my scholarly attention is focused upon the famous Particular Baptist pastor-theologian Andrew Fuller (1754-1815). In fact, back in December I dedicated three posts at Between the Times to recent trends in Andrew Fuller Studies. Recent Trends in Andrew Fuller Studies: Part One Recent Trends in Andrew Fuller Studies: Part [...]

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    I’ve recently been reading through an interesting collection of essays edited by Oliver Crisp and Doug Sweeney titled After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (Oxford University Press, 2012). The contributors examine numerous facets of Edwards’s thought and how they were adopted and adapted by key figures, theological movements, denominational traditions, and even [...]

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    When I was a seminary student, John Piper published a book titled Brothers, We Are Not Professionals (B&H, 2002). I remember reading through it shortly after it came out. Piper argued that the spirit of professionalization was choking out authentic gospel ministry among pastors. Even then, as a seminarian with a burgeoning interest in Baptist history, I understood that [...]

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    I recently came across a wonderful, brief introduction to the life and literary legacy of Jonathan Edwards by Joel Beeke and Randall Peterson. The essay, which is available online, is reprinted from Meet the Puritans (Reformation Heritage, 2007), which Beeke and Peterson co-authored. In the essay, the authors provide a basic summary of Edwards’s biography [...]

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    I was very pleased to receive my copy today of Keith Grant’s new book Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology (Paternoster, 2013). The monograph, which is a revised version of Grant’s excellent ThM thesis at Regent College, is the latest addition to Paternoster’s acclaimed series Studies in Baptist History and Thought. It [...]

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    This week, in addition to the blog posts I published on this website, I wrote posts for three other blogs. On Tuesday, Two Journeys republished an earlier blog post of mine titled “FBC Durham: A Brief Introduction.” On Wednesday, I wrote a blog for Between the Times recommending “Four Helpful Books on Scripture.” Today, I’ve [...]

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    Recently, The Gospel Coalition published two short articles about baptism. In the first article, Gavin Ortlund, a PhD student at Fuller Theological Seminary, shares his journey from a pedobaptist to credobaptist position. Gavin was nurtured in a prominent Presbyterian family, but in college embraced a Baptist understanding of baptism. In the second article, my friend [...]

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    Yesterday, I blogged about Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind, which was published sixty years ago. I mentioned it is one of the seminal works in the modern conservative intellectual tradition. I also mentioned The Imaginative Conservative, noting that it has become one of my favorite websites. (Thanks to my friend and TIC contributor Brad Green [...]

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    One of the perennial debates among believing historians is the nature of Christian history. When I was finishing my undergraduate degree in history and first contemplating eventually pursuing a PhD, I began to wrestle with this question. Would I become a church historian and teach in a seminary or Christian college or a historian of [...]

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    Last week, Jay Wesley Richards delivered several lectures on the Southeastern Seminary campus in conjunction with the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. Richards is a leading evangelical scholar of culture who has written widely on topics such as intelligent design, capitalism, and environmentalism. He is the author of several books, most recently [...]

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    Check out the latest post at Between the Times, which points readers to four deeply discounted e-books on global missions. B&H Publishers discounted the titles for Southeastern Seminary’s Global Missions Week, which is currently being celebrated on our campus. One of the book’s is Danny Akin’s Ten Who Changed the World (B&H, 2012), which is a collection of [...]

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    I’m currently reading Robert Cheong’s new book God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline (Christian Focus, 2012). I’m really enjoying it so far, and though I haven’t quite finished it, I’m confident that I can recommend it as a helpful resource for pastors and other church leaders. The combination of theological exposition and [...]

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    My friend Wayne McDill has co-authored a new book for (primarily) younger pastors titled The Young Shepherd: Nathan Murray’s First Year as Pastor (CreateSpace, 2013). Wayne is a seasoned pastor, church planter, state convention evangelism consultant, and preaching professor. He was an influential and respected professor of preaching at Southeastern Seminary for 21 years; he continues [...]

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    Longtime Southwestern Seminary church historian Leon McBeth passed away last week at the age of 81. I never met Dr. McBeth, though I have been around him once or twice at conferences. My own career in theological education began shortly after his had ended. But like anyone interested in Baptist history, I have learned much [...]

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