Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Latest Announcements

November 30, 2017: My latest book was released, titled A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards (Crossway, 2017). The volume is co-edited with Jeremy Kimble. In addition to co-editing the book, I also contributed a chapter on Edwards’s “Autobiographical Spiritual Writings.”

November 10, 2017: I preached in chapel at Union University. My sermon, from Philippians 2:3-11, was titled “Jesus’ Humility and Our Humility.” The sermon video is available online at the Union website.

November 1, 2017: I contributed two entries to The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017), a project that has been in the works for several years. My entries were on “Fullerism” and “Some Thoughts Concerning Revival.”

September 21, 2017: I published an essay in the fall issue of the journal Southeastern Theological Review. The issue’s theme is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. My essay is titled “Southern Baptist Identity as Reformational Identity.” You can read an electronic copy of the essay at the STR website.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

10 Things You Should Know about Thanksgiving,” Crossway Blog (November 18, 2017).

Contributor to “Book Symposium: You Are What You Love,” Center for Baptist Renewal (August 21, 2017).

Review of “Christianity: The Biography: 2000 Years of Global History,” Books at a Glance (July 24, 2017).

The Place of Testimony in Baptist Worship,” Center for Baptist Renewal (June 29, 2017).

Who Will Hold the Ropes: A Plea for Great Commission Pastors and Churches,” International Mission Board (June 28, 2017).

Christian Higher Education is for Lovers,” (June 26, 2017).

Recent Publications


 A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards, co-edited with Jeremy Kimble (Crossway, 2017).

Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church, co-edited with Keith Whitfield (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2017).

Andrew Fuller, Apologetic Works 5: Strictures on Sandemanianism, The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, vol. 9 (Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, 2016). Edited work with an authored introduction.

History: A Student’s Guide, Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016).

Articles, Essays, and Contributed Chapters

Spirituality for the Sent

“Personal Writings,” in A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards, eds. Nathan A. Finn and Jeremy Kimble, pp. 41–58. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017.

Southern Baptist Identity as Reformational Identity,” Southeastern Theological Review 8.2 (Fall 2017): 29-49.

“The Missional Church and Spiritual Formation,” co-authored with Keith Whitfield, in Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church, co-edited with Keith Whitfield, pp. 9–29. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2017.

“Baptists and the Benedict Option in American Babylon,” Christianity in the Academy 13 (2016): 156–67. [Published March 2017]

Book Reviews

Review of Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. For Themelios 42.3 (December 2017): 584–86.

Review of Ian Shaw, Christianity: The Biography: 2000 Years of Global History. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. For Books at a Glance (July 24, 2017).

Review of Gerald R. McDermott, Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the Land. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2017. For Christianity Today online (June 22, 2017).

Review of Ernie Johnson Jr., Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments that Make Life Extraordinary (Baker, 2017). For LifeWay Pastors (May 25, 2017).

Review of Rhyne R. Putman, In Defense of Doctrine: Evangelicalism, Theology, and Scripture, Emerging Scholars. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2015. Book review for Journal of Baptist Theology and Ministry 14.1 (Spring 2017): 109–13.

Review of Andrew Christopher Smith, Fundamentalism, Fundraising, and the Transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1919–1925. America’s Baptists. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2016. Book review for Southeastern Theological Review 8.1 (Spring 2017): 99–101.

Reference Articles

The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia, eds. Harry S. Stout, Kenneth Minkema, and Adriaane Neele. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. Contributed entries on “Fullerism,” and “Some Thoughts Concerning Revival.

Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, 3 vols, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016. Contributed entries on “Dagg, John Leadley”; “New Lights”; “New Measures”’ “Seminaries, Southern Baptist Convention.”