Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

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Nathan A. Finn Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nathan A. Finn
Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality
Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Latest Announcements

I spoke at Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC on the topic “Why We Can Trust the Bible.” You can listen to the message at the Westwood website.

I chaired and responded to a session at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on November 20 on the topic “The Dark Side of Evangelical Ecumenism.”

I participated in a “Casual Conversation” at Southeastern Seminary on the topic “Spiritual Formation and the Great Commission” with three of my colleagues. You can watch the video for that discussion at the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality website.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

5 Best Books on Spiritual Disciplines,” LifeWay Church Leaders (January 29, 2015).

Baptist Student Union and the Vietnam War,” Anxious Bench (January 27, 2015).

A Few Thoughts on ‘Selma,’ Part 2,” Between the Times (January 26, 2015).

On ‘Presentism’ in Historical Research,” Historia Ecclesiastica (December 9, 2014).

Recent Publications

Articles, Essays, and Contributed Chapters

Shepherding God's Flock

“Contours for a Healthy Baptist Spirituality,” in Criswell Theological Review 12.1 (Fall 2014): 3–22.

“Irenic Conservative, Orthodox Baptist,” in Gregory Thornbury, Ben Mitchell, and Carla Sanderson, eds., Convictional Civility: Essays in Honor of David S. Dockery, pp. 145–47. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2014.

“The Rule of Elders: The Presbyterian Angle on Church Leadership,” in Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond, eds. Benjamin L. Merkle and Thomas R. Schreiner, pp. 197–222. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Ministry, 2014.

“John R. Rice, Bob Jones Jr. and the ‘Mechanical Dictation’ Controversy: Finalizing the Fracturing of Independent Fundamentalism,” in The Journal of Baptist Studies 6 (2014): 60–75.

“Why I am a Historic Premillennialist,” in SBC LIFE: Journal of the Southern Baptist Convention (June 2014).

Convictional Civility“Curb Youth Enthusiasm: Martin Luther’s Critique of Anabaptism,” in Southwestern Journal of Theology 56.2 (Spring 2014): 163–81.

“On the ‘Traditionalist Statement’: Some Friendly Reflections from a Calvinistic Southern Baptist,” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry 10.1 (Spring 2013): 64–70. [Published in February 2014]

Book Reviews

Review of Steven M. Studebaker and Robert W. Caldwell III, The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. For Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57.4 (December 2014): 70–74.

Review of John Jefferson Davis, Meditation and Communion with God: Contemplating Scripture in an Age of Distraction. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. For Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 7.2 (Fall 2014): 314–16.

Review of Gordon Smith, Called to be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013). For Themelios 39.3 (November 2014): 610–11.

Review of David W. Bebbington and David Cheri Jones, Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). For Themelios 39.2 (August 2014): 338–40.

Review of John Howard Yoder, Theology of Mission: A Believer’s Church Perspective. Edited by Gayle Gerber Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013). For Themelios 39.2 (August 2014): 403–04.

Review of Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2012). For Themelios 39.1 (April 2014): 129–30.