Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Latest Announcements

May 7, 2017: I preached at First Baptist Church of Jackson, TN. My text was James 2:14-26 and the sermon title was “A Faith That Works.” You can listen to the audio of the sermon online.

April 9, 2017: I preached at ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, TN. My text was Colossians 4:2-18 and the sermon title was “Parting Words on the Kingdom-Centered Life.” You can watch a video of the sermon online.

March 20, 2017: Outreach Magazine interviewed me on the topic “Culture and Discipleship” for its latest issue. The occasion was the publication ofSpirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church. You can read the interview at the journal’s website.

March 14, 2017: I was excited to do a radio interview with Michael O’Hara of “Crossing Borders,” which airs on WDCX in Buffalo. We discussed the relationship between mission and spirituality in light of my new co-edited book Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional ChurchYou can listen to the interview online.

March 13, 2017: I’m honored to serve as a fellow of The Center for Baptist Renewal, which officially launched today. CBR is a group of conservative, evangelical Baptists committed to a retrieval of the Great Tradition of the historic church for the renewal of Baptist faith and practice. Our mission is to equip leaders to appropriate perspectives and practices of the historic church within the context of their local congregations. CBR has re-published an earlier essay, “From the Benedict Option to the Baptist Option,” on the blog.

March 4, 2017: IVP Academic has published my latest book, co-edited with Keith Whitfield. The title is Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church. It includes contributions from the some of the leading evangelical scholars of mission and spirituality.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

From the Benedict Option to the Baptist Option,” The Center for Baptist Renewal (March 11, 2017)

Directors of Missions: Vital Servants,” Baptist & Reflector (February 23, 2017).

Recent Publications


Spirituality for the SentSpirituality 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

“The Missional Church and Spiritual Formation,” co-authored with Keith Whitfield, in Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the SandemanianismMissional 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 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.

Review of Jonathan Leeman, Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule, Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. Book review for Themelios 41.3 (December 2016): 549–51.

Review of Gerald Bray, The Church: A Theological and Historical Account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016. Book review for Books at a Glance (December 5, 2016).

Dictionary Articles

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.”