Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

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Latest Announcements

January 5, 2017: Baptist Press published a column titled “Baptism–More than Numbers.” You can read the column at the Baptist Press website.

January 5, 2017: The Gospel Coalition published an essay titled “Why You Should Consider Living Near Your Church.” You can read the essay at The Gospel Coalition’s website.

December 21, 2016: Baptist Press published an open letter I co-authored with Micah Fries and Jon Akin. The title is “A Plea for Denominational Statesmanship in a Time of Tension.” You can read the letter, and accompanying news story, online at the Baptist Press website.

December 14, 2016: I contributed four entries to the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, 3 vols, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016. The entries include “Dagg, John Leadley”; “New Lights”; “New Measures”’ “Seminaries, Southern Baptist Convention.”

December 7, 2016: I preached at the fall service of commencement and consecration at Beeson Divinity School. The topic was “Personal Holiness and the Ministry of the Gospel.” Video for the service, which includes the sermon, is available at the Beeson website.

November 16, 2016: I participated as an invited panelist at the B&H Academic Breakfast, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. The topic was “The Future of the Baptist Faith and Message in the Southern Baptist Academy.”

October 19, 2016: I delivered the Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage at Oklahoma Baptist University. The lecture was titled “After ‘The Controversy’: Toward the Renewal of Southern Baptist Identity.” Video for the lecture is available at the OBU website.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

Why You Should Consider Living Near Your Church,” The Gospel Coalition (January 5, 2017).

Baptism–More than Numbers,” The Gospel Coalition (January 5, 2017).

Open Letter: Cooperation Needed Amid SBC Tensions,” Baptist Press (December 21, 2016).

Review of Gerald Bray’s The Church: A Theological and Historical Account, for Books at a Glance (December 5, 2016)

Recent Publications

SandemanianismBooks

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

“Debating Baptist Identities: Description and Prescription in the American South,” in Mirrors and Microscopes: Historical Perceptions of Baptists, Studies in Baptist History and Thought, ed. C. Douglas Weaver, pp. 173–87. Bletchley, Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2015.

“John R. Rice, Billy Graham, and the Dilemma of Ecclesiastical Separation,” American Baptist Quarterly 33.2 (Summer 2014): 229–52. (Published December 2015)

“Contesting Contesting Catholicity: Some Conservative Reflections on Curtis Freeman’s Theology for ‘Other Baptists,’” Southeastern Theological Review 6.2 (Winter 2015): 151–70.

Book Reviews

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).

Review of Oliver Crisp, Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015, and Kyle C. Strobel, ed., The Ecumenical Edwards: Jonathan Edwards and the Theologians. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015. Book review for Southeastern Theological Review 7.2 (Winter 2016): 144–47.

Review of William M. Schweitzer and Joel Beeke, eds., Jonathan Edwards for the Church. Darlington, UK: Evangelical Press, 2015. For Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20.1 (Spring 2016): 163–65.

Review of Christopher Ben Simpson, Modern Christian Theology. London: T&T Clark, 2016. For Books at a Glance.

Review of Donald S. Whitney, Finding God in Solitude: The Personal Piety of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) and Its Influence on His Pastoral Ministry. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 2014. For Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 9.1 (Spring 2016: 135–36).

Review of Douglas A. Sweeney, Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. For Themelios 41.1 (April 2016): 150–51.

Review of The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, vols. 12, eds. Ryan Andrew Newson and Andrew C. Wright. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. For Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 59.1 (March 2016): 215-20.

Review of Matthew Pinson, Arminian and Baptist: Explorations in a Theological Tradition. Nashville, TN: Randall House, 2015. For The Journal of Baptist Studies 8 (February 2016): 126–30.

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.”