Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Latest Announcements

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.

September 19, 2017. I preached in chapel at North Greenville University. My sermon, from Philippians 2:3-11, was titled “Jesus’ Humility and Our Humility.” The sermon video is available online at the NGU website.

September 12, 2017: I was one of the original signatories to the Reforming Catholic Confession. The statement is was drafted by evangelical theologians in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

August 29, 2017: I was one of the original signatories to The Nashville Statement. The statement affirms a traditional Christian understanding of sexuality.

August 25, 2017: I signed The Charlottesville Declaration: An Appeal to the Church in America. The statement denounces white supremacy within American Christianity.

June 21, 2017: I published an article in the latest issue of Light magazine titled “Reforming the Reformation.” You can read an electronic copy of the whole issue, including my article, at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission website.

June 20, 2017: I was honored to be one of the initial signatories to “The Justice Declaration,” a document critiquing mass incarceration in the USA and calling for sentencing reform. The declaration was a joint project of Prison Fellowship, the Charles Colson Center for Christian Worldview, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. You can read “The Justice Declaration” online and add your signature if you so wish.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

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


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

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 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 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.

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.”