Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Latest Announcements

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.

February 23, 2017: Baptist & Reflector published a column titled “Directors of Missions: Vital Servants.” You can read the column at the Baptist & Reflector website.

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).

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

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

“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.”