Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody

Latest Announcements

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.

June 10, 2017: I was quoted in “How Trump is Highlighting Divisions among Southern Baptists,” USA Today (June 10, 2017).

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 of Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church. You can read the interview at the journal’s website.

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

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).

Southern Baptists Call for the Defunding and Investigating of Planned Parenthood,” Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (June 21, 2017).

Southern Baptists and the Alt-Right: On Being in the Room Where it Happened,” SBC Voices (June 18, 2017).

Nobody is Hiring, So What Can I Do With My PhD in Theology?” Theology at St. Andrews (June 14, 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 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.”