Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Nathan A. Finn Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Nathan A. Finn
Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality
Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Spiritual Formation
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Latest Announcements

I participated in a Ph.D. Colloquium at Southeastern Seminary on the topic “A Baptist Magisterium?” I responded to a paper by Steve Harmon and was part of a panel discussion. You can watch the video of the discussion online.

I spoke at Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC on the topic “Why We Can Trust the Bible.” You can listen to the message at the Westwood website.

I chaired and responded to a session at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on November 20 on the topic “The Dark Side of Evangelical Ecumenism.”

I participated in a “Casual Conversation” at Southeastern Seminary on the topic “Spiritual Formation and the Great Commission” with three of my colleagues. You can watch the video for that discussion at the Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality website.

Latest Blog Posts and Internet Essays

Andrew Fuller, Great Commission Pastoral Leadership, and Southern Baptists,” Towers Online (May 2015).

Baptist Associations: Whence and Whither?” NACPF blog (March 25, 2015).

How Chuck Colson Changed the Way I Think,” ERLC blog (March 9, 2015).

Recent Publications

Articles, Essays, and Contributed Chapters


Historical and Theological Forum,” Midwestern Journal of Theology 14.1 (2015): 55–61. Contributed reflections on John Wyclif, Andrew Fuller, and Marches on Selma, AL.

Evangelical History after George Marsden: A Review Essay,” Themelios 40.1 (Spring 2015): 63–77.

“Baptist and the War in Vietnam: Responses to ‘America’s Longest War,’” in Baptists and War: Essays on Baptists and Military Conflict, 1640s–1690s, McMaster General Studies Series, vol. 2, eds. Gordon L. Heath and Michael A. G. Haykin, pp. 203–229. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015.

“The Dangers of Postmodern Spirituality,” Expositor 4 (March/April 2015): 38–41.

“Contours for a Healthy Baptist Spirituality,” in Criswell Theological Review 12.1 (Fall 2014): 3–22.

“Irenic Conservative, Orthodox Baptist,” in Gregory Thornbury, Ben Mitchell, and Carla Sanderson, eds., Convictional Civility: Essays in Honor of David S. Dockery, pp. 145–47. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2014.

“The Rule of Elders: The Presbyterian Angle on Church Leadership,” in Shepherding God’s Flock: Biblical Leadership in the New Testament and Beyond, eds. Benjamin L. Merkle and Thomas R. Schreiner, pp. 197–222. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Ministry, 2014.

“John R. Rice, Bob Jones Jr. and the ‘MechanicalShepherding God's Flock Dictation’ Controversy: Finalizing the Fracturing of Independent Fundamentalism,” in The Journal of Baptist Studies 6 (2014): 60–75.

Book Reviews

Review of Kevin Bauder and Robert Delnay, eds. One in Hope & Doctrine: Origins of Baptist Fundamentalism, 1870–1950. Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2014. Book review for Themelios 40.1 (Spring 2014): 137–39.

Review of Michael McClenahan, Jonathan Edwards and Justification by Faith. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013. For Southeastern Theological Review 5.2 (Winter 2015): 263–65.

Review of Steven M. Studebaker and Robert W. Caldwell III, The Trinitarian Theology of Jonathan Edwards. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. For Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57.4 (December 2014): 70–74.

Review of John Jefferson Davis, Meditation and Communion with God: Contemplating Scripture in an Age of Distraction. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. For Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 7.2 (Fall 2014): 314–16.

Review of Gordon Smith, Called to be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013). For Themelios 39.3 (November 2014): 610–11.