Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

Monthly Archive: September 2013



September 2013



Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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9781781911228_p0_v1_s260x420Early this month, Mentor Press published Tom Nettles’s widely lauded intellectual biography of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The book, titled Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, comes in at 700 double-columned pages! I had the privilege of reading a pre-publication copy of the book and wrote the following commendation.

While numerous biographies of Spurgeon have been published over the decades, Spurgeon’s thought normally receives short shrift from his biographers. This is why this new biography is so important. By focusing on Spurgeon’s memoirs and published articles, Tom Nettles has filled an important gap in scholarship related to Spurgeon with this exhaustive intellectual biography of the Prince of Preachers. Many pastors and other casual readers will be encouraged by Spurgeon’s commitment to a high view of Scripture and historic Baptist orthodoxy from a Reformed perspective. Scholars will be forced to reckon with Spurgeon the theologian as they pursue their own studies of the famed Victorian pastor.

—Nathan A. Finn, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina



September 2013



John Frame’s Advice: 30 Suggestions for Theological Students and Young Theologians

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I first discovered John Frame’s writings during my first semester in seminary. The first book I read by Frame was his The Doctrine of God (P&R, 2002), which was an option textbook for Bruce Ware’s Christian Theology I class. I have enjoyed many of Frame’s other books and articles over the year, especially his Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology (P&R, 2006). I have often recommended the latter volume to laypeople who wanted to read a good systematic theology (while lamenting that there is no Baptist counterpart to Frame’s book!).

Recently, I came across an older blog post from Andy Naselli titled “John Frame’s Advice: 30 Suggestions for Theological Students and Young Theologians.” The thirty questions are excerpted from “Reflections of a Lifetime Theologian: An Extended Interview with John M. Frame,” interviewed by P. Andrew Sandlin in Speaking the Truth in Love: The Theology of John Frameed. John J. Hughes (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2009), 106–10.

I won’t give all the gold away–you need to check out Andy’s blog for that–but it is great stuff. Highly recommended.




September 2013



Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions

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Last Friday, Jon Bloom published a great short blog post at Desiring God titled “Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions.” Besides ongoing communion with our Triune God, Bloom mentions the following spiritual benefits.

  1. Soul exercise
  2. Soul shaping
  3. Bible copiousness
  4. Fight training
  5. Sight training
  6. Delight cultivation

You should check out the original post to read Blooms explanation of each of these benefits. But make sure you have your daily quiet time first!



September 2013



Andrew Fuller and His Controversies: Still Time to Register

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Next week, the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary will be hosting its seventh annual conference. The conference will meet next Friday and Saturday, September 27-28. The conference theme is Andrew Fuller and His Controversies. The speakers include Tom Nettles, Paul Helm, Crawford Gribben, Mark Jones, Michael Haykin, Paul Brewster, and me–among many others. My address will be on Andrew Fuller’s critique of Sandemanianism, which was the eighteenth-century version of easy believism and cheap grace.

You can still register for the conference through Monday September 23. Check out the conference website for a full list of speakers, the schedule, accommodations, etc. I hope to connect with some of you there next week.



September 2013



Andrew Fuller in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology

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IMG_0792A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I had published an article in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology titled “The Renaissance in Andrew Fuller Studies: A Bibliographic Essay.” My article is only one of several related to Fuller and his thought. The SBJT focused its Spring and Summer 2013 issues on the theme “The Life and Ministry of Andrew Fuller.” I have included the table of contents for the two issues below.lkjnm

Volume 17, Number 1 (Spring 2013)

Editorial: Stephen J. Wellum, “Learning from the Life and Ministry of Andrew Fuller” (pp. 2-3)

Peter J. Morden, “‘So Valuable a Life’: A Biographical Sketch of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)” (pp. 4-14)

Paul Brewster, “‘The Utterance of a Full Heart’: The Pastoral Wisdom of Andrew Fuller” (pp. 16-26)

Matthew Haste, “Marriage and Family in the Life of Andrew Fuller” (pp. 28-34)

Andrew Fuller, edited by Michael A. G. Haykin, “The promise of the Spirit, the grand encouragement in promoting the Gospel: a circular letter to the churches of the Northamptonshire Baptist Association (June 1810)” (pp. 36-41)

Michael A. G. Haykin, “‘Very Affecting and Evangelical’: A Review of Keith S. Grant, Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology” (pp. 42-45)

The SBJT Forum: Michael A. G. Haykin, David Bebbington, David L. Allen, Ian Hugh Clary, Chris Chun (pp. 46-52)

Volume 17, Number 2 (Summer 2013)

Editorial: Stephen J. Wellum, “Continuing to Learn from Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)” (pp. 2-3)

Michael A. G. Haykin, “‘To Devote Ourselves to the Blessed Trinity’: Andrew Fuller and the Defense of ‘Trinitarian Communities'” (pp. 4-19)

Thomas J. Nettles, “The Passion and Doctrine of Andrew Fuller in The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation” (pp. 20-42)

Nathan A. Finn, “The Renaissance in Andrew Fuller Studies: A Bibliographic Essay” (pp. 44-61)

Andrew Fuller, edited by Michael A. G. Haykin, “Confession of Faith I” (pp. 62-66)

Andrew Fuller, edited and introduced by Michael A. G. Haykin, “The Admission of unbaptized Persons to the Lord’s Supper inconsistent with the New Testament” (pp. 68-76)

The SBJT Forum: Nigel David Wheeler, Brian Albert, Dustin W. Benge, Josh Monroe, Ryan Hoselton (pp. 78-83)