Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

Conferences Archive

Thursday

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November 2013

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COMMENTS

Looking Forward to ETS

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ETS-LogoI’m looking forward to attending the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) next week in Baltimore, MD. I’m reading two papers at ETS. The first paper is titled “Andrew Fuller: An Evangelical Theologian.” It will be part of Tuesday afternoon session dedicated to the theme “Perspectives on Andrew Fuller.” My second paper is titled “John R. Rice, Bob Jones Jr., and the ‘Mechanical Dictation’ Controversy: Finalizing the Fracturing of Independent Fundamentalism.” It will be part of a Wednesday afternoon session devoted to the theme “Evangelicals, Inerrancy & Defending the Bible: Snapshots from American Christianity.” I’m excited about both papers and the sessions of which they are a part.

In addition to two papers, I’m also looking forward to the session hosted by the Baptist Studies Study Group. (I’m on the steering committee for the group.) This year, our theme is “Baptists and the Bible.” Tom Nettles, Jason Duesing, Christian George, and David Dockery will read papers related to the theme. It’s always a joy to connect with other historians and theologians in ETS who are convictional Baptists and/or have some interest in Baptist Studies.

Two other highlights I’m anticipating. On Monday, I’m going to tour Camden Yards with some of my faculty colleagues from Southeastern Seminary. (At least one colleague admitted he signed up for ETS so he could join us on the tour.) On Tuesday night, we will be hosting our annual Southeastern Theological Fellowship dinner, which will include professors, students, alumni, and friends of Southeastern Seminary. The dinner is always a great time.

 

I hope to see some of you at ETS next week. If you are interested in learning  about all the folks from Southeastern Seminary who are reading papers or chairing sessions, check out this post that I published yesterday at Between the Times.

Friday

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October 2013

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Andrew Fuller and His Controversies: Audio Available

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At the Pure FountainThe audio from the 2013 Andrew Fuller Conference are now available online. The topic for this year’s conference was “Andrew Fuller and His Controversies.” You can see a full list of the audio resources at the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies website. My own lecture on “Andrew Fuller’s Critique of Sandemanianism” is available online. Other speakers include scholars such as Tom Nettles, Michael Haykin, Ryan West, Paul Helm, and Mark Jones. In my opinion, Jones’s brilliant lecture on Fuller’s response to antinomianism is particularly relevant as many younger evangelicals seem especially prone to antinomian tendencies. (Jones has a forthcoming book on this topic as well.)

If you are interested in how a pastor-theologian can fruitfully engage in theological controversy for the sake of the gospel, then I would commend these talks to you. For an earlier collection of essays that deals with this same topic, I would recommend Michael Haykin, ed., At the Pure Fountain of Thy Word: Andrew Fuller as an Apologist (Paternoster, 2003; reprint, Wipf and Stock, 2007).

Next year, as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of George Whitefield’s birth, the Fuller Center will host its annual conference on the topic “George Whitefield and the Great Awakening.” Stay tuned to the Fuller Center website for more news related to that conference.

Saturday

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September 2013

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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.

Wednesday

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August 2013

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Conference Announcement: Andrew Fuller & His Controversies

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The following is copied from a recent post by Dustin Benge at the Andrew Fuller Center blog:

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary is proud to host the seventh annual conference on September 27-28, 2013. Last year our conference theme was “Andrew Fuller and His Friends.” This year’s theme swings the pendulum in the other direction as we discuss “Andrew Fuller and his Controversies.”

Author and pastor, Andrew Fuller, was embattled for much of his ministry in defending the truth against Hyper-Calvinism, Antinomianism, Arminianism, Deism, and Sandemanianism. This year’s conference covers these issues and more in both our plenary and parallel sessions. Notable scholars and historians, Paul Helm, Mark Jones, Chris Holmes, Crawford Gribben, Ryan West, Ian Clary, and Nathan Finn will join us as we glean and learn from Fuller’s bold stand for the truth.

Early registration (with discounted rates) for the conference ends this Friday, August 16. Join us on the beautiful campus of Southern Seminary for two days of fellowship, discussion, and instruction from one of the greatest theologians of Baptist History, Andrew Fuller.

I’m excited to give a plenary lecture at the Fuller Conference for the third consecutive year. My topic is “Andrew Fuller’s Critique of the Sandemanian View of Saving Faith.” Lord willing, that lecture will be revised into a chapter that will be published in a book based upon the conference proceedings. It will also form the basis of a larger introductory essay to my critical edition of Fuller’s Strictures on Sandemanianism, which will be published as one of the volumes in the forthcoming Works of Andrew Fuller (Walter de Gruyter).

Tuesday

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July 2013

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Conference Announcement: Andrew Fuller and His Controversies

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Cover of: Strictures on Sandemanianism by Andrew FullerThe Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary will host its seventh annual conference on September 27–28, 2013. The topic for this year’s conference is “Andrew Fuller and His Controversies.” I serve as one of the fellows for the Fuller Center and will be delivering a plenary lecture at the conference again this year. My lecture is titled “Andrew Fuller’s Critique of a Sandemanian View of Saving Faith.” I hope to expand that lecture into the introductory essay I will include in my critical edition of Fuller’s Strictures on Sandemanianism, which will be published it the forthcoming Works of Andrew Fuller (Walter de Gruyter).

What follows is the full schedule for the conference. You can see the full list of speakers and register for the conference at the Southern Seminary website.

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THE ANDREW FULLER CENTER FOR BAPTIST STUDIES

7th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Friday, September 27

8:30 am  Plenary session 1: Hyper-Calvinism (Paul Helm)

10:00 am Plenary session 2: Antinomianism (Mark Jones)

11:30 am Plenary session 3: Arminianism (Chris Holmes)

1:00 pm Lunch

Parallel Sessions 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Session A (Chair: Dustin Benge)

    1. “Andrew Fuller Controversy with Abraham Booth over Figurative Imputation” (Chris Chun)
    2. Controversy with John Martin (Dustin Bruce)

Session B (Chair: Steve Weaver)

    1. “When Toleration becomes Persecution: Andrew Fuller and the Defense of Missions” (Paul Brewster)
    2. “William Vidler & Andrew Fuller: Correspondence, Conviction, and Controversy” (Roger Duke)

Session C (Chair: Cody McNutt)

    1. “Andrew Fuller and the Dublin Controversy (1804-1805)” (Michael A.G. Haykin)
    2. “Andrew Fuller’s Critique of Robert Robinson of Cambridge (1735-1790)” (Jeongmo Yoo)

7:30 pm Plenary Session 4: Socinianism (Tom Nettles)

Late night dessert fellowship

Saturday, September 28

8:30 am  Plenary session 5: Post-millennial eschatology (Crawford Gribben)

10:00 am Plenary session 6: Deism (Ryan West)

11:30 am Lunch

1:15 pm Plenary session 7: The communion question (Ian Clary)

2:30 pm Plenary Session 8: Sandemanianism (Nathan Finn)

3:30 pm A concluding word (Michael A.G. Haykin)

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