Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher

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Tuesday

27

August 2013

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New Articles on William Carey and Andrew Fuller

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BSn_y0SCMAEE9NkI have recently published two journal articles related to my two all-time favorite Baptists. In the Fall 2012 issue of The Andrew Fuller Center Review, which was behind schedule and thus was just published this week, I contributed an essay titled “The Use of William Carey in Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board Publications, 1846-1885” (pp. 5-15). I argue that Foreign Mission Board periodicals put forward Carey (and Adoniram Judson) as key missionary exemplars during the first generation of Southern Baptist missions. But by the second generation, Carey was mentioned less frequently and was treated more as a noteworthy historical figure than a key role model. Southern Baptists had developed their own missionary heroes, and those heroes had take Carey’s place in missions-related publications.

In the Summer 2013 issue of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, I published an essay titled “The Renaissance in Andrew Fuller Studies: A Bibliographic Essay” (pp. 44-61). In that article, I survey the recent interest in Andrew Fuller’s thought and legacy since the early 1980s. Fuller continues to generate interest from scholars and pastors alike. This scholarly renaissance will soon reach its full fruition (to this point, at least) in the forthcoming multivolume critical edition of The Works of Andrew Fuller (Walter de Gruyter). Lord willing, that project will in turn inspire a rising generation of scholars to ask new questions and blaze new trails in scholarship related to Fuller, “Fullerism,” and similar themes.

Friday

23

August 2013

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Southern Baptists, Evangelicalism, and . . . Andrew Fuller?

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My latest post for The Andrew Fuller Center blog is titled “Southern Baptists, Evangelicalism, and Andrew Fuller.” You can read my closing paragraph below.

I would suggest that contemporary Southern Baptists who are convictionally baptistic but also committed to a broader evangelicalism might learn something about our own identity from the Fullerites who wed similar emphases in their own context. To be a theologically orthodox Southern Baptist is to be an evangelical, albeit a particular type of evangelical.

If you want to read the whole thing, you can click here.

Tuesday

18

June 2013

6

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Baptist 21 Interview with Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard

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Joe Aguillard

As you may have heard, Jon Akin of Baptist 21 conducted an interview with Joe Aguillard, the controversial president of Louisiana College, last Monday at the SBC Annual Meeting in Houston. I was present for the event, which was quite interesting (to say least). I would hazard a guess that me and my friends were not the only folks in Houston discussing the interview over dinner that evening.

Many people were following the interview as it happened via social media, especially Twitter. Fortunately, the video of the interview has now been posted at the Baptist 21 website. In the interview, Aguillard addresses a variety of questions about recent faculty terminations, rumors of financial impropriety, allegations of “hyper-Calvinism” at the school, and controversy over an unawarded teaching award. He also discusses, in a more roundabout way, his understanding of such matters as biblical interpretation, the priesthood of all believers, confessionalism, presidential authority in a college, and academic freedom. If you haven’t watched the interview yet, I would encourage you to do so.

In the interest of full disclosure, two of the terminated professors are friends of mine for whom I have the utmost respect. I’m thankful that one of them has been hired at an outstanding Christian university in another state. Join me in praying for the other two brothers as they look for new positions where they can use their gifts to serve the Lord through the ministry of theological education.

Monday

17

June 2013

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Blogging about the Southern Baptist Convention at Between the Times

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This week, I’ll focus my blogging at Between the Times, the faculty blog at Southeastern Seminary. Lord willing, I will publish three posts. The first, which is up right now, is titled “Reflections on the Southern Baptist Convention, Part 1.” On Wednesday morning, I will publish the second part of my reflections on the Houston Convention. On Friday morning, I’ll publish an interview with Chris Hlavacek, a SEBTS student who attended his first Convention this year. I hope you’ll read those posts. Next week, I plan to return to a more consistent pattern of blogging at Christian Thought & Tradition.

Friday

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June 2013

1

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Friday Links: SBC Annual Meeting, Historical Assessments of Revival

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I’ve not been blogging this week because I’ve been attending the SBC Annual Meeting in Houston. It was a good meeting and I plan to write some reflections on it next week. For now, I wanted to point you to two posts that were published on other blogs today. At Between the Times, I published a post titled “Getting a Handle on the 2013 SBC Annual Meeting.” It points readers to online resources where they can learn about what happened at the Houston Convention. At Historia Ecclesiastica, I published a post titled “On Assessing Historical Revivals.” That post discusses the dilemma faced by Christian historians who study the topic of revival, interacting with a recent journal article by English evangelical historian Nigel Scotland.