I 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.