Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher



71oPCMDP0CLNathan A. Finn. History: A Student’s Guide. Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016. This book offers an introduction to the discipline and practice of history from the perspective of a Christian worldview. The primary audience students who are majoring or minoring in history at the undergraduate level, though it is also of interest to graduate students in history and general readers who are interested in the study of the past.

From the publisher:

Knowledge of the past is integral to understanding the present and looking forward to the future. An appreciation of what came before is indeed foundational to nearly every other discipline.

Concise and accessible, this student’s guide by professor Nathan A. Finn explores the nature of history and historical context, compares different schools of historical interpretation, and addresses contemporary issues related to the intersection of faith and history. This volume will help students critically engage with history in the light of God’s providential care over the past, the present, and the future.

Baptist StoryAnthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, and Michael A. G. Haykin. The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2015. This textbook offers a comprehensive narrative introduction to the Baptist tradition.  I was primarily responsible for the final two sections of the book, which includes four chapters devoted to Baptists since the turn of the twentieth century and a more prescriptive chapter on Baptist identity and distinctives.

From the publisher:

The Baptist Story is a narrative history of a diverse group of people spanning over four centuries, living among distinct cultures on separate continents, while finding their common identity in Christ and expressing their faith as Baptists. Baptist historians Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn, and Michael Haykin highlight the Baptist transition from a despised sect to a movement of global influence. Each chapter includes stories of people who made this history so fascinating. Although the emphasis is on the English-speaking world, The Baptist Story integrates stories of non-English speaking Baptists, ethnic minorities, women, and minority theological traditions, all within the context of historic, orthodox Christianity.

This volume provides more than just the essential events and necessary names to convey the grand history. It also addresses questions that students of Baptist history frequently ask, includes prayers and hymns of those who experienced hope and heartbreak, and directs the reader’s attention to the mission of the church as a whole. Written with an irenic tone and illustrated with photographs in every chapter, The Baptist Story is ideally suited for graduate or undergraduate courses, as well as group study in the local church.



A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards, co-edited with Jeremy Kimble (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017).

From the publisher:

Jonathan Edwards—widely considered one the most important theologians in American history—has influenced generation after generation with his transcendent vision of our great and glorious God. But reading his writings for the first time can be a daunting task.

Here to be your trustworthy guides are some of the very best interpreters of Edwards, who walk you through his most important works with historical context, strategies for reading, and contemporary application—launching you into a lifetime of discovering Edwards’s God-centered vision of the Christian life for yourself.

Spirituality for the SentSpirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church, co-edited with Keith Whitfield (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2017).

From the publisher:

Since their rise in the midst of the revivals of the eighteenth century, evangelicals have been dedicated to the importance of both spirituality and mission. In recent years, evangelicals have engaged in the missional theology discussion that advocates a more holistic Christian mission grounded in the eternal mission of the triune God. At the same time, evangelicals have also been key participants in the spiritual formation discussion that seeks to recover biblical and classical practices for contemporary spiritual growth. While these two movements have been largely independent of each other, the time is right to join them together into a single conversation for the sake of ongoing evangelical faithfulness.

Spirituality for the Sent brings together evangelical scholars from a variety of disciplines and ecclesial traditions to address the relationship between spiritual formation and a missional vision of theology and practice. The contributors share a common vision for a missional spirituality that fosters spiritual maturity while also fueling Christian evangelism, cultural engagement, and the pursuit of justice.

SandemanianismAndrew Fuller, Apologetic Works 5: Strictures on Sandemanianism, The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, vol. 9, ed. Nathan A. Finn (Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, 2016).

From the publisher:

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) was the leading Baptist theologian of his era, though his works are just now being made available in a critical edition. Strictures on Sandemanianism is the fourth volume in The Works of Andrew Fuller. In this treatise, Fuller critiqued Sandemanianism, a form of Restorationism that first emerged in Scotland in the eighteenth century and was influencing the Scotch Baptists of Fuller’s day. Fuller’s biggest concern was the Sandemanian belief that saving faith is merely intellectual assent to the gospel. Fuller believed this “intellectualist” view of faith undermined evangelical spirituality. Strictures on Sandemanianism became a leading evangelical critique of Sandemanian views. This critical edition will introduce scholars to this important work and shed light on evangelical debates about the faith, justification, and sanctification during the latter half of the “long” eighteenth century (ca. 1750 to 1815).

Thomas K. Ascol and Nathan A. Finn, eds. Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2011. This is a festschrift for my friend Tom Nettles, a respected Baptist historian who has taught for many years, most recently at Southern Seminary. In addition to co-editing the volume, I contributed a chapter on the landmark book Baptists and the Bible, co-authored by Nettles and Russ Bush, and helped prepare a bibliography of Tom’s publications through 2011.



Robert Hall Sr. Help to Zion’s Travellers: Being an Attempt to Remove Various Stumbling Blocks out of the Way, Relating to Doctrinal, Experimental and Practical Religion, new ed. Edited by Nathan A. Finn. Mountain Home, AR: BorderStone Press, 2011. This is a new edition of a classic work in Baptist theology written in 1781. Robert Hall Sr. was a longtime pastor in England and a founder of the Northamptonshire Baptist Association. In this work, Hall appropriated insights from Jonathan Edwards to argue against the High Calvinist idea that one must have a “warrant” (conviction) that he is among the elect before he can believe in Christ for salvation. This book significantly influenced some of Hall’s younger colleagues who became more well-known, including Andrew Fuller, William Carey, John Sutcliff and John Ryland Jr.

Francis Wayland and Richard Fuller. Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution. Edited by Nathan A. Finn and Keith Harper. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2008. This is a new edition of an important antebellum volume that recounted the epistolary debate between Richard Fuller and Francis Wayland over slavery. The letters were originally published in the Baptist Repository in the fall of 1844. The book version was published in the spring of 1845, just weeks before the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention. Both men were “moderates” in their respective camps. Fuller was at the time a South Carolina pastor, a distinguished preacher, and a future president of the SBC. Wayland was the president of Brown University, a tireless promoter of foreign missions, and the leading public intellectual among Baptists in the North.



“Personal Writings,” in A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards, eds. Nathan A. Finn and Jeremy Kimble, pp. 41–58. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017.

The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia, eds. Harry S. Stout, Kenneth Minkema, and Adriaane Neele. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. Contributed entries on “Fullerism,” and “Some Thoughts Concerning Revival.

Southern Baptist Identity as Reformational Identity,” Southeastern Theological Review 8.2 (Fall 2017): 29-49.

“The Missional Church and Spiritual Formation,” co-authored with Keith Whitfield, in Spirituality for the Sent: Casting a New Vision for the Missional Church, co-edited with Keith Whitfield, pp. 9–29. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2017.

“Baptists and the Benedict Option in American Babylon,” Christianity in the Academy 13 (2016): 156–67. [Published March 2017]


Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, 3 vols, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016. Contributed entries on “Dagg, John Leadley”; “New Lights”; “New Measures”’ “Seminaries, Southern Baptist Convention.”


“Debating Baptist Identities: Description and Prescription in the American South,” in Mirrors and Microscopes: Historical Perceptions of Baptists, Studies in Baptist History and Thought, ed. C. Douglas Weaver, pp. 173–87. Bletchley, Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2015.

“John R. Rice, Billy Graham, and the Dilemma of Ecclesiastical Separation,” American Baptist Quarterly 33.2 (Summer 2014): 229–52. [Published in December 2015]

“Contesting Contesting Catholicity: Some Conservative Reflections on Curtis Freeman’s Theology for ‘Other Baptists,’” Southeastern Theological Review 6.2 (Winter 2015): 151–70.

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.


“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 ‘Mechanical Dictation’ Controversy: Finalizing the Fracturing of Independent Fundamentalism,” in The Journal of Baptist Studies 6 (2014): 60–75.

“Curb Youth Enthusiasm: Martin Luther’s Critique of Anabaptism,” in Southwestern Journal of Theology 56.2 (Spring 2014): 163–81.

“On the ‘Traditionalist Statement’: Some Friendly Reflections from a Calvinistic Southern Baptist,” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry 10.1 (Spring 2013): 64–70. [Published in February 2014]


“Andrew Fuller’s Edwardsean Spirituality,” in The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of Christian Spirituality, eds. G. Stephen Weaver and Ian Hugh Clary, 387–408. Dundas, Ontario: Joshua Press, 2013.

“The Renaissance in Andrew Fuller Studies: A Bibliographic Essay,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 17.2 (Summer 2013): 44–61.

“The Use of William Carey in Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board Publications, 1846-1885,” The Andrew Fuller Center Review 4 (Fall 2012): 5–15. [Published in August 2013]


“The Making of a Baptist Universalist: The Curious Case of Elhanan Winchester,” Baptist History and Heritage 47 (Fall 2012): 6–19.

“‘Until All Burma Worships the Eternal God’: Judson the Missionary, 1812–1850,” in Adoniram Judson: The Bicentennial Celebration of America’s First Missionary, 18122012, ed. Jason G. Duesing, pp. 77–100. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012.

“Church Membership in Church History: An Analysis,” in Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline, eds. John S. Hammett and Benjamin L. Merkle, pp. 53–80. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012.


Baptists and the Bible: The History of a History Book,” in Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, eds. Thomas K. Ascol and Nathan A. Finn, pp. 3–16. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2011.

“The Writings of Thomas J. Nettles: A Bibliography,” in Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, eds. Thomas K. Ascol and Nathan A. Finn, pp. 319–30. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2011, co-authored with Matthew Emerson.

Southern Baptists and Evangelicals: Passing on the Faith to the Next Generation,” in Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism, eds. David S. Dockery, Ray Van Neste, and Jerry Tidwell, pp. 231–60. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2011.


Now Let Us Praise Famous Moderates: A Review Essay of Three Recent Festschriften,” Journal of Baptist Studies 4 (2010): 46–68.

“‘Surely it is Worth While’: William Carey’s Personal Application of His Enquiry,” Puritan Reformed Journal 2, no. 2 (July 2010): 286–300.

“Southern Baptist History: A Great Commission Reading,” in The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Time, eds. Chuck Lawless and Adam Greenway, pp. 51–76. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010.


“Priorities for a Post-Resurgence Convention,” in Southern Baptist Identity: The Future of an Evangelical Denomination, ed. David S. Dockery, pp. 257–80. Wheaton: Crossway, 2009.

“Assessing a Better Paradigm: The Case for a Third Way,” in A Better Paradigm for the Study of Baptist History?, ed. R. L. Vaughn, pp. 17–20. Mount Enterprise, TX: Waymark Publications, 2009.


“Southern Baptist Calvinism: Setting the Record Straight,” in Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue, eds. E. Ray Clendenen and Brad Waggoner, pp. 171–194. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2008.


“Robert Hall’s Contributions to Evangelical Renewal in the Northamptonshire Baptist Association,” Midwestern Journal of Theology 6, no. 1 (Fall 2007): 19–34.


Baptism as Prerequisite to the Lord’s Table.” Published by The Center for Theological Research, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, October 2006.


“Youth for Calvin: Reformed Theology and Southern Baptist Collegians,” Baptist History and Heritage 39 (Spring 2004): 19–41, co-authored with C. Douglas Weaver.



Review of Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. For Themelios 42.3 (December 2017): 584–86.

Review of Ian Shaw, Christianity: The Biography: 2000 Years of Global History. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. For Books at a Glance (July 24, 2017).

Review of Gerald R. McDermott, Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently about the People and the Land. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2017. For Christianity Today online (June 22, 2017).

Review of Ernie Johnson Jr., Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments that Make Life Extraordinary (Baker, 2017). For LifeWay Pastors (May 25, 2017).

Review of Rhyne R. Putman, In Defense of Doctrine: Evangelicalism, Theology, and Scripture, Emerging Scholars. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2015. For Journal of Baptist Theology and Ministry 14.1 (Spring 2017): 109–13.

Review of Andrew Christopher Smith, Fundamentalism, Fundraising, and the Transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1919–1925. America’s Baptists. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2016. For Southeastern Theological Review 8.1 (Spring 2017): 99–101.


Review of Jonathan Leeman, Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule, Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. For Themelios 41.3 (December 2016): 549–51.

Review of Gerald Bray, The Church: A Theological and Historical Account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016. For Books at a Glance (December 5, 2016).

Review of Oliver Crisp, Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015, and Kyle C. Strobel, ed., The Ecumenical Edwards: Jonathan Edwards and the Theologians. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015. For Southeastern Theological Review 7.2 (Winter 2016): 144–47.

Review of William M. Schweitzer and Joel Beeke, eds., Jonathan Edwards for the Church. Darlington, UK: Evangelical Press, 2015. For Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20.1 (Spring 2016): 163–65.

Review of Christopher Ben Simpson, Modern Christian Theology. London: T&T Clark, 2016. For Books at a Glance.

Review of Donald S. Whitney, Finding God in Solitude: The Personal Piety of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) and Its Influence on His Pastoral Ministry. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang, 2014. For Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 9.1 (Spring 2016): 135–36.

Review of Douglas A. Sweeney, Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. For Themelios 41.1 (April 2016): 150–51.

Review of The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, vols. 12, eds. Ryan Andrew Newson and Andrew C. Wright. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. For Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 59.1 (March 2016): 215–20.

Review of Matthew Pinson, Arminian and Baptist: Explorations in a Theological Tradition. Nashville, TN: Randall House, 2015. For The Journal of Baptist Studies 8 (February 2016): 126–30.


Review of Darren Dochuk, Thomas S. Kidd, and Kurt W. Peterson, eds. American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014. For Themelios 40.3 (December 2015): 534–36.

The False Gospel of American Exceptionalism,” The Gospel Coalition (November 16, 2015). Review of John D. Wilsey, American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea (IVP Academic, 2015).

Embracing The Colson Way,” Canon and Culture (August 25, 2015). Review of Owen Strachan, The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World (Nelson, 2015).

Review of Peter Morden, Communion with Christ and His People: The Spirituality of C. H. Spurgeon. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013. For Southeastern Theological Review 6.1 (Summer 2015): 129–30.

Review of David Barshinger, Jonathan Edwards and the Psalms: A Redemptive-Historical Vision of Scripture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. For Themelios 40.2 (Summer 2015): 325–26.

Review of Kevin Bauder and Robert Delnay, eds. One in Hope & Doctrine: Origins of Baptist Fundamentalism, 1870–1950. Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2014. 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.

Review of Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel. Beloved Dust: Drawing Close to God by Discovering the Truth About Yourself (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2014), for The Gospel Coalition (November 28, 2014).

Interpreting America’s Pastor.” Review of Grant Wacker, America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of the Nation (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014), for The Anxious Bench (November 20, 2014).

Review of Karen Swallow Prior, Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah Moore: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2014), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of Dane Ortlund, Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of David W. Bebbington and David Cheri Jones, Evangelicalism and Fundamentalism in the United Kingdom during the Twentieth Century (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). For Themelios 39.2 (August 2014): 338–40.

Review of John Howard Yoder, Theology of Mission: A Believer’s Church Perspective. Edited by Gayle Gerber Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013). For Themelios 39.2 (August 2014): 403–04.

Review of Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2012). For Themelios 39.1 (April 2014): 129–30.


Review of Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Book review for Southeastern Theological Review 4.2 (Winter 2013): 231–34.

“A Different Evangelical Politics: The Moral Minority,” review essay of David R. Swartz, Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). For The City: A Publication of Houston Baptist University (Fall 2013): 69–74.

Review of Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, eds., Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics: A Guide for Evangelicals (IVP Academic, 2013), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of Keith S. Grant, Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology (Paternoster, 2013), for Themelios 38.1 (August 2013): 29899.

Review of William M. Schweitzer, God Is a Communicative Being: Divine Communicativeness and Harmony in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (T&T Clark, 2012), for Themelios 38.1 (August 2013): 31112.

Review of C. E. Hill, Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy (Oxford University Press, 2010), for Southeastern Theological Review 4.1 (Summer 2013): 9192.

Review of Kyle Strobel, Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (InterVarsity, 2013), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of Jay Riley Chase, An Unexpected Gospel: American Evangelicals and World Christianity, 1812–1920 (Oxford University Press, 2012), in Themelios 38.1 (Spring 2013): 12729.

Book note of Mark A. Noll, Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, 3rd ed. (Baker Academic, 2012), in Themelios 38.1 (Spring 2013): 137.


Review of Chris Chun, The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards in the Theology of Andrew Fuller (Leiden: Brill, 2012), in Themelios 37.3 (November 2012): 53638.

Review of David Bebbington, Victorian Religious Revivals: Culture and Piety in Local and Global Contexts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), for Themelios 37.3 (November 2012): 53436.

Review of D. A. Carson, Collected Writings on Scripture, compiled by Andrew David Naselli (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010), for Southeastern Theological Review 3.1 (Summer 2012): 10305.

Review of Andrew David Naselli and Collin Hansen, eds., Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, Counterpoints: Bible and Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), for Southeastern Theological Review 3.1 (Summer 2012):13436.

Review of Mark Dever, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible (B&H, 2012), for The Gospel Coalition.

Review of David Bebbington, Victorian Nonconformity, 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2011), for Themelios 37.2 (July 2012): 34344.

Review of David J. Cohen and Michael Parsons, eds., Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011), for Themelios, 37.2 (July 2012): 34445.

Review of Alister Chapman, Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), for Themelios 37.1 (April 2012): 8789.

Review of A. Chadwick Mauldin, Fullerism as Opposed to Calvinism: A Historical and Theological Comparison of the Missiology of Andrew Fuller and John Calvin (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2011), for Themelios 37.1 (April 2012): 9697.


Review of Gregg Allison, Historical Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011), for Themelios 36.3 (November 2011): 52123.

Review of Daniel Williams, God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), for North Carolina Historical Review 88.4 (October 2011): 45859.

Review of D.G. Hart, From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), for The Gospel Coalition.

God’s Country: The Faithful Sunbelt,” review essay of Darren Dochuk, From Bible Belt to Sun Belt: Grassroots Politics, Plain-Folk Religion, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism (New York: Norton, 2010), for The City (Summer 2011): 7680

Review of Robert E. Johnson, A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010), for Themelios 36.2 (August 2011): 31517.

Review of Paul Brewster, Andrew Fuller: Model Pastor-Theologian (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010), for The Andrew Fuller Review: The Bulletin of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies 1 (September, 2011): 1518.

Review of Thomas Oden, series ed., The Ancient Christian Doctrines Series. 5 vols. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 20092010), for Themelios 36.1 (May 2011): 11422.


Review of Keith E. Durso, Thy Will Be Done: A Biography of George W. Truett (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 4 (2010): 7376.

Review of Garth M. Rosell, The Surprising Work of God: Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), for Themelios, 35.3 (November 2010): 49394.

Complementarian Caricature,” a review of Kathryn Joyce, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement (Boston: Beacon, 2009), for The Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 15.2 (Fall 2010): 4849.

Review of Randall Balmer, The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2010), for Themelios 35.2 (July 2010): 32223.

Understanding Heresy,” a review of Alister McGrath, Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth (New York: HarperOne, 2009), for the Baptist Messenger (March 15, 2010).

Review of Stephen P. Miller, Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South, Politics and Culture in Modern America  (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), for North Carolina Historical Review 87.1 (January 2010): 12021.


Review of William H. Brackney, Historical Dictionary of the Baptists, 2d. ed. (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2009), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 3 (2009).

“Bicentennial President: Abraham Lincoln Examined,” a review essay of Ronald C. White, A. Lincoln: A Biography (New York: Random House, 2009), for The City: A Publication of Houston Baptist University 2.1 (Spring 2009): 30–35.

Review of Tom J. Nettles, James Petrigu Boyce: Southern Baptist Statesman, American Reformed Biography (Philipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2009), for Themelios 34.3 (November 2009): 398–99.

Review of James Leo Garrett, Baptist Theology: A Four Century Study (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009), for Themelios 34.2 (July 2009): 237–39.

Review of Carl Trueman, John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man (London: Ashgate, 2007), for Founders Journal 78 (Fall 2009): 30–32.


Review of John Wolffe, The Expansion of Evangelicalism: The Age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers and Finney, A History of Evangelicalism: People, Movements and Ideas in the English-Speaking World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007), for Themelios 33.3 (December 2008): 90–91.

Review of Kenneth J. Collins, The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.4 (Fall 2008): 100–01.

Review of G. R. Evans, John Wyclif: Myth & Reality (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.4 (Fall 2008): 104–05.

Review of Mary Beth Swetman Mathews, Rethinking Zion: How the Print Media Placed Fundamentalism in the South (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006), for Faith and Mission 24.4 (Fall 2008): 109–11.

Review of Larry J. Kreitzer, “Seditious Sectaryes”: The Baptist Conventiclers of Oxford, 1641–1691, Studies in Baptist History and Thought (Carlisle, Cumbria, UK and Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2006), for Baptist History and Heritage 43.3 (Summer-Fall 2008): 113–14.

Review of Barry Hankins, American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement, Critical Issues in History (Lanham. MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), for Themelios 33.2 (September 2008): 90–91.

A Southern Baptist Manifesto,” a review of David S. Dockery, Southern Baptist Consenus and Renewal: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Proposal (B&H Academic, 2008) for Christianity Today web edition (September 2008).

Review of Walter B. Shurden, Not an Easy Journey: Some Transitions in Baptist Life (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2005), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 2 (2008).


Review of Peter J. Morden, Offering Christ to the World: Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) and the Revival of Eighteenth Century Particular Baptist Life, Studies in Baptist History and Thought (Carlisle, Cumbria, UK and Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2003), for The Journal of Baptist Studies 1 (2007).

Review of Beth Barton Schweiger and an Donald G. Mathews, eds., Religion in the American South: Protestants and Others in History and Culture (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 24.3 (Summer 2007): 89–90.

Review of Douglas A. Sweeney, The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.3 (Summer 2007): 90–92.

Review of David W. Bebbington, The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, A History of Evangelicalism: People, Movements and Ideas in the English-Speaking World (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2005), for Faith and Mission 24.2 (Spring 2007): 92–93.


Review of Paul Harvey, Freedom’s Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Era (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 113–16.

Review of David Chappell, A Stone of Hope: Religion and the Death of Jim Crow (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 113–16.

Review of David Hempton, Methodism: Empire of the Spirit (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 119–21.

Review of Sydney Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People, 2d ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004), for Faith and Mission 23.1 (Fall 2005): 122–23.

Review of William Brackney, A Genetic History of Baptist Thought (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2004), for The Journal of the Florida Baptist Historical Society 7 (Fall 2005).

Review of Craig Bartholomew, Robin Parry, and Andrew West, eds., The Futures of Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2004), for Faith and Mission 22.3 (Summer 2005): 135–37.

Review of Dale S. DeWitt, Dispensational Theology in America during the Twentieth Century: Theological Development and Cultural Context (Grand Rapids, MI: Grace Bible College, 2002), for Faith and Mission 22.3 (Summer 2005): 131–33.

Review of Emir Caner and Ergun Caner, eds., The Sacred Desk: Sermons of the Southern Baptist Convention Presidents (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2004), for Faith and Mission 22.2 (Spring 2005): 145–46.

Review of Rufus B. Spain, At Ease in Zion: A Social History of Southern Baptists, 1865–1900 (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 22.2 (Spring 2005): 151–52.

Review of Bruce J. Evenson, God’s Man for the Guilded Age: D. L. Moody and the Rise of Modern Mass Evangelism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 22.2 (Spring 2005): 145–47.


Review of Jason K. LeeThe Theology of John Smyth: Puritan, Separatist, Baptist, Mennonite (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2003), for Faith and Mission 21.2 (Spring 2004): 84–86.



“Reforming the Reformation,” Light 3.1 (Summer 2017), 27–30.

Directors of Missions: Vital Servants,” Baptist & Reflector (February 23, 2017).

Why You Should Consider Living Near Your Church,” The Gospel Coalition (January 5, 2017).

Baptism–More than Numbers,” Baptist Press (January 5, 2017).


Open Letter: Cooperation Needed Amid SBC Tensions,” Baptist Press (December 21, 2016).

Neighbor Love and the Upcoming Election,” Baptist & Reflector (October 18, 2016)

Praise God for Pastoral ‘Stickers,'” Baptist Press (August 10, 2016).

Baptists and the Benedict Option in American Babylon,” Canon and Culture (March 22, 2016).


Andrew Fuller, Great Commission Pastoral Leadership, and Southern Baptists,” Towers (May 2015): 16-18.

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

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


“Revival and Prayer: Yesterday and Today,” Biblical Recorder (August 2, 2014): 12.

Baptists and Cultural Engagement, Part 1: Introduction,”  Canon and Culture (June 16, 2014).

Why I am a Historic Premillennialist,” in SBC LIFE: Journal of the Southern Baptist Convention (Summer 2014): 12

Clapham Spirituality: A Model for Contemporary Evangelicals,” Canon and Culture (April 30, 2014).


“Pray for Our Military Chaplains,” Biblical Recorder (August 3, 2013): 8.

An Open Letter from an Eagle Scout,” The Imaginative Conservative (April 23, 2013).

Respecting Our Elders,” Tabletalk Magazine (March 2013), 12–15.

A Baptist Perspective on ‘Re-Baptism’,” Biblical Recorder (February 26, 2013).


How Do You Know It’s Really Revival?” (July 2012).

Adoniram Judson: Pioneer Missionary to Burma,” Credo Magazine (March 2012): 41–45.

Responding to Bell: Some Lessons for Evangelicals,” Credo Magazine (January 2012): 58–64.


Very Hopeful about the SBC’s Future,” Baptist Press (December 22, 2011).

Cultivating Godliness in College,” Baptist Press (October 17, 2011)

Watching Muslims Profess Faith–In the Face of Persecution,” Baptist Press (June 29, 2011)


I Deserve the Coal,” Baptist Press (December 22, 2010).

The States of Our Convention,” Baptist Messenger (September 29, 2010), co-authored with Douglas E. Baker.


“Gratitude and Grace-Centered Living: The Centrality of Gratitude in the Christian life,” The Gospel Witness (February 2009): 9–11.

All God’s Callings,” Boundless (April 30, 2009)


Thomas Meredith’s Biblical Recorder, 1834-1850,” written for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, November 2008.

The Ablest Man Who Has Yet Appeared Among Us,” written for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, September 2008.

Gender and the Vice Presidency,” Baptist Press (September 5, 2008).


“The Varieties of SBC Conservatism,” The Pathway 5, no. 6 (April 3, 2007): 12–14.

Greed or No Greed?” Baptist Press (February 1, 2007)


Pregnancy and a Consistent Ethic of Life,” Baptist Press (May 31, 2006).

Weblogs and the Ninth Commandment,” Baptist Press (May 9, 2006)

Baptist History and Baptist Ministry,” Baptist Press (February 23, 2006).


Hurricane Katrina: How Can We Help?,” Baptist Press (September 1, 2005)

2 Churches: Different and Similar,” Baptist Press (June 29, 2005).


Who Killed Jesus?” Baptist Press (February 25, 2004).

Why Vote Values?,” Baptist Press (October 26, 2004).

The Religious Left and the Sufficiency of Scripture,” Baptist Press (September 8, 2004).


“(Nominally) Christian Colleges,” Boundless (September 11, 2003).

The New Metrosexuality,” Baptist Press (September 2, 2003).

Wanted: Deliberately Christian Parents,” Baptist Press (May 8, 2003).

“The Protest Culture,” Boundless (April 3, 2003).

Confessions of a 19th Century Baptist,” Founders Journal (Winter 2003): 2526, 30.

What Kind of Peace?,” Baptist Press (January 9, 2003).

“Embarrassing Entertainment,” Boundless (January 2, 2003).


“Some Assembly Required,” Boundless (September 12, 2002).

Moral Absolutes—West Wing Style,” Baptist Press (July 9, 2002).


The Conservative Resurgence: An Annotated Bibliography,” December 2012.

Funding Great Commission Faithfulness: A Response to Morris Chapman.” Unpublished white paper, May 2010. Co-authored with Daniel L. Akin.

Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and Southern Baptists.” Unpublished position paper, January 2009.


I have forthcoming book chapters on the life and ministry of Robert Hall Sr., two different chapters related to the Sandemanian controversy among British Baptists during the Long Eighteenth Century, an assessment of contemporary trends in Christian spirituality, a prescriptive chapter on Baptist spirituality, a theology of Christian higher education, a reflection on the nature of Southern Baptist confessionalism, a reflection on lessons contemporary theologians can learn from Andrew Fuller, and a chapter on the Reformation and spiritual formation. I also have a forthcoming journal article on the influence of the Magisterial Reformation on Baptist identity.

In terms of book-length projects, I am co-editing a volume titled The Major Works of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader for Crossway with Jeremy Kimble (tentative 2017), co-edited a volume on Charles Spurgeon’s cross-centered spirituality for Reformation Heritage Press’ Profiles in Reformed Spirituality series with Aaron Lumpkin (tentative 2017), co-editing a two-volume collection of essays on Andrew Fuller with Jeff Robinson and Shane Shaddix for Pickwick’s Monographs in Baptist History series (tentative 2017), co-authoring a historical theology textbook with Jason Duesing and Thomas White (tentative 2019), and co-authoring a doctrine of the Christian life with George Guthrie (tentative 2021), and co-editing a theology handbook with David Dockery and Danny Akin (tentative 2023).