Archive for August, 2009

Listening: a vital spiritual discipline

August 30th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

One of the most vital spiritual disciplines we can cultivate is listening—listening first to God; then listening to others. This is especially vital for pastors and other Christian leaders.

But it is here so many pastors fail. They clearly fail to find people interesting, otherwise they would be asking them all kinds of questions. I am honestly fed up with pastors who are only interested in using me—and presumably others—simply as sounding boards.

Is it because they are so used to the sermon as the major form of their communication, that this is the only way they know how to communicate?

New Book on Abraham Booth

August 28th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

A new book by Dr. Ray Coppenger, A Messenger of Grace: A Study of the Life and Thought of Abraham Booth, is soon to be released by Joshua Press.

In his day, and for many years after his death, Abraham Booth was regarded as one of the leading Baptist theologians and thinkers of the eighteenth century.  Relatively little, though, has been done, to explore his theological contribution to Baptist life and thought. This work by Dr. Ray Coppenger provides what amounts to a primer on Booth’s ministry and theology.

“Booth’s theological perspectives, particularly with regard to ecclesiology and soteriology, need to be studied afresh at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and I can think of no better place to begin the study of this mentor than this book by Dr. Coppenger.”
Michael A.G. Haykin—Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Raymond Arthur Coppenger was born in 1909 near the small town of Tellico Plains in the mountains of East Tennessee. Sensing a call to ministry in his twenties, he went to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, from which he graduated with a Th.M. in 1936. After seminary, he served as associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Newport, Tennessee, and then as pastor of churches in Butler, Tennessee, and Pennington Gap, Virginia. After World War II, he went to Edinburgh, Scotland, for doctoral studies. He received his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University for his work on Abraham Booth in 1953. Subsequently, he taught philosophy and religion at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. An emeritus professor since 1974, Coppenger continues to supply-preach and join in the ministry of his local church—and he does his best to keep up with his five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren!

Ordering details will be posted soon.

Posted by Steve Weaver, Research and Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.

Register this Weekend for Baptist Spirituality Conference

August 21st, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

Time is running out to register for next Monday and Tuesday’s conference on Baptist Spirituality.  You will be able to register in person on Monday morning, but there is no guarantee that you will get the free resources generously donated to the conference registrants.

Download Conference Program


Posted by Steve Weaver, Research and Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.

Tenth Free Book for Baptist Spirituality Conference

August 19th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

The tenth and final free book to be given away to registrants of next week’s conference on Baptist Spirituality is Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin’s A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards.  This volume has been generously donated by the kind folks at Reformation Heritage Books.

There’s still time to register for the conference and receive the three journals from SWBTS and the ten free books.

Posted by Steve Weaver, Research and Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.

Eusebeia 10 Now Available for Order

August 18th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

“A Heart Uncommonly Devoted to God”:
Theology and Piety in Jonathan Edward’s
Funeral Sermon for His Daughter Jerusha

A monograph by Joseph C. Harrod


5   From the editor

7   Preface

11  Chapter 1:  Jonathan Edward’s Funeral Sermons

35  Chapter 2:  “A Heart Uncommonly Devoted to God”:  The Life of Jerusha Edwards

49  Chapter 3:  An Analysis of Youth is Like a Flower That is Cut Down

63  Appendix:  A Letter of Jerusha Edwards

Available journal articles are in PDF format and viewable online using the free Adobe Acrobat Viewer.

Only limited articles are available online. For the complete journal, please order the print copy from the office of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.  Ordering details are available here.

Doctoral thesis on Abraham Booth by Ray Coppenger to be published by Joshua Press

August 18th, 2009 Posted in 18th Century, Baptist Life & Thought

I have been working on a new book on Abraham Booth—helping edit the doctoral thesis of Ray Coppenger for publication by Joshua Press. What a privilege! I met Dr Coppenger through his son, Dr Mark Coppenger, a colleague at Southern—and to whom I feel deeply indebted in a number of ways, not the least certain kindnesses he showed me over ten years ago when I applied to teach at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The title of the new book—to be shortly released—is “A messenger of grace”: A study of the life and thought of Abraham Booth (1734–1806). Inspiration for the title—so apt for Booth—comes from these lines of William Cowper’s The Task, Book II, lines 395–407:

“Would I describe a preacher, such as Paul,
Were he on earth, would hear, approve, and own,
Paul should himself direct me. I would trace
His master strokes, and draw from his design.
I would express him simple, grave, sincere;
In doctrine uncorrupt; in language plain,
And plain in manner; decent, solemn, chaste
And natural in gesture; much impressed
Himself, as conscious of his awful charge,
And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds
May feel it too; affectionate in look,
And tender in address, as well becomes
A messenger of grace to guilty men.”

“Dortian” Calvinism and “regular” Calvinism

August 18th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

Recently I was asked by hereiblog: Can you explain the difference between “Dortian” Calvinism and “regular” Calvinism?

Historically, the first term has no history. Those using Dortian Calvinism seem to mean 5-point Calvinism and have coined the term after the Synod of Dort that made the 5 points important. If you read Calvinists prior to the last decade you can find nobody talking about Dortian Calvinism. But, from its usage it appears to be a bad term—and it appears that by it one should read “unevangelistic Calvinism.”

But many 5-pointers have been solid evangelists. For example: Bunyan and Eliot, Whitefield and Brainerd, the Bonars and Spurgeon. If by “Dortian” Calvinism we mean Hyper-Calvinism—what Andrew Fuller called “False Calvinism”—then that should be said.

Regular Calvinism: is this 4-point Calvinism or “evangelistic Calvinism.” Or is it Baxterianism? Or Amyraldianism? These are the terms that are used. Or is Regular Calvinism that of Andrew Fuller? Or that of Calvin himself? Historically, in Baptist circles, the term “regular” denotes closed communion. So it was used by British Calvinistic Baptists and Canadian Baptists in the 19th and 20th centuries.

It would be helpful for the terms to be defined. Here we can learn from that most careful of theologians, Jonathan Edwards, who always defined his terms.

A tremendous sermon by Kirk Wellum

August 16th, 2009 Posted in Pastoral Ministry

Tonight my wife and I had the privilege to hear Kirk Wellum preach on Daniel 6 at our home church. It has to have been one of the finest sermons I ever heard.

There was a clear outline of the passage: the nefarious attempt by the Persian satraps due to jealousy to make Daniel’s “faith and spirituality a political liability”; the passing of the law restricting worship to the King; Daniel’s disobedience to the law out of reverence for God; the miraculous deliverance of the servant of the Lord; the judgment of the wicked; the praise by Darius of the Lordship of Daniel’s God.

Near the end of the sermon, Kirk made a link between Daniel emerging from the lion’s den with our Lord emerging from the tomb. Honestly, the link was something I had never seen before. I saw where he was going just before he got there. Wow! I inwardly exclaimed, this is tremendous.

How important to preach not only within the context, but also canonically! Daniel 6 speaks of the reign of Messiah and God’s sovereignty in history.

What a privilege to sit under such Spirit-anointed preaching.

“Baptist Spirituality” Conference Program Now Available

August 14th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

A pdf of the conference program that will be given to conference registrants is now available for preview online.

There’s still time to register for the conference.

Posted by Steve Weaver, Research and Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.

More Freebies for the Conference

August 14th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized

The Southwestern Journal of Theology is donating free copies of their recent issues on ‘British Baptists,’ ‘The Bible,’ and ‘Baptists & Unity’ to all conference registrants.  Thanks to Dr. Malcolm Yarnell and his assistant, Madison Grace for this generous contribution.

You can still register for the conference and receive these three journals and nine free books.

Posted by Steve Weaver, Research and Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.