Archive for February, 2010

John Gill and Basil of Caesarea

February 25th, 2010 Posted in Ancient Church: 4th & 5th Centuries, Baptist Life & Thought

Ove the past few weeks I have been sourcing patristic citations from Basil of Caesarea mostly (but today also Gregory of Nazianzus) in John Gill’s The Cause of God and Truth, and I cannot find any of them! It has been an extremely frustrating experience.

Gill is citing these Fathers to defend the perspective that the so-called five points of Calvinism have a much earlier heritage than the Reformation and post-Refomation theologians. Methdological concerns aside, it appears that Gill at times made paraphrases from the writings of Basil. I have been combing through the Greek and am so frustrated with coming up with not one quote that I can confirm in Basil’s corpus.

Thankfully, one of my PhD students, Steven Godet, is working on this very matter, and will provide answers!

Addendum (added Feb 26/2010): Have actually found three or four citations in the past three hours. Generally ok, but some of the quotes are paraphrases.

Papers from True Church Conference

February 23rd, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Last week Dr. Haykin had the opportunity to speak at the True Church Conference hosted by Grace Life Church of Muscle Shoals, AL.  You can read about his own reflections on his experience at the conference here.  Dr. Haykin presented two papers at the conference.  The first on Hyper-Calvinism, and the second on Andrew Fuller.  Both papers are now posted in PDF format below:

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

Review of Friends of Calvin (2009)

February 23rd, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Haykin has recently reviewed an interesting volume published during last year’s plethora of books released about John Calvin during the 500th anniversary of his birth. Friends of Calvin is by Machiel A. van den Berg.

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

Review of Jeff Noblit’s Born to Reform

February 22nd, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Michael Haykin recently spoke at the True Church Conference hosted by Grace Life Church of Muscle Shoals, AL.  The pastor of Grace Life is Jeff Noblit whose booklet, Born to Reform, has just been reviewed by Dr. Haykin.

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

Reflections on the True Church conference 2010 and on Alexander McLaren

February 21st, 2010 Posted in 19th Century, 21st Century, Baptist Life & Thought

This past weekend (February 19–21) I had the distinct privilege of being a speaker at the 2010 True Church Conference held at Grace Life Church, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. What a privilege to meet and hear Jeff Noblit, pastor of the host church, Conrad Mbewe—“the Spurgeon of Africa”—and his wife, Barry King, a church planter in London, Jonathan Sims and David Miller—a really deep privilege.

I spoke twice: once on “Defining hyper-Calvinism” and on “Missionary Pioneer Andrew Fuller & hyper-Calvinism.” The first talk was particularly difficult to prepare, since I decided to focus on the soteriology of John Gill (1697–1771) and his teaching on the pactum salutis, eternal justification, and the free offer of the gospel. I do think Gill to be on the hyper-Calvinist side of the equation and thus to have been an innovator, following lesser lights like Joseph Hussey and John Skepp rather than the broad stream of Reformed orthodoxy of the seventeenth century. Although Gill quoted Thomas Goodwin, for instance, in supporting his view of eternal justification, he misunderstood Goodwin. But to present such in a popular format, I felt peculiarly difficult. Then to speak on Fuller and do him justice was a challenge. But I am so thankful for the opportunity to be with those brethren.

Flying back this a.m., I missed worship at the house of God. I therefore “listened”—that is, within my mind as I read it—to a sermon preached over a hundred years ago: “Feeding on ashes” by Alexander McLaren (1826–1910) [in A Rosary of Christian Graces (London: Horace Marshal & Son, 1899)]. What a gem—in many ways he was good as a preacher as his contemporary, C.H. Spurgeon (1834–92). A reminder of what life and true life is all about. I was struck by the way he read that clause, “Take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you” (p.213), which he took spiritually and an offer of Christ of himself. Spurgeon had a richer view of the table of the Lord.

Dr. Haykin interviewed on Christ the Center

February 20th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Michael Haykin was recently interviewed on the Reformed Forum‘s Christ the Center podcast.  The focus of the interview was Dr. Haykin’s book, The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers.  You can access the episode in which Dr. Haykin was interviewed here.

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

17th century usage of the term “Anabaptist”

February 10th, 2010 Posted in 17th Century, Baptist Life & Thought

What would be helpful I am realizing is a scholarly study of the term Anabaptist in the 17th century. It would be very helpful to know exactly how the term was viewed and used. Anyone game for this?

John Sutcliff and Walter Wilson

February 10th, 2010 Posted in 18th Century, Baptist Life & Thought, Books

Walter Wilson’s The History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches and Meeting Houses (London, 1808–14, 4 vols.) is one of the gems that anyone researching seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dissent needs to know. Going through vol. 1 just now, I noticed that among those whom Wilson consulted for help in his researches was “J. Sutcliff, of Olney.” Sutcliff, the Baptist pastor of Olney, was an ardent bibliophile and helping Wilson would have been right up his alley!

Trees in winter

February 10th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

What do trees do in winter?

Seemingly frozen, they are waiting.

With trunks and branches

Stretched heavenward, they wait,

For the coming of the sun.

And what of us more sentient beings?

© Michael A.G. Haykin, 2010.

Dr. Haykin on Family Life Today on 02/10 and 02/11

February 9th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Michael Haykin has been interviewed for the nationwide radio program Family Life Today to discuss love and romance among Christians throughout history.  The two-part interview is scheduled to air on Wednesday (02/10/10) and Thursday (02/11/10).  To find a time and station in your area click here.

The topic of this conversation flows from Dr. Haykin’s recent book The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers which provides an interesting glimpse at the love letters of believers through the centuries.

If you don’t have the opportunity to listen when the programs air, you will be able to access the programs online here on or after their airdates.

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