Archive for July, 2010

New Book by Dr. Haykin: The Empire of the Holy Spirit

July 29th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Dr. Haykin’s newest release, The Empire of the Holy Spirit, is soon to be released from Borderstone Press.  This book can be ordered directly from the publisher by contacting Roger Duke at Combining both keen historical reflection and rich biblical insight, Michael Haykin has pulled from his expertise in both church history and biblical spirituality in the writing of this volume.

The book has already received high praise from several individuals who have endorsed the book.  Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes:

Michael Haykin’s The Empire of the Holy Spirit is not just a book about the Holy Spirit.  This is a book written, obviously, by one who knows the Person (not just the topic) of which he writes.

This book will prompt you to think.  You’ll want to scratch down notes, and talk about insights over coffee with friends.  But, more than that, this book will prompt you to get on your knees, through the Spirit of God, and cry out “Abba Father!”

Dr. Donald Whitney, author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, has also endorsed the book:

Besides Michael Haykin, few people, to my knowledge, could have written such a book as this with the same credibility.

The richness of the combination of history, theology, spirituality, and practicality in this volume could come only from someone who has the expertise of a professor of church history and spirituality, the insight of a biblical scholar, the wisdom of an experienced church elder, and the authenticity of a sincere personal piety.

Dr. Joel Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has written:

Haykin’s Empire of the Spirit covers a rich cluster of subjects on the Holy Spirit from various biblical, historical, and theological perspectives.  Whether speaking about the Spirit’s role in sanctification, in revival, in the Great Commission, in the exercise of genuine success, or in promoting Christian unity, Haykin’s thoughts, tethered to Scripture, offer an exciting read.

This book needs to be pondered over and yet it is a page-turner.  I pray that it may promote a deepening interest in and appreciation for the Spirit’s indispensable, variegated ministry in the lives of believers.

Other endorsers include Dr. Steven Lawson, Dr. Carl Trueman, and several others.  I will post some of their endorsements in future posts.

If you would like to listen to the author’s own thoughts on the book, you can download this podcast in which I interview Dr. Haykin about his most recent book.

Download Podcast

You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes using this feed.

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

Early Registration Ends July 31st

July 20th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

The fourth annual conference of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is scheduled for August 30-31, 2010.  The theme is:  Baptists and the Cross:  Contemporary and Historical Reflections. The conference will feature speakers such as Danny Akin (president, SEBTS), David Bebbington (professor, University of Stirling), Maurice Dowling (professor,Irish Baptist College), James Fuller (professor, University of Indianapolis), Tom Schreiner (professor, SBTS), Glendon Thompson (president, TBS and pastor of Jarvis Street Baptist Church), and Stephen Wellum (professor, SBTS).  For full bios of the speakers, see here.

Discounted registration rates are now available for the conference (through July 31) and there is a special rate for students.  Students may receive a discounted rate by using the code: “8051974″.  For more information on the conference visit

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

“I wish to be a man of the Church”

July 16th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

“I wish to be a man of the Church, not the founder of heresy; I want to be named with Christ’s name and bear the name which is blessed on earth. It is also my desire to do this in deed as well as in Spirit.” Some of you reading this might be surprised to learn that Origen, nicknamed Adamantius, “Man of Steel,”[1] said this. See his Homily on Luke 16.

I think it grievous that later generations have judged Origen so harshly. I have never regarded him as a heretic as some have done. He was a Christian theologian who made some theological errors, yes. But a heretic never! We need to ever recall with figures as complex as Origen the way Robert Murray McCheyne spoke after hearing of the death of Edward Irving, the preaching wonder of the 1820s: for McCheyne, Irving was “a holy man in spite of all his delusions and errors.”[2]

[1] Jerome, On Illustrious Men 54[trans. Thomas P. Halton, Saint Jerome: On Illustrious Men (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1999), 77].

[2] Andrew A. Bonar, The Life of Robert Murray M‘Cheyne (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1960), 35.

Dying with Christ like Isaac

July 12th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

All who follow the Lord Jesus will experience the pain of the cross.

Our baptism as believers speaks of this, does it not? Crucified with Christ. No cause ever for Baptists to be triumphalistic. The only triumph is being crucified with Christ and it hurts!

We will know the pain of rejection and of laughter as we plead with sinners to repent and believe. These are stabs to the vitals, especially when those we plead with are loved ones.

Blessed is the church that knows how to comfort those suffering for Jesus’ sake: places where discipleship is really understood.

But sometimes, I fear, our churches are adept at turning a blind eye than a helping hand. We, like the rest of humanity, really do not want to suffer. And we have no desire to suffer with others. Or no idea of what to say.

This too is being crucified with Christ: realizing how powerless we really are. Where is free will and human power now? This is the crux of the matter: we cannot die with Christ—the Spirit of the Crucified Christ must take us to the cross.

May we go like Isaac: in wonder and awe and come away with reverent fear.


Glorying in the Cross with T.T. Shields and Anne Steele

July 12th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

Glorying in the cross of Christ lies at the very heart of what it means to be a biblical Christian.(1) In the 1920s, during the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy, it was this glorying that was central to the difference between Fundamentalists and Modernists. The latter liked to think and talk of Christ’s death as chiefly an example of the Father’s love and Christ’s dying as that of a glorious martyr.(2) But it was men like Dr. T. T. Shields (1873-1955), the Toronto Baptist, who insisted that the death of the Lord Jesus had far richer meaning. The real significance of the suffering and death of the Lord Christ, he insisted, lay in the fact it was for sinners. He suffered and died in their stead. For sinners’ eternal good his sinless soul bore the wrath they justly deserved. And the salvation he consequently secured by his death is full and complete and lacks nothing. Glory—glory indeed!

It is well known, though, that Roman Catholicism has also focused on the sufferings and death of Christ.  Where does it differ then from the Evangelical witness to and glorying in the cross? Mel Gibson’s lavishly produced The Passion of the Christ with its intense concentration on the physical sufferings of the Lord Jesus well reveals the stance of traditional Catholicism. Yet it fails to enunciate clearly why Christ died and the importance of his spiritual sufferings. And here is seen the crucial difference between the Evangelical and Roman Catholic approaches to the cross.

Historically, Evangelical glorying in the cross has also meant an emphasis on a certain type of living. To truly glory in the cross is to no longer live for self and one’s ambitions and plans. It means to give all for Jesus and his glory. The eighteenth-century Baptist hymnwriter Anne Steele (1717-1778) put this truth in this way:

Dear Lord, what heavenly wonders dwell

In thy atoning blood!

By this are sinners snatch’d from hell,

And rebels brought to God.


Jesus, my soul, adoring bends

To love so full, so free;

And may I hope that love extends

Its sacred power to me?


What glad return can I impart,

For favours so divine?

O take my all, this worthless heart…

(1) Thus Philip E. Hughes and Frank Colquhoun, “Introduction” to Leon Morris, Glory in the Cross. A Study in the Atonement (1966 ed; repr. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1979), 6.

(2) See, for example, L.H. Marshall’s view of Christ’s death as cited by W. J. H. Brown, [“Modernism”] (Unpublished ms., W. Gordon Brown Papers, McMaster Divinity College Archives, McMaster University, Ontario), [p.4].

Toronto Baptist Conference

July 3rd, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

For more information, visit