Archive for August, 2012

New Book Review: Walking With Giants: The Extraordinary Life of An Ordinary Man

August 31st, 2012 Posted in 20th Century, Books

Dr. Haykin has recently reviewed Walking With Giants: An Ordinary Man With Extraordinary Experiences, the autobiography of Elmer Towns. Find this review and others here on our Book Review page.

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

Four fourth-century Christians in Roman Britain

August 30th, 2012 Posted in Ancient Church: 4th & 5th Centuries, Church History

Last fall, during a visit with Steve Weaver to the British Museum on September 14, I headed to one of my favorite places in the Museum, the room housing the exhibits of Roman Britain. While there, I was drawn especially to the Water Newton Treasure, a hoard of silver vessels, found in 1974 in the English county of Cambridgeshire. In the fourth century, the locale was known as Durobrivae, a fortified Roman garrison town. A number of the pieces were stamped with the familiar Christian chi-rho symbol, and the names of some of those who associated with the hoard were listed: Publianus, Amcilla, Innocentia and Viventia.

I love finding lists like this: Who were these fourth-century believers? How had they come to Christ? What was their witness?

Free Conference Registrations Available for SBTS Students

August 29th, 2012 Posted in Andrew Fuller, Baptist Life & Thought, Conferences

Currently enrolled, on-campus Southern Seminary students are eligible for free registration to this year’s Andrew Fuller Center conference. Due to the generosity of friends, there are a limited number of free registrations available on a first come, first serve basis. To receive this free registration you must sign up for in person at the Events Production office on the campus of Southern Seminary. All you need is your Shield student ID card. For details about the conference or (if you are not a current SBTS student) to register, please visit events.sbts.edu/andrewfuller.

Remembering Baptist pioneers

August 29th, 2012 Posted in 17th Century, Baptist Life & Thought, Books, Church History

In Russell Re Manning, ed., 30-Second Religion (New York: Metro Books, 2011)—one of those mass-produced books to be sold at a discount—Manning cites John Smyth, Thomas Helwys, and Roger Williams as the key representatives of “Baptist Christianity” (p.110). It is curious that I came across this today as this past week in our Church History colloquium we discussed John Smyth’s The Character of the Beast, and I noted that it is strange that we as Baptists remember two men—Smyth and Williams—who were Baptists for less than a year. To be sure, they understood certain key principles of Baptist theology, and for that we rejoice. But: we also must prize consistency and perseverance. It strikes me that if we want to remember two pioneers, Thomas Helwys and John Clarke in Rhode Island are much better models.

Samuel Davies on friendship

August 28th, 2012 Posted in 18th Century, Books, Church History, Eminent Christians, Great Quotes

In his State of Religion among The Protestant Dissenters in Virginia (Boston, 1751), Samuel Davies helps us understand what friendship meant for some eighteenth-century Evangelicals. He is talking about the aim of this tract, and what he will and will not communicate to his readers. He notes: “I have always tho’t it an Instance of Imprudence pregnant with mischievous Consequences, when Persons in such Cases unbosom themselves to Mankind in general, with the unguarded liberties of intimate Friendship.” (p.4). How did Samuel Davies understand friendship? It was a context in which “intimate” friends could share completely and fully with one another—unbosoming themselves to one another with complete liberty. But such was not for public consumption.

It occurs to me that, there is wisdom here for how one ought to conduct oneself with regard to social media.

Mark Moss on the visualization of history

August 27th, 2012 Posted in Books, Church History

Last year I came across a very helpful book by Mark Moss, Toward the Visualization of History: The Past as Image (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008). It helped confirm a number of convictions that I have had for a while.

First, “for today’s generation, history comes from images” (p.85), and their reading is like their watching t.v.—it is by “quick looks.”

Then, Moss argues that the print revolution of Johann Gutenberg led to an increase of individualism and a growth in the desire for privacy since reading was a solitary activity (p.71).

Finally, relevant for a Canadian like myself, was the observation that “Canadians think our history [that is, the history of Canada] is a snore” (p.151). Sad, but true!

Forming the book

August 24th, 2012 Posted in Books

The book: some of us passionately love these tools that communicate the wisdom and joy of the ages. Here is a brief video on how they have been historically made. HT: Ivan Mesa.

New Conference Audio: Reflecting on the Cross

August 15th, 2012 Posted in Conferences

Recently (the week of July 29, 2012), Dr. Haykin spoke at the Muskoka Bible Centre in Northern Ontario on the theme Reflecting on the Cross. I posted the audio of these lectures on our Audio page this morning. The links to Dr. Haykin’s lectures are included below in the order in which they were delivered.

For more audio from Dr. Haykin, please see this site’s Audio page.

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

Coming Soon from Dr. Haykin: Travel With Jonathan Edwards

August 14th, 2012 Posted in Books, Church History, Eminent Christians

Coming soon from Dr. Haykin and DayOne Publications is Travel With Jonathan Edwards. This is another in a series of very helpful travel guides related to important figures in church history published by DayOne. Written with Ron Baines, the book will not only include a biographical sketch of Edwards, but it will also include maps, directions, and color photos of many important Edwards’ sites.

From the Publisher:

In a world wracked by the clash of European powers, Jonathan Edwards, one of the most extraordinary theologian-pastors in the history of Christianity, sought to express by means of the spoken word and printed text his vision of the glory of God, sovereign over this world’s empires, and its practical implications for humanity. The pursuit of this calling was an instrumental factor in the revivals that reshaped the American spiritual landscape. Throughout all the changes of his life was his beautiful relationship with his wife Sarah, a model of Puritan marital piety and the hidden spring of much of his usefulness as a preacher and theologian.

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

Free Registrations Available for “Andrew Fuller and His Friends”

August 10th, 2012 Posted in Andrew Fuller, Church History, Conferences

Currently enrolled, on-campus Southern Seminary students are eligible for free registration to this year’s Andrew Fuller Center conference. Due to the generosity of friends, there are a limited number of free registrations available on a first come, first serve basis. To receive this free registration you must sign up for in person at the Events Production office on the campus of Southern Seminary. All you need is your Shield student ID card. For details about the conference or (if you are not a current SBTS student) to register, please visit events.sbts.edu/andrewfuller.