Today in chapel at SBTS, Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin preached from 1 John 3:11-24 on the theme of “Love for the Brothers.” It was an excellent and challenging message that features faithful exposition of the text illucidated by fascinating accounts from the history of the church. In this message, Dr. Haykin argues that “love for the brothers” (along with the preaching of the Word, the administration of the ordinances, and church discipline) consitutes a clearly biblical mark of the church. To hear the message or to download the MP3 click here.
Heiko A. Oberman, Forerunners of the Reformation: The Shape of Late Medieval Thought Illustrated by Key Documents
In this work Oberman provides a late medieval theological reader. Oberman effectively demonstrates that many ideas of the Reformation were matters of debate in the period immediately leading up to the Reformation. There were many “forerunners” who struggled with many of the same issues that the later Reformers would also address.
One of the great contributions of this work is the long (50 page) introduction (chapter one) which outlines the case for the existence of forerunners of the Reformation. Oberman shows this concept as dating all the way back to Augustine’s City of God and its two “churches”: of Abel and Cain respectively. There was also a self-awareness of this concept among the late medieval thinkers to the extent that several of these thinkers saw themselves as precursors of something yet to come. Additionally, Luther saw himself as following in the footsteps of certain key individuals like Jan Huss and Wessel Gansfort.
In the remainder of this volume, Oberman provides readings from primary sources in the areas of “Scripture and Tradition” (chapter two), “Justification: Man’s Eternal Predestination” (chapter three), “The Church” (chapter four), “The Eucharist” (chapter five), and “Exegesis” (chapter six).
The following is an outline of the contents of these chapters with the titles and authors of the excerpts:
Chapter Two – Scripture and Tradition
- Treatise on Faith, the Church, the Roman Pontiff, and the General Council by John Brevicoxa
- Excerpt from a Letter of Jacob Hoeck to Wessel Gansfort
- From the Letter in Reply to Jacob Hoeck by Wessel Gansfort
Chapter Three – Justification: Man’s Eternal Predestination
- Lectures on the Wisdom of Solomon by Robert Holcot
- The Cause of God Against the Pelagians by Thomas Bradwardine
- The Circumcision of the Lord by Gabriel Biel
- Eternal Predestination and its Execution in Time by Johann von Staupitz
Chapter Four – The Church
- The Church by Jan Hus
- Execrabilis by Pope Pius II
Chapter Five – The Eucharist
- The Celebration of the Mass by Cardinal Cajetan, Thomas De Vio
- Word and Sacrament by Sylvester Prierias
- A Most Christian Letter by Cornelisz Hoen
Chapter Six – Exegesis
- Introduction to Commentary on the Psalms, and
- Introduction to the Commentaries on Paul’s Letters by Jacobus Faber Stapulensis
- Laurentius Valla’s Annotations to the New Testament by Desiderius Erasmus
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Dr. Russell Moore concluded Heritage Week at SBTS today with a sermon titled: “Joseph of Nazareth Is a Single-Issue Evangelical: The Father of Jesus, the Cries of the Helpless, and Change You Can Believe In” (Matt. 2:13-23). As Boyce College Dean Denny Burk has commented: “In Southern Seminary’s chapel today, Russell Moore delivered one of the most prophetic pro-life messages I have ever heard.” Dr. Burk goes on to say,
One of the most poignant sections of the sermon comes when Moore makes a comparison between “Christians” of a former generation who tolerated the lynching of African-Americans and “Christians” of this generation who tolerate the atrocity of abortion:
“There are churches, and there are pastors, and there are young evangelical leaders who are saying to us, ‘We ought not be single-issue evangelicals. We ought to be concerned about more issues than simply abortion.’ Which means that we ought to be willing to join ourselves and to vote for and to support candidates who will support legalized abortion, who will deny the personhood of children who are still in the womb, because we are able to support them on other issues . . . Many of them are in a desperate quest to say to their congregations and to people potentially in their congregations, ‘I’m not Jerry Falwell.’ And many of them believe that it is missional to speak to people while blunting or silencing a witness about the life of children so that you can reach them with the gospel. . . Some will tell us there are many other issues: economics, global warming—issues I’m very concerned about too. Previous generations have said that as well. Previous generations of preachers have stood in the pulpit and preached until they were red in the face about card-playing and movie-going and tax-policy and personal morality and tobacco-smoking and a thousand other issues, but would not speak to the fact that there were African-American brothers and sisters of the Lord Jesus swinging in the trees! And there is judgment of God upon that. And there is here too.”
This is a message that needs to be distributed far and wide. I hope you will do so.
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This past Sunday I preached at Farmdale Baptist Church on James 3:1-12 on the tongue’s potential to condemn, power to control, and possibility to contradict. The MP3 is now available online. In this text James rebukes the capacity of humans to use the same lips to both praise God and curse men made in the image of God. Nothing depicts the incompatability of these two uses of language from the same tongue than the following short video produced by Desiring God. The video is simply titled “James 3.”
During this week’s World Impact Conference at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church, Pastor David Prince delivered a biographical lecture on Andrew Fuller. It is an excellent overview of Fuller’s life and ministry with practical application to those of us who have presently been called by God to stay behind (in regard to the task of World Missions).
Are the people who leave the comforts of home and family the only ones who suffer for the sake of The World Mission? What about those who stay? What about Andrew Fuller? A theologian who was willing to call men and women to repentance in a day when it was theologically uncouth. A pastor who was committed to cling to the truth of God’s word even when his congregation rejected it. A missionary so committed to the cause of Christ among the unreached that he would work himself to death mobilizing the church to support those who traveled abroad. Andrew Fuller, a faithful missionary, pastor theologian, suffered rope burn while launching the modern missions movement. Listen as Pastor David walks us through the life of Andrew Fuller.
The audio of this lecture is available for MP3 download here. I believe all readers of this blog will profit from this lecture.
At the beginning of the lecture, Pastor Prince mentions a book by Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin, namely: The Armies of the Lamb: The Spirituality of Andrew Fuller. This book includes a helpful biographical introduction followed by a great selection of Fuller’s letters which highlight his spirituality. I have written a brief recommendation of this book here. This recommendation examines the spirituality of Fuller’s letters with special reference to three specific emphases seen therein.
It is also worth noting that the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (a Center for which I serve as Research and Administrative Assistant to the Director, Michael Haykin) is engaged in producing a modern critical edition of the entire corpus of Andrew Fuller’s published and unpublished works by 2014. This edition will comprise fifteen volumes and will be published by Paternoster Press. For more on this project click here.