“The Church of Christ, who upon Confession of Faith have bin Baptised”: Hercules Collins and Baptist Ecclesiology

This afternoon (November 19th) at 4:30 PM, I will present a paper titled: “The Church of Christ, who upon Confession of Faith have bin Baptised”: Hercules Collins and Baptist Ecclesiology (PDF) at the 66th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in San Diego, California. The paper is part of the Puritan Study Group which has an annual slot at ETS featuring paper on, you guessed it, Puritans and Puritanism. The theme of the annual meeting this year is Ecclesiology and the Puritan Study Group chose to focus on the topic: “A House Divided: Competing Views of Puritan Ecclesiology.” Below is the schedule for the session. I’m not sure if they saved the best ecclesiology for last or the worse paper. Either way, my paper wraps up the session beginning at 4:30 PM.

2:00 PM-5:10 PM
A House Divided: Competing
Views of Puritan Ecclesiology
Room: Towne
(Redeemer Seminary)

2:00 PM—2:40 PM
(The Davenant Trust)
What Makes a ‘Puritan’? Hooker,
Ussher, and English Reformed

2:50 PM—3:30 PM
(University of the Free State)
“The (True?) Gospel Coalition”:
English Presbyterianism in Puritan

3:40 PM—4:20 PM
(Redeemer Seminary)
The Primitive Institution of Christ’s
Church: Thomas Goodwin and
Congregational Polity

4:30 PM—5:10 PM
(Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies)
“The Church of Christ, who upon
Confession of Faith have bin
Baptised”: Hercules Collins and
Baptist Ecclesiology

You can download a copy of the paper I will present here (PDF) and you can order the audio here.

Practical Lessons from the Reformation (Conference Audio)

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This past weekend I was privileged to speak at the 16th Annual Reformation Day Conference at Reformed Bible Church near Rutland, Vermont. It was indeed an honor to preach to this gracious and hospitable congregation. The theme for the conference was “Practical Lessons from the Reformation” and the individual sessions are listed below with links to the MP3 audio for download or online listening.

10/25/12  Session 1: “Reformation and the Word of God” (MP3)

10/26/12  Session 2: “The Word in the Church” (MP3)

10/27/12  Session 3: “The Word in the Home – Marriage” (MP3)

10/27/12  Session 4: “The Word in the Home – Children” (MP3)

10/28/12  Session 5: “By Grace Alone” (MP3)

10/28/12  Session 6: “By Faith Alone” (MP3)

Details on this Year’s J.H. Spencer Historical Society Meeting

J.H. Spencer Historical Society Annual Meeting
November 14, 2011, 10:00 am.
Florence Baptist Church, Room E-141
642 Mt. Zion Rd.
Florence, KY 41042

This year’s speakers include:

  • Jim Duvall, Editor,  Baptist History Homepage – “The Early Baptists of Northern Kentucky
  • Steve Weaver, Pastor, Farmdale Baptist Church –  “Ambrose Dudley (1752-1825): A Forgotten Founder of Kentucky Baptists

* * *  Everyone is invited to attend. * * *

The annual meeting of the J.H. Spencer Historical Society is always held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention on the morning before the Pastor’s Conference.  You can join the J.H. Spencer Historical Society for 1 year for $10 or for 2 years at $17. Benefits of membership include the fellowship with others who are interested in Baptist History, periodic updates, a printed journal and other Baptist literature, as well as the advance announcements of future events. Membership in the JHSHS is open to all who are interested in promoting our Kentucky Baptist heritage and preserving our historic distinctives.

Audio of Dr. Haykin’s Lectures at Farmdale Baptist Church

Yesterday at Farmdale Baptist Church, we had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin. Dr. Haykin serves as professor of Christian history and Biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  He also serves as the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary (in which I serve as his Research and Administrative Assistant).  Dr. Haykin gave three lectures/messages yesterday and you can access the audio below:

Podcast Interview with Dr. Haykin about “Baptists and the Cross”

I recently had the opportunity to record a series of podcasts with Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin.  The first of these is attached to this post.  It focuses on the Center’s upcoming conference“Baptists and the Cross:  Contemporary and Historical Perspectives”.  Forthcoming podcasts will feature a discussion of Dr. Haykin’s upcoming book The Empire of the Holy Spirit and an interview by Dr. Haykin with Dr. Stephen Wellum about his upcoming presentation at our conference on “Baptism and Crucicentrism”.

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“Baptists and the Cross” AFCBS Conference

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 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

Reflections on Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism”

Union University has earned a reputation of providing the venue for important conversations in Southern Baptist life.  Previous conferences have focused on important issues of Southern Baptist identity and this year’s conference on Southern Baptist, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism may well prove to be another significant marker in the current developments in the Southern Baptist Convention.

There was a diversity of speakers from a various backgrounds speaking on different topics, but I believe a unified message emerged from this important gathering.  Southern Baptists and Evangelicals share common beliefs and characteristics, but they have a distinct identity.  We must be willing to collaborate with Evangelicals in those areas in which we agree, while maintaining our Baptist distinctives.  The future of the Southern Baptist Convention depends on maintaining a balance between confessional uniformity on one hand, and methodological diversity on the other.  The speakers were not optimistic based on the current state of things, but were hopeful based upon the goodness of God.  The future of the Southern Baptist Convention will be determined by this next generation who must become committed to their local churches and must believe that the Convention is the best means of fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you can’t listen to all of the presentations and if you’re interested in this topic, listen to the following five presentations:  Ed StetzerDanny AkinDavid DockeryNathan Finn, and Albert Mohler.  These lectures provide helpful perspective and suggestions for the current opportunity in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Other excellent presentations were those by Timothy George (on “The Faith, My Faith, and the Church’s Faith”) and Ray Van Neste (on “The Oversight of Souls: Pastoral Ministry in Southern Baptist and Evangelical Life”).  The other lectures were also helpful in their place, but these were the highlights for me personally.

Some of the best application of the themes sounded in this conference were made appropriately on the last day of the conference by Nathan Finn (see my summary of Finn’s presentation here) and Albert Mohler.  They issued independent, but eerily similar calls for the rising generation of Southern Baptists.  Finn argued that Southern Baptists must pass on the faith through catechesis (teaching the doctrines) and through telling the story of our Baptist heroes.  Mohler gave an impassioned plea to the conference attendees, but especially to the young university audience to rise up and take the responsibility for the future of the Southern Baptist Convention.  If Southern Baptists hear and heed these calls the future for the Southern Baptist Convention may be bright indeed.  As David Dockery concluded his presentation, “Let us begin moving from handwringing to hopefulness. Let’s work together to advance the gospel, to trust God to bring forth fruit from our labors resulting in renewal to the churches, enabling new partnerships with networks and structures, creating a faithfulness to our denominations, our denominational heritage, and our denominational entities, all for the good of the churches, the extension of God’s kingdom on earth, and for the eternal glory of our great God.”


Conference Audio

Trevin Wax’s Summaries

Doug Baker of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger on “Stetzer’s Warrior Children”

Jim Smith of the Florida Baptist Witness on Danny Akin’s Presentation

Tim Ellsworth’s Article on David Dockery’s Address