5 Baptist Distinctives

BaptistThree Baptist historians recently teamed up to write a textbook on Baptist history:

Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, and Michael A. G. Haykin. The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2015. 46-page PDF sample.

In the final chapter they unpack five Baptist distinctives:

  1. Regenerate church membership
  2. Believer’s baptism
  3. Congregational polity
  4. Local church autonomy
  5. Religious freedom

Here’s a six-minute interview with the authors:

See also Jason Duesing’s review.

Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Logic on Fire is a 100-minute documentary on “The Doctor,” David Martyn Lloyd-Jones.   

Here’s a 4-minute preview:

logicPeople the documentary interviews include Christopher Catherwood, Elizabeth Catherwood, Jonathan Catherwood, Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, John MacArthur, Jason Meyer, Iain Murray, R. C. Sproul, and Justin Taylor.

It also comes with over 4.5 hours of special features and a 128-page book. And you can watch some extra interview footage here.

My wife and I enjoyed watching the documentary. I read Carl Trueman’s review after I watched the documentary, and I agree with Carl.

The Life of David Brainerd: A Documentary by Joe Tyrpak


Joe Tyrpak recently produced an edifying 57-minute documentary called The Life of David Brainerd. It introduces the most influential book on missions in modern history—the most popular book authored by American’s greatest theologian, Jonathan Edwards. Joe also wrote a corresponding 44-page devotional. (If you order the DVD and devotional together, you save $2.)

Joe and I are close friends and accountability partners. He pastors Tri-County Bible Church in Madison, Ohio, and he is currently finishing his Doctor of Ministry in Applied Theology at Southern Seminary. His DMin thesis is on David Brainerd.

Joe’s a great guy, and his documentary is well done. My family enjoyed watching it together.

Joe did his homework. The people he interviewed include Ken Minkema and Doug Sweeney, both scholars on Jonathan Edwards. (He briefly interviewed me as well regarding spirituality, but the Edwards scholars are particularly helpful.)

Historian Nathan Finn reviewed the documentary very positively for the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS.

Update on 8/18/2015: Here’s a trailer (3:19 min.):

John Calvin Had 300 Books in His Personal Library

Calvin“Calvin’s personal library has been estimated at three hundred to three hundred fifty volumes; after his death, his heirs sold the majority of the books to Geneva’s magistrates for inclusion in the library of the Academy.”

—Scott M. Manetsch, Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536–1609, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 222.

When I read that, I recalled how I concluded a review article in 2006: [Read more…]

A Model of How to Critique a Theological Giant: Ortlund on Edwards

EdwardsThe title of this book’s final chapter is “Four Criticisms”:

Dane C. Ortlund. Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God. Theologians on the Christian Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.

Ortlund qualifies,

Jonathan Edwards is way out ahead of me, and probably you, both in living and in theologizing on the Christian life. But the student, standing on the teacher’s shoulders, may on occasion glimpse something the teacher doesn’t. Cautiously, we proceed. (p. 178)

Ortlund unpacks four criticisms (my paraphrases): [Read more…]

David Bebbington Reviews “Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism”

Several years ago Collin Hansen and I coedited a debate-book on evangelicalism.

David Bebbington’s famous quadrilateral features prominently in our book (cf. pp. 70, 73, 75, 95, 106, 119, 121, 122, 128, 151, 153, 157, 169–76, 182, 188, 196, 209–10), so I was eager to see what Bebbington thinks of our book in his review. I read his review in December 2012, and I’ve been checking regularly since then for this review to become available online. It’s now available as a PDF:

David W. Bebbington. “About the Definition of Evangelicalism . . . .Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals 83 (2012): 1–6.

Overall, his review is favorable and generous. I’m grateful.