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Volume 13, Issue 09

May 2015

‘The very picture of a blacksmith’: The life and legacy of Andrew Fuller

Andrew Fuller was an indefatigable and fearless Baptist theologian and minister, an outstanding figure with qualities that make him one of the most attractive figures in Baptist history. Michael A.G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality and director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary, provides a summary of…

Andrew Fuller’s Great Commission pastoral leadership a model for Southern Baptists

Andrew Fuller found himself at the forefront of an evangelical missionary awakening in the latter two decades of the 18th century. Following a generation marked by doctrinal declension, including the popularity of a spiritually stifling hyper-Calvinism, a growing number of English Particular Baptists were becoming convinced that the Bible calls every generation of believers to…

John Fawcett: Pastor, poet, patron, and friend

Among the colleagues and contemporaries of Andrew Fuller, Baptists can find much to admire in the ministry of John Fawcett. From a young age, Fawcett had a love for Scripture, but he became particularly enamored with George Whitefield when the great evangelist passed through Bradford in 1755 and spoke from John 3:14. Fawcett  later recalled, “As long…

Loving, teaching, and living God’s Word: Robert Vogel retires from Southern Seminary

From his childhood player piano to the pulpit, Robert Vogel has loved preaching for over 60 years. He cannot remember a time when he did not know that God had called him into ministry.   “As a first grader, I can remember coming home from church and I would go in my bedroom and I would…

Counseling as ‘Godward’ conversation: Pierre discusses new book

EDITOR’S NOTE: In what follows, Jeremy Pierre, dean of students and associate professor of biblical counseling, discusses his new book, The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need, with Towers writer RuthAnne Irvin. RAI: Why is a book like The Pastor and Counseling needed in churches today? Why is it important? JP: We wrote this book for…

Feature book review: ‘The Pastor and Counseling’

The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need, Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju Review by RuthAnne Irvin  The church often struggles to encourage, comfort, and counsel those hurting in the pews each Sunday. When pastors do not know how to help, counseling is more of a half-hearted attempt to fix someone’s problems instead of…

Reviews: ‘Baptists and War,’ ‘Spurgeon’s Sorrows,’ ‘Luther on the Christian Life,’ ‘Thomas Aquinas’

Baptists and War: Essays on Baptist and Military Conflict, 1640s-1990s, Gordon L. Heath and Michael A.G. Haykin Review by S. Craig Sanders “War is hell.” While Baptists have traditionally agreed with this statement, a new collection of essays examines the history of Baptists and military  conflict with views ranging from pacifism to participation. Baptists and War,…

Towers | May 2015