The Spring (yes I know it is Summer already!) issue of Eusebeia: The Bulletin of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is almost finished being edited and will be available soon. The following is the list of articles in the upcoming journal. All but two articles were presented at last years Annual Conference.
“A GREAT THIRST FOR READING”: ANDREW FULLER THE THEOLOGICAL READER by MICHAEL A.G. HAYKIN
ANDREW FULLER: HEIR OF THE REFORMATION by JEFFREY K. JUE
JOHN OWEN AND ANDREW FULLER by CARL R. TRUEMAN
ANDREW FULLER’S READING OF JOHN GILL by BARRY HOWSON
THE INFLUENCE OF JONATHAN EDWARDS ON ANDREW FULLER by THOMAS J. NETTLES
SENSE OF THE HEART: JONATHAN EDWARDS’ LEGACY IN THE WRITING OF ANDREW FULLER by CHRIS CHUN
CHRIST’S ABSOLUTE DETERMINATION TO SAVE: ANDREW FULLER AND PARTICULAR REDEMPTION by JEREMY PITTSLEY
ANDREW FULLER’S ORDINATION SERMONS by NIGEL WHEELER
THE LETTERS OF JOHN ERSKINE TO THE RYLANDS by JONATHAN YEAGER
For more information about receiving this issue, subscribing to Eusebeia, or attending this year’s conference (August 25-26, 2008 at SBTS) then contact Steve Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is well known that Humble Attempt helped spark the missionary movement when John Ryland Jr. received a parcel of books from John Erskine in 1784. Ryland, fully aware of the esteem in which Fuller and Sutcliff held Edwards, swiftly send them the books and thereby changed missions history. The secondary literatures have recognized the influence of Humble Attempt on the Prayer Call of 1784, but few have seen the role that Edwards’s eschatological optimism played in driving the British missionary enterprise. Edwards’s thinking about the end of the world depended on his interpretation of the slaying of the witnesses in Revelation 11. Some thought this implied a coming catastrophe for the church, but Edwards argued for the exact opposite in order to promote the Concert of Prayer. Edwards feared that if the slaying of the witnesses were a future event yet to be fulfilled, it would be a great “hindrance” for the Concert. Instead Edwards argued for an unprecedented outpouring of the Spirit of God, and a time when the whole world would embrace the light of the gospel, with Christ’s kingdom victorious against the dark world. Fuller also saw the ransacked days of the church as a thing of the past, for he interpreted the French Revolution as a crucial sign that that shook the “papal world to its centre.” The fact that Humble Attempt was reprinted in 1789, when the Revolution began, seemed to confirm the optimistic Edwardsean eschatology which Fuller adopted. Although Fuller did not stress immediacy in the way Edwards did, both believed the latter days would be publicly discernible, and that the current ascendancy of Protestantism, coupled with diminishing papal authority in Europe and America, were evidence of fulfillment of apocalyptic forecasts in the Book of Revelation. This optimistic eschatological outlook encouraged Fuller and motivated those in Northamptonshire to pray more fervently. It became the groundwork for courage to engage in rigorous foreign missions. In describing the 1789 edition of the Humble Attempt, Fuller speaks about “how much this publication contributed to that tone of feeling” and gave the confidence to “venture,” and face their “fear” in taking on a missionary task of “such magnitude.” He adds, “I cannot say; but it doubtless had a very considerable influence on [BMS].” In such a setting, it is not surprising that William Carey was able to find confident expectation in propagating the success of the Great Commissions to the church, and thus coined his famous phrase, “Attempt great things for God; Expect great things from God.” It could therefore be reckoned that while Edwards and Fuller may have been mistaken about their interpretations of the apocalyptic particulars in the history of the world, but there is no doubt behind the formation of BMS in general, and Fuller’s view in particular that this was the worldview that fuelled the global missions. For good or ill, it is in this eschatological climate, that BMS and the Modern Missionary Movement was born.
– Chris Chun –
I received the following news from Chris Chun, member of The Elephant of Kettering blog:
He has finally submitted his PhD dissertation (260 pages). The thesis is entitled: “The Greatest Instruction Received from Human Writings: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards in the Theology of Andrew Fuller.” The only thing left is the oral defense (viva) of his thesis, which is scheduled in June of 2008. To add to this great news, he has been appointed professor of Church History at Golden Gate Theological Seminary in San Francisco, CA.
Many congratulations to this excellent up and coming Church historian and Fuller lover!
The Liam Goligher Lectures are available online now from the annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies conferece held in Cambridge, ON on Saturday.
The Emergent Church: Reinventing Liberalism
Preaching the Cross Today
See blog reviews by Michael Haykin and Kirk Wellum.
Announcing the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Annual Canadian conference being held in Cambridge, ON on April 5, 2008.
Dr. Liam Goligher will be speaking twice that day on two very important topics in theology today:
Emergent: Reinventing Liberalism?
Pierced for our Transgressions: Preaching the Cross Today
The lectures will begin at 9:30 AM and will conclude by 12:15 PM. They are being held at Grace Bible Church. There is no cost for the lectures but we will be taking a love offering to help cover the costs of the lectures. Sola Scriptura Ministries International will be having a book table there selling affordable Reformed literature. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at allen.mickle.jr [at] gmail.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE SEE THE LECTURE FLYER AVAILABLE HERE.
Liam Goligher is Senior Minister of Duke Street Church, Richmond, London. He studied at Irish Baptist College, Belfast; University of Waterloo, Ontario; and Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi and has pastored churches in Ireland, Canada, Scotland, and London. A regular at the UK’s Keswick Convention and at similar conventions throughout the world, Dr. Goligher has led University missions in the UK and Europe and his Sunday sermons can be heard throughout the UK on Premier Radio.
Greetings friends of Fuller!
I wanted to keep you abreast of some Fuller news…
First, with some slight changes, this next issue of Eusebeia: The Bulletin of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies will be dedicated to Andrew Fuller. Instead of the issue on the Puritans (which has been moved to the Fall 2008 issue) this coming issue (Spring 2008) will have many of the papers that were presented at last years Fuller conference that was held at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a few others that were not. So, if you are a fan of Fuller, look forward to this coming issue with articles by Tom Nettles, Barry Howson, Jeff Jue, Carl Trueman, and Russ Moore amongst others!
Second, if you are anywhere near the Chicago area on March 28-29 be sure to visit the Midwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society being held at the Moody Bible Institute. On Friday at 11:00 AM, yours truly, will be presenting a paper titled, “‘To Declare the Whole Counsel of God’: Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) on Preaching.” I do hope at least a handful of people will attend! If you are unable to attend the conference presentation, I will be planning on seeking publication for the article in the near future and will keep you all informed.
Blessings to you all!
Friends of Fuller rejoice! It was just our good friend, Andrew Fuller’s, 254 birthday yesterday. Fuller was born on February 5, 1754. Let us continue to celebrate and remember the influence that this man of God had in his own time and that he continues to have today! Happy Birthday Andrew Fuller!