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Here I Stand, I Cannot Do Otherwise

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I’ve been re-reading Roland Bainton’s classic biography of Martin Luther, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. The depiction of Luther defying pope and emperor before the “Diet of Worms” (pp. 140–144) is one of my favorite literary passages of all time: The scene lends itself to dramatic portrayal. Here was … Read More »

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On the Merits of a PhD in Church History or Historical Theology

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Author’s note: This blog essay is revised from a two-part series first published in October 2011 at my personal website, Christian Thought & Tradition. I have updated it because I continue to receive emails from folks all over the world who are prayerfully considering research doctoral studies in church history … Read More »

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The Source of Abraham Lincoln’s Resolve

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I read this great piece recently from Abraham Lincoln: The Spiritual Growth of a Public Man, by Elton Trueblood, pp. 25-26: “When President Lincoln was at the lowest point of his grief, in the late winter of 1862, one visitor to the White House made a lasting difference. This was Dr. … Read More »

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Baptists and the Pilgrims

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For 18 days last month, Malcolm Yarnell (from Southwestern Seminary) and I had the privilege of taking a group of students on a study tour in England and Scotland. One of the highlights of the trip was visiting Gainsborough Hall in Lincolnshire, a meeting place built over 500 years ago. During the English … Read More »

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Book Announcement: The Community of Jesus

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In September, our friends at B&H Academic are publishing a book titled The Community of Jesus: A Theology of the Church, edited by Kendall Easley and Christopher Morgan. My SEBTS colleagues Andreas Köstenberger and Bruce Ashford are among the contributors. You can read what the publisher has to say about the … Read More »

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Book Review: Formed for the Glory of God

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Kyle Strobel, Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013). 192 pp. $16.00. Of the writing of books about Jonathan Edwards there is no end. Nearly every month it seems that at least one new book appears. Some of … Read More »

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Carl Henry and Baptist Identity

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These days, it seems as if everyone is talking about the late evangelical theologian Carl F. H. Henry (1913–2003). Greg Thornbury has authored a widely acclaimed new book titled Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F.H. Henry (Crossway, 2013). Thornbury, Collin Hansen, and John Starke recorded … Read More »

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Helpful Tips on Publishing Scholarly Monographs

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I need to begin this post with a caveat: I have never written a monograph. There are many reasons for this, chief among them my propensity toward distraction and boredom. Simply put, at this season in my life I can’t think of a single historical topic to which I want … Read More »

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Honoring “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

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HONORING “LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL By Mark Liederbach with Tom Iversen April 16th marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.” Many (including us) rank his letter as one of greatest pieces of American literature ever written.  It is at once a … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Was Hitler Ill?

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Was Hitler ill? You bet he was, but not in any sense that would exonerate him or make him less responsible for his actions. In a recent edition of London Review of Books, Richard J. Evans reviews Was Hitler Ill? by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle.[1] Neumann and Eberle survey … Read More »

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