Thomas Meredith and the Early Biblical Recorder: Two Articles

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Baptist periodicals published for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC). Thomas Meredith (1795-1850) was one of the patriarchs of North Carolina Baptists. He pastored two churches in eastern North Carolina, helped establish the state convention in 1830, and co-founded Wake Forest College (now University) in 1834. Meredith College in Raleigh is named in his honor.

In 1833 Meredith began publishing the Baptist Interpreter, which a year later was succeeded by the Biblical Recorder. The latter periodical remains the official denominational paper for the BSCNC to the present day. Along with Georgia’ Christian Index and Virginia’s Religious Herald, the Biblical Recorder has played a key role in shaping the identity and priorities of Southern Baptists on the Eastern Seaboard for the better part of two centuries.

In honor of this important anniversary, the BSCNC asked me to write two short, popular articles about Thomas Meredith and his tenure as editor of the Biblical Recorder. Both of those articles are now available at the state convention’s website (click here and here). I hope you will read the articles and learn about the man, his ministry, and the history of Baptists in North Carolina.

The Politics of Jesus

Last Thursday and Friday, David Nelson and I were among the six speakers at a conference titled The Politics of Jesus: Timeless Answers for Today’s Questions. The conference was hosted by the Council on Public Affairs of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Owen Strachan of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School live-blogged the event. He has compiled his posts, including my manuscript and Nelson’s notes, here. You may also listen to each message via podcast by going to the conference website.

Podcast with Between the Times

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina recently conducted an Insight Podcast with the contributors to Between the Times. You can read about the podcast here. To listen to the podcast, check out the Insight website. You will also find a number of other helpful podcasts available at Insight’s website. Those of us at Between the Times are grateful to the BSCNC for the opportunity to participate in the podcast.