Witnesses to the Baptist Heritage: Thirty Baptists Every Christian Should Know

Witnesses to the Baptist Heritage: Thirty Baptists Every Christian Should Know

by Michael E. Williams Sr.


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Witnesses to the Baptist Heritage: Thirty Baptists Every Christian Should Know by Michael E. Williams Sr.

Baptists lack a single central figure in their origins that Lutherans, Reformed, Presbyterians, and Methodists have with Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and John Wesley. Additionally, Baptists focus so heavily on the Bible for authority and key beliefs or practices like religious liberty, social justice, missions, and preaching that sometimes Baptists and other Christians forget the significant role that people play in forging and promoting those ideas and practices. This book seeks to address this shortcoming by providing an introductory text of Baptist biographies. Certainly shorter than a full-length biography but definitely longer than an encyclopedia article, this sampling of key Baptist leaders through the years view the story of Baptists through a biographical lens while linking these women and men to a key Baptist distinctive. A short suggested reading list is added at the end of each chapter to enhance further study. Highlighted Baptist leaders include: Thomas Helwys, John Clarke, Benjamin Keach, Anne Dutton, Shubal Stearns, Isaac Backus, Dan Taylor, Andrew Fuller, John Leland, William Carey, Lott Carey, Adoniram Judson, J. Gerhard Oncken, I. T. Tichenor, Robert Cooke Buckner, Charles H. Spurgeon, Lottie Moon, E. C. Morris, E. Y. Mullins, Walter Rauschenbusch, Helen Barrett Montgomery, George W. Truett, William Owen Carver, James Henry Rushbrooke, Nannie Helen Burroughs, B. B. McKinney, Thomas Buford Maston, Herschel H. Hobbs, Henlee Barnette, and Gardner C. Taylor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881465488
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Series: The James N. Griffith Endowed Series in Baptist Studies Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael E. Williams, Sr. is professor of History at Dallas Baptist University. He is the coeditor of TURNING POINTS IN BAPTIST HISTORY published by Mercer University Press (2008) and author of I. T. TICHENOR AND THE CREATION OF THE BAPTIST NEW SOUTH published by the University of Alabama Press (2005).

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael E. (Mike) Williams ix

Thomas Helwys (c. 1575-c. 1614), Witness to Church and State, Freedom of Conscience John Inscore Essick 1

John Clarke (1609-1676), Global Shaper of Religious Freedom, Religious Liberty Bruce Gourley 8

Benjamin Keach (1640-1704), Worship Innovator, Ministry Randall Bradley 16

Anne Dutton (1692-1765), Contemplative Baptist Spiritual Director, Ministry Michael D. Sciretti 24

Shubal Stearns (1706-1771), Southern Evangelist Extraordinaire, Evangelism Scott Bryant 31

Isaac Backus (1726-1806), Champion of Religious Liberty, Religious Liberty David Holcomb 38

Dan Taylor (1738-1816), Apostle of God's Free Grace, Evangelism Michael Dain 44

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), Guardian of Gospel Proclamation, Missions Sheila Klopfer 50

John Leland (1756-1841), Preacher, Patriot, Baptist Freedom Fighter, Religious Freedom Brad Creed 58

William Carey (1761-1834), Father of the Modern Mission Movement, Missions Terry Carter 66

Lott Carey (c. 1780-1828), Father of African-American Missions, Missions Bonnie Oliver Brandon 73

Adoniram Judson (1788-1854), American Baptist Bridge to the World, Missions Delane Tew 79

Johann Gerhard Oncken (1800-1884), Catalyst of European Church Planting Movement, Missions Gregory Nichols 87

Isaac Taylor Tichenor (1825-1902), Father of Cooperative Baptist Missions, Missions Michael E. (Mike) Williams 93

Robert Cooke Buckner (1833-1919), Father of Social Christianity, Social Justice Karen O'Dell Bullock 100

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), Baptist Prince of Preachers, Preaching Todd von Helms 108

Lottie Moon (1840-1912), Pioneer Missionary and Southern Baptist "Saint," Missions Melody Maxwell 114

E. C. Morris (1855-1922), Trailblazer for Racial Equality, Social Justice Pamela R. Durso 121

E. Y. Mullins (1860-1928), Guardian of Voluntary Faith, Freedom of Conscience Douglas Weaver 128

Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918), Pioneer of the Social Gospel, Social Justice Glenn Jonas 136

Helen Barrett Montgomery (1861-1934), Apostle of "Woman's Work for Woman," Missions Kendal Mobley 143

George W. Truett (1867-1944), Preacher to Preachers, Preaching Keith Durso 150

William Owen Carver (1868-1954), Theologian for a New Era, Theology Mark Wilson 157

James Henry Rushbrooke (1870-1947), Baptist Peacemaker, Religious Freedom Karen O'Dell Bullock 162

Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879-1962), Voice for Gender Equality, Social Justice Pamela R. Durso 169

B. B. McKinney (1886-1952), The People's Musician, Ministry Randall Bradley 176

Thomas Buford Maston (1897-1988), Southern Baptist Pioneer in Race Relations, Social Justice Michael E. (Mike) Williams 183

Herschel H. Hobbs (1907-1995), Conservative Advocate for Denominational Unity, Theology Jerry Faught 189

Henlee Barnette (1911-2004), Baptist Activist for Love, and Justice, Social Justice Aaron Weaver 195

Gardner Taylor (1918-2015), Poet Laureate of Preaching, Preaching Kelly Pigott 203

List of Contributors 210

Notes 213

Index 233

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