Andrew Fuller Series From Gospel Worthy

Evan Burns, on his blog Gospel Worthy, has posted several, little, blog series highlighting the writings of Andrew Fuller:

Evan Burns is an ordained minister of the gospel, and works for Training Leaders International (TLI).  He has served in the Middle East and East Asia, and he and his family now live in Southeast Asia as TLI Missionaries where he is on faculty at Asia Biblical Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University.  He is currently researching the spirituality of Andrew Fuller under the supervision of Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin.

 

Recruiting Pastor: 3 Ways Andrew Fuller Requested The Help Of His Congregation In Evangelism

andrew fuller ovalRyan Patrick Hoselton, at Historia ecclesiastica, list three ways Andrew Fuller requested the help of his congregation in evangelism:

In 1806, he wrote a letter to believers entitled, The Pastor’s Address to His Christian Hearers, Entreating Their Assistance In Promoting the Interest of Christ. He asked for help to promote the gospel, and pastors today can learn from his recruiting methods.

1. He aimed to convince his congregation that evangelism was their mission too

2. Fuller made his congregants aware that their involvement in the Christian mission was necessary for the continuation of churches

3. Fuller not only entreated their assistance for the mission but he also equipped them for it

Read the post.

Fuller’s Missiology: Dustin Benge Interviews Evan Burns On Gospel Worthy

andrew fullerDustin Benge, at Historia ecclesiastica, Interviews Evan Burns about his new blog Gospel Worthy. It is a blog, “dedicated to the SPIRITUALITY & MISSIOLOGY of Andrew Fuller, and his legacy”.

Part one of the interview covers the following questions:

1. How and when were you first introduced to Andrew Fuller?

2. What do you see as the central theme running through Fuller’s missiology?

Part two covers:

1. How does Fuller’s personal spirituality impact his public gospel witness?

2. What contribution do you think Fuller’s theology of mission can make upon a new generation of missionaries?

3. What is the mission of your blog, “Gospel Worthy”?

Conclusion:

“Please visit Gospel Worthy often and feast from the words of Fuller as he helps us understand how our call to the Christian mission must flow out of a Christ-centered spirituality.”

Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology

Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral TheologyKeith Grant’s has a new book entitled Andrew Fuller and the Evangelical Renewal of Pastoral Theology (Paternoster, 2013).

This is the latest addition to Paternoster’s acclaimed series Studies in Baptist History and Thought. It is the third volume in the series dedicated to Fuller; earlier contributions were made by Peter Morden (Offering Christ to the World: Andrew Fuller 1754 – 1815 and the Revival of Eighteenth Particular Baptist Life) and Michael Haykin (At the Pure Fountain of Thy Word: Andrew Fuller as an Apologist).

Description:

An exploration of the pastoral theology of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) suggests that evangelical renewal did not only take place alongside the local church – missions, itinerancy, voluntary societies – but also within the congregation as the central tasks of dissenting pastoral ministry became, in the words of one diarist, ‘very affecting and evangelical’.

How did evangelicalism transform dissenting and Baptist churches in the eighteenth century? Is there a distinctively congregational expression of evangelicalism? And what contribution has evangelicalism made to pastoral theology? renewal did not only take place alongside the local church – missions, itinerancy, voluntary societies – but also within the congregation as dissenting pastoral ministry became, in the words of one diarist, ‘very affecting and evangelical’.

Endorsements:

This solidly researched and clearly developed study rescues an important eighteenth-century evangelical leader from undeserved obscurity. Andrew Fuller was the key figure in delivering English Baptists and a wider circle of nonconforming Protestants from the intellectual dead-ends and spiritual immobilization of rigorously high Calvinism. Keith Grant’s investigation of key terms like affections, voluntarism, and congregational ecclesiology shows how important Fuller’s pastoral theology was in turning evangelicals outward to the world and for giving them spiritual confidence in the converting power of the Gospel. This is a very good book on a very important turning point in Baptist and Calvinist history.

Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

In this lucid and learned study, Keith Grant explains how Andrew Fuller, one of the leading English Baptists of his generation, developed “affecting and evangelical” principles of pastoral theology in order to advance heartfelt piety in the church. Anyone interested in the history of Anglo-American evangelicalism will want to read this book.

Thomas S. Kidd, Associate Professor of History, Baylor University

In this book Keith Grant shows that Andrew Fuller was a creative writer of pastoral theology, forging a fresh understanding of ministry for his age. It was Fuller’s achievement to reconcile the ordering of Dissenting congregations with the imperatives of Evangelical Revival.

David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling, Scotland

Details:

[via Christian Thought & Tradition]

Andrew Fuller & His Friends Conference

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The audio is now available from the 6th Andrew Fuller Conference, “Andrew Fuller & His Friends.” Here is what the conference was all about:

It is not every Baptist theologian who has a movement named after him, but Andrew Fuller was so important a theologian that historians of the church actually talk about a perspective called “Fullerism.” Fuller’s views, though, were not the product of simply his own theological reflection, but were formulated by him in dialogue with a close circle of friends and subsequent joint action with these friends, especially in missionary endeavors. This year The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is thrilled to devote its annual conference to thinking about Fuller’s friends: their lives and ministries and how they shaped and were shaped by Fuller, whom later generations called “the elephant of Kettering”-a reference to his weighty theological influence. Come and join us this September as we spend time and energy in thinking about a past Christian thinker and his circle of friends whose influence for good and for the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus has been enormous.

And here are the audios: