Being Baptist: Reflections on a History Audio Now Online – AFCBS Conference Feat. Michael Haykin

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On June 1, 2013, Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin led a conference on the theme of “Being Baptist: Reflections on a History” at Sovereign Grace Community Church in Sarnia, Ontario.

Conference Audio Now Online:

Where did Baptists come from?:

Baptists and the challenge of the age of reason:

Revival and the Baptists in the 18th century:

Samuel Pearce: a Baptist hero:

Sep. 27-28, 2013 Andrew Fuller & His Controversies Conference: The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies 7th Annual Conference

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Andrew Fuller & His Controversies

Theological controversy is a perennial feature of the life of God’s people in this world. At such times, the church is best served by doughty and winsome champions of the truth. Such a man was Andrew Fuller, who, though he engaged heartily with numerous theological issues of his day, never lost his love for those whom he opposed and defended the truth with winsomeness. Our conference this year explores the various challenges to biblical Christianity that Fuller tackled with the goal that we might be better equipped to serve God in our generation. Come and join us then as we listen to and learn from a great theological apologist.

Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin
Director, Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies

Registration is now open. More details here.



Andrew Fuller Conference Schedule (September 27-28, 2013; Louisville, KY):

Friday, September 27

8:30 am  Plenary session 1: Hyper-Calvinism (Paul Helm)

10:00 am Plenary session 2: Antinomianism (Mark Jones)

11:30 am Plenary session 3: Arminianism (Chris Holmes)

1:00 pm Lunch

Parallel Sessions 3:00 pm–4:30 pm

Session A (Chair: Dustin Benge)

  1. “Andrew Fuller Controversy with Abraham Booth over Figurative Imputation” (Chris Chun)
  2. Controversy with John Martin (Dustin Bruce)

Session B (Chair: Steve Weaver)

  1. “When Toleration becomes Persecution: Andrew Fuller and the Defense of Missions” (Paul Brewster)
  2. “William Vidler & Andrew Fuller: Correspondence, Conviction, and Controversy” (Roger Duke)

Session C (Chair: Cody McNutt)

  1. “Andrew Fuller and the Dublin Controversy (1804-1805)” (Michael A.G. Haykin)
  2. “Andrew Fuller’s Critique of Robert Robinson of Cambridge (1735-1790)” (Jeongmo Yoo)

7:30 pm Plenary Session 4: Socinianism (Tom Nettles)

Late night dessert fellowship

Saturday, September 28

8:30 am  Plenary session 5: Post-millennial eschatology (Crawford Gribben)

10:00 am Plenary session 6: Deism (Ryan West)

11:30 am Lunch

1:15 pm Plenary session 7: The communion question (Ian Clary)

2:30 pm Plenary Session 8: Sandemanianism (Nathan Finn)

3:30 pm A concluding word (Michael A.G. Haykin)

Christian History Lectures by Michael Haykin & Joe Harrod [Audio]

The following are audio files from course lectures given at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary by Michael A. G. Haykin and a PhD. student, Joe Harrod. They were recorded and placed online with their permission. The lectures cover Saturday, August 7, through Wednesday, August 11, 2010. There was no recording of Friday’s lectures. 

Course Description: This in-depth study of the theological and literary history of the Patristic and the early Mediæval Church takes the student from the end of the Apostolic era (c.100 A.D.) up to the response of John of Damascus to Islam in the mid-eighth century. Special attention is given to the development of the doctrine of the Trinity, the relationship of church and culture, and Christian spirituality.

Lectures include:

  • Letter To Diognetus 1 & 2, Gnosticism, Iranaeus
  • Montanism & Tertullian,Tertullian 1 & 2
  • Constantine 1 & 2, Monasticism
  • Athanasius, Arianism, And The Council Of Nacaea
  • Basil Of Caesarea 1 & 2
  • Intro To Augustine
  • An Overview Of Augustine’s Confessions (Joe Harrod)
  • Spirituality In Augustine’s Confessions (Joe Harrod)
  • The Fall Of The Western Roman Empire
  • Jerome & Augustine’s Response To The Fall Of Rome
  • Leo I And The Emergence Of The Papacy
  • Patrick, Ireland, And The Celtic Church
  • The Rise Of Islam And The Response Of John Of Damascus

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Living, Preaching, Serving Like Our Forefathers – Thabiti Anyabwile & Michael Haykin

Over at the Pure Church blog, Pastor Anyabwile writes:

Michael Haykin, in his book Rediscovering Our English Baptist Heritage: Kiffin Knollys & Keach Rediscovering English Baptist HeritageKiffin, Knollys, and Keach, provides a valuable, crisp overview of the early years of Calvinistic Baptist development.  Anyone looking for a quick read of this history (97 pages) and an introduction to the major figures pioneering the movement would do well to read this well-written, succinct summary.


Of the many things I appreciated about Haykin’s summary was the frequent attention he gave to the major lessons we may appropriate from these forebears for our own day.  The concluding chapter draws our attention to three lessons in particular.

    1. Confessional Heritage
    2. Congregational Heritage
    3. Reformed Heritage

Read or listen to a readout [7 min.]

Samuel Pearce’s Piety: Summary & Blog Series by Evan Burns + More From Nettles & Haykin

After a 3-part blog series on the life of Samuel Pearce, Evan Burns at Gospel Worthy wrote the following summary:

PEARCE, Samuel

(1766-1799), was born on July 20, 1766, in Plymouth.  His father, William Pearce (d. 1805) was a silversmith and a deacon of the Baptist church in Plymouth.  In 1792, the Spirit of God regenerated Pearce’s heart under the preaching of Isaiah Birt (1758-1837).  A year later, he was baptized on his seventeenth birthday (July 20, 1783), and he became a member of the congregation in Plymouth.

At nineteen years old, Pearce received a call from his church to pursue ministry of the Word, and he studied at Bristol Baptist Academy from August, 1786 to May 1789.  He quietly consecrated himself to faithfully study and prepare for the ministry.  His piety was described as “serious, industrious, docile, modest, and unassuming” (Works, III, 370).  Redemption themes were the roots of his zealous spirituality.  “Christ crucified was his darling theme, from first to last” (Works, III, 431).  He was clearly heavenly-minded, and he saw every experience as a window of the soul through which he would look for foreshadows of heaven.  Pearce’s friendships were built around a “kindred piety” (Works, III, 372).

While ministering at Cannon Street Baptist Church in Birmingham (1789-1799) Pearce burned with affection for God. “The governing principle in Mr. Pearce, beyond all doubt, was holy love” (Works, III, 429).  His hunger for God was commonly expressed in such sentiments: “I want more heart religion; I want a more habitual sense of the Divine presence; I want to walk with God as Enoch walked” (Works, III, 372).  His heart was enflamed with missionary zeal because of the beauty he beheld in the cross.  Pearce was most enthralled with God when he was most active for God.  Having been disallowed by the Baptist Missionary Society to serve as a missionary in India, his piety revealed a “singular submissiveness to the will of God” (Works, III, 392) as he contentedly stayed home to preach and promote the mission.  He encouraged a joyful embrace, not a glum acquiescence, of God’s mysterious providence.  The sovereignty of God was not merely a soteriological doctrine; it was the kindling of his piety.

Pearce died an early death, and being impressed with this young man’s unabated holy affections for God, Andrew Fuller wrote his memoirs.  “Like Elijah, he has left the ‘chariot of Israel,’ and ascended as in a ‘chariot of fire;’ but not without having first communicated of his eminently Christian spirit.  Oh that a double portion of it may rest upon us” (Works, III, 368).

For Further Reading:  Andrew Fuller, Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Pearce (Works, III, 368–446).

(Above suggested reading can be downloaded via a FREE e-book here or here. Can also be purchased from Amazon here or here.)
Here is the blog series:

Islam by Michael Haykin [Audio]

There were Arabs at Pentecost

 There was evidence of Christianity in the Arabian Peninsula

 We know that Christianity went west, but forget it also went as far as India

 Muhammad’s source of Christianity was probably mostly from the Church Of Syria

–        Two Tier Christianity ‘monks’ and ‘nuns’ and common people.

–        He also encountered a Christianity from Axum, the Kingdom of Axum crossed over to Yemen and planted Christianity there.

–        He knew both versions of Christianity.

–         Syriac Christianity exalted celibacy, and was divided on the incarnation.

–        Axumite Kingdom was regarded as an alien religion.

 Arabs generally remained polytheistic

 Muhammad would engage in conversation with Syriac monks.

 610 Muhammad has a vision where The Angel Gabriel visited him calling him to be The Last Prophet

–        There is one true God

–        Main attributes are omnipotence, omniscience and stresses his transcendence

–        It’s a monotrous religion

–        There is no idea of God suffering in Islam

Muslims believe Muhammad is the seal of the prophets.

 Muslims believe Christianity has been abrogated by Islam.

The New Testament came about in a world that deeply valued literacy, the Quran comes in a world that is by and large illiterate. There is no evidence of pre-Islamic Arabic writing. The Quran would transform that, it would turn Arabs into a people passionate about literacy.

 Early Muslims conquests were religiously motivated.

 The power of religion, and religious convictions are a very deep motivator – we should recognize this even as Christians.

 The Quran does urge Muslims to be gentle in the presentation of Muhammad’s teachings; there is however, no doubt that violence is also present.

 The successor of Muhammad is Abu Bakr followed by a series of Caliphs, political leaders for the Muslim community.

 Byzantine was Christian, Sassanian Empire was Zoroastrian –

Muslims were drawn into conflict with both of the empires. Would obliterate the Sassanian Empire, and take large chunks of the Byzantine.

 Islam fractures after the death of the last caliph; Shia, and Sunni…

 Alexandria, Damascus, Antioch, all fell to Islamic hands – all  were Christian theological centers.

Leaving Rome alone to make the claims that they were the mother church.

 Islam had an appeal – its simplicity – there is One God and Muhammad is his prophet.

 The Trinity is a great area of complexity; and our great prophet is God & Man

“Being Baptist” – AFCBS Conference in Sarnia, Ontario on June 1, 2013 Feat. Michael Haykin


On June 1, 2013, Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin will be leading a conference on the theme of “Being Baptist: Reflections on a History” at Sovereign Grace Community Church in Sarnia, Ontario.

Conference Schedule:

9:30–10:30am    Where did Baptists come from?
10:50–11:50am  Baptists and the challenge of the age of reason
1:00–2:00pm      Revival and the Baptists in the 18th century
2:20–3:15pm       Samuel Pearce: a Baptist hero

Contact Information:

Sovereign Grace Community Church, Sarnia, ON
Pastor Glenn Tomlinson
365 Talfourd Street, Sarnia, ON N7T 1R1
tel. 519-344-6100 email: glenntomlinson[at]cogeco[dot]ca

[source: Historia ecclesiastica]



Reformed Baptist Family July 2013 Conference – Feat. Haykin, Jeremy Walker, Jeffery Smith, McDearmon & Savastio

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From the conference website’s front page:

For many years Reformed Baptists and like minded brethren throughout the midwestern and eastern United States enjoyed annual family conferences.  We were pleased to organize the return of a similar family conference in 2011 and are grateful that our brethren at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Mebane,  NC hosted one in Toccoa, GA in July 2012.

The Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville  will host the 2013 conference on the campus of Southern  Baptist Theological  Seminary in Louisville, KY on July 2-5, 2013.

The speakers for the conference are:

  • Pastor Jeremy Walker – Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley, England
  • Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin – Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • Pastor George McDearmon – Ballston Lake Baptist Church, Ballston Lake, NY
  • Pastor Jeffery Smith– Emmanuel Baptist Church of Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Pastor Jim Savastio – Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Registration deadline is May 10, 2013!

More info:

“Remembering Baptist Women” Conference – May 11, 2013


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On Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Otisville, Michigan, Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin will be speaking in a conference on women in Baptist history at Emmanuel Baptist Church (map and directions here). The conference schedule is posted below:

8:30–9:30 a.m. Contentinal Breakfast
9:30–10:30 a.m. Baptist women, 1640s–1890s
10:45–11:45 a.m. Anne Dutton (1692–1765) and her writings: a means of edification
12:00–1:00 p.m. Anne Steele (1717–1778) and her hymns: a means of revival
1:00– 2:15 p.m. Lunch and Fellowship
2:15–3:15 p.m. Ann Judson (1789–1826) and her letters: a means of missions

This and more events/conferences on our Events Page.

[ via: Historia ecclesiastica]

Feed My Sheep Conference Audio (feat: Michael Haykin)

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March 18, 2012 was the Feed My Sheep Conference. It is a one-day conference organized for pastors and church leaders in the greater, metro-Atlanta area, hosted at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

Conference audio (mp3):

Conference co-sponsered with the Atlanta Association of Southern Baptist Churches and The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

New AFCBS Blog Contributors

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies blog, “Historia ecclesiastica” has new contributors:

Dustin Benge serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Kentucky. He is also a PhD candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a junior fellow at The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies for which he serves as a research assistant and managing editor of The Andrew Fuller Review. Dustin and his wife, Molli, live in Jackson.

Dustin Bruce lives in Louisville, KY where he is pursuing a ThM in Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dustin and his wife, Whitney, originally hail from Alabama.

Ian Hugh Clary is finishing doctoral studies under Adriaan Neele at Universiteit van die Vrystaat (Blomfontein), where he is writing a dissertation on the evangelical historiography of Arnold Dallimore. He has co-authored two local church histories with Michael Haykin and contributed articles to numerous scholarly journals. Ian serves as a pastor of BridgeWay Covenant Church in Toronto where he lives with his wife and two children.

Nathan A. Finn is associate professor of historical theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also an elder at First Baptist Church of Durham, NC and a senior fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

Michael A.G. Haykin is the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He also serves as Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Haykin and his wife Alison have two grown children, Victoria and Nigel.

Jeff Robinson (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Senior Pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church. Jeff is the author of the forthcoming book, The Great Commission Vision of John Calvin.

Steve Weaver serves as a research assistant to the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and a junior fellow of the Center. He also serves as senior pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY. Steve and his wife Gretta have six children between the ages of 2 and 13.

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[source: Historia ecclesiastica]