Logos Pre-Pub: $77.95 ‘Founders Press Theology Collection (10 vols.)’ feat. 1689, Nettles, Malone, Ascol, Reisinger + more

The Founders Press Theology Collection (10 vols.)  is currently gathering interest in Pre-Pub to see if this becomes a Logos resource.

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Connecting modern readers with a rich theological heritage, the Founders Press Theology Collection examines Southern Baptist history, message, and mission. Collecting theological studies and histories, these works from Founders Press promote historic Baptist principles, using the theological framework of the first recognized confession of faith produced by the Southern Baptists, The Abstract of Principles. These studies discuss the doctrines of grace, argue for the biblical authority for credobaptism, offer a modern rendering of the 1689 Baptist Confession, introduce important Baptist figures and movements, compile papers presented over the first 20 years of the Southern Baptist Founders Conference, and more. With contributions from Baptist preachers and teachers including Thomas Nettles, Ernest Reisinger, and Fred Malone, this collection is filled with insights into Southern Baptist history and theology for modern ministry…


  • Traces Southern Baptist history and introduces important figures
  • Discusses important elements of historic Baptist theology
  • Compiles papers presented over the first 20 years of the Southern Baptist Founders Conference
  • Includes a modern rendering of the 1689 Baptist Confession
  • Volumes: 10
  • Pages: 2,506

Individual Titles:

Three Modern Baptist Confessions [4-Part Video] by Tom Nettles [RBS]

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Tom Nettles
Tom Nettles

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

In the four-part lectures series below, Dr Tom Nettles surveys and explores the historical context and theological content of the New Hampshire Confession of Faith, the Abstract of Principles, and the Baptist Faith & Message (1925, 1963, 2000).

These lectures were delivered at RBS’s Fall Seminar at First Baptist Church of the Lakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they form part of the curriculum for RBS’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions.

The New Hampshire Confession of Faith


The Abstract of Principles


In this lecture, Dr Tom Nettles explores the historical context and theological content of the Abstract of Principles, which is doctrinal standard of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Baptist Faith & Message (1925)


In this lecture, Dr Tom Nettles looks at the historical context and theological content of the Baptist Faith and Message of 1925.

The Baptist Faith & Message (1963, 2000)


Deal: $0.99/£0.77 ‘Ready for Reformation?’ by Tom Nettles [Kindle]

Tom Nettles Ready For Reformation

“Ready for Reformation?”
by Tom Nettles
$0.99 | £0.77 ]


Tom Nettles believes that Southern Baptist churches are still in the midst of reformation-reformation that began with the conservative resurgence but continues today. It continues because reformation requires much more that the recovery of biblical authority. Reformation must penetrate deep; it requires time, patience, sacrifice, and honest self-criticism. Modern day reformers must enact a serious reengagement with doctrinal and practical ideas of the past, for failure to do so may result in an aborted reformation.


Print Length: 164 pages
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (December 9, 2013)

Jan. 22-24, 2015 Deep South Founders Conf. “On Free Will [1689]” feat. Nettles + more @ Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS.

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The 2015 Deep South Founders Conference will gather on the Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson MS Campus, January 22-24, to consider article 9 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, “On Free Will,” which reads in part:

1689 gift edition“Man, by his fall into a state of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation; so as a natural man, being altogether averse from that good, and dead in sin, is not able by his own strength to convert himself, or to prepare himself thereunto.”

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Tom Nettles, will bring three messages on the theme. We also look forward to hearing “The Will of Man After the Fall” Steven Hyde, “The Will of Man in Conversion” from Tom Metcalf, and “The Will of Man in the State of Glory” from Shannon Davis. A pre-conference debate, between Dr. Tom Nettles and Dr. Steven G. Smith, on Thursday evening will tackle the subject “Does Man Have A Free Will”


Thursday ­ January 22, 2015

    6:30 pm ­ Evening Session

    • Free Will Debate

Friday ­ January 23, 2015

    9:30 am ­ Morning Session

    • “The Will of Man After the Fall” – Steven Hyde
    • “Free Will” – Dr. Tom Nettles
    12:00 pm ­ Lunch (RTS Patterson Porch Cafeteria)<

    • Logos Bible Software
    • Question and Answerr with Dr. Tom Nettles
    6:30 pm ­ Evening Session

    • “The Will of Man in Conversion” -Tom Metcalf
    • “Free Will” – Dr. Tom Nettles

Saturday ­ January 24, 2015

    9:30 am ­ Morning Session

    • “The Will of Man in the State of Glory” – Shannon Davis
    • “Free Will” – Dr. Tom Nettles


  • Early Registration: (Before December 1, 2014) $30
  • Regular Registration: (Before January 1, 2015) $35
  • Late Registration: (After January 1, 2015) $40

Registration is now open.

Jul. 1-3, 2014 ­Annual School of Theology at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London feat. Tom Nettles, Peter Masters + more

2014 School of Theology at the Tabernacle

Dr Nettles will give a keynote address on Tuesday evening under this title, demonstrating and commending Spurgeon’s close adherence to the Word in all aspects of his ministry. He will also set the tone for the main theme of the School, by describing Spurgeon’s method of arriving at his message. This promises to be richly stimulating to all in attendance, and of special value to message-preparers…


Speakers will present ministry opening the message of several books of the Bible, showing as they proceed how they applied the ‘rules’ of traditional interpretation to arrive at their teaching.


This year’s School of Theology will appeal not only to preachers and other message-preparers, but to all who seek clear principles for the understanding of God’s Word. May these sessions be glorifying to the Lord, uplifting to souls, and instrumental in promoting a spiritual view of the Word of the Living God.

Find out more.

[HT: Martin Marprelate]

Nettles retiring from full-time teaching [Baptist Press]

Tom Nettles, professor of historical theology at Southern Seminary since 1997, teaches his final class as a full-time faculty member. Nettles has taught for more than 38 years, including at two Southern Baptist seminaries.  SBTS photo by Emil Handke.
Tom Nettles, professor of historical theology at Southern Seminary since 1997, teaches his final class as a full-time faculty member. Nettles has taught for more than 38 years, including at two Southern Baptist seminaries. SBTS photo by Emil Handke.

Read of the impact of his teaching career at Baptist Press.

Books at a Glance:

…In case you are not familiar with Nettles’ work, here is a brief list of some of his most important published works.

Baptists and the Bible

By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life

The Baptists: Beginnings in Britain vol.1

The Baptists: The Beginnings in America vol.2

The Baptists: The Modern Era  vol.3

James Pettigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesman

Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Why I Am a Baptist

Teaching Truth, Training Hearts: The Study of Catechisms in Baptist Life

Ready for Reformation?

Get to know Dr. Netlles more on episode 25 of our podcast:


Fuller The Non-Calvinist? [Updated Roundup]

Andrew Fuller

The Anti-Calvinist Southern Baptists are at it again. (See also here)


Dr. Michael Haykin

Michael Haykin addresses Emir Caner’s claims about Fuller:

It was extremely gratifying to see Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) cited as a vital theologian at the onset of the modern missionary movement in Dr. Emir Caner’s recent piece on “Historical Southern Baptist Soteriology” that appeared on the SBC Today website.1 Usually when Baptists are considered in this regard, the name of William Carey (1761–1834) alone receives mention, and Fuller, who was the theological muscle behind Carey, is forgotten. There were, however, some surprising aspects to Caner’s treatment of Fuller, especially as it relates to Fuller’s Calvinist soteriology. According to the article, Fuller really cannot be considered a Calvinist (something that, by the way, would warm the cockles of the hearts of hyper-Calvinist critics of Fuller like William Gadsby). By 1801, Caner reckons that Fuller had given up the concept of particular redemption for a general redemption, affirmed that “faith is not a gift from God,” and rejected “Total Depravity as articulated by some of his contemporary High [that is, hyper-] Calvinists.”

[read {full PDF} + his surrejoinder to Drs David Allen and Emir Caner {full PDF}]

ian hugh mcclaryIan Clary responds:

 Last autumn I had the opportunity to present a paper at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on Andrew Fuller as a Calvinist Theologian. In it I dealt primarily with Fuller’s view of the atonement and whether his later change in theological language prohibited him from a seat at the Reformed table. This paper, together with others delivered as part of the Fuller Studies Group, will be published in a volume introducing Fuller’s life and thought, hopefully some time this year.

[read | listen about 6 min.]

Tom-Nettles-Formal1-200x151Dr. Tom Nettles has written a good piece on what it would really mean if the “Traditional Baptist” embraced the theology of Andrew Fuller :

It has been very entertaining recently to see the name and theology of Andrew Fuller set forth as one whose doctrinal pilgrimage served as a corrective to the Calvinism of the late eighteenth century. His position is supposed to be a model to shame present-day Calvinists for holding so tenaciously to the distinctive tenets of historical confessional Calvinism. If these brothers would embrace the full system of Andrew Fuller, that would virtually end the present polemical engagement on this issue. In fact, in future theological discussion, such an event would significantly rearrange the constituent members of the discussion and give an entirely different tone to the interchange. Recently, Fuller has been presented as a “moderate” Calvinist. Fuller was not unfamiliar with that term and even aligned himself on the issue. When a contemporary asked him about the ranges of Calvinism within Baptist life, Fuller responded, “There are three by which we commonly describe; namely, the high, the moderate, and the strict Calvinists.” The High Calvinists he considered as antinomian “more Calvinistic than Calvin himself.” They considered Fuller an Arminian, a characterization he firmly rejected.


The moderate Calvinists were “half Arminian,or as they are called with us, Baxterians.” Those who designate Fuller as a moderateCalvinist today, do so mainly because he disclaimed belief in a “commercial” view of the atonement and he worked energetically to correct the leading principles of hyper-Calvinism. Consequently, they think that because he believed in the duty of all men to repent of sin and believe the gospel, he had rejected both total depravity and irresistible grace. In this short series, I propose to set out clearly Fuller’s views on the traditional “five points,” with the invitation to all to adopt Fuller’s views on these issues; in doing so both the direction and the nature of our rhetoric would shift significantly.

[read | listen about 8 min.]

Here is the series so far:

Also, on episode eight of our podcast I interviewed Pr. Paul Brewster regarding similar claims that Emir Caner made in an address he gave to George Baptist Convention’s History Conference: 


Also see:

Sandy Creek And The Myth Of Two Southern Baptist Streams

Southern Baptists, Sandy Creek And The John 3:16 Conference

Oct. 27-31, 2014 “Creeds & Confessions” feat. Haykin, Nettles, Denault, Ascol, Gonzales in Las Vegas, NV. [RBS]

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Creeds and Confessions RBS

Reformed Baptist Seminary Dean Bob Gonzales:

Reformed Baptist Seminary is offering a three-credit course on symbolics entitled “Creeds & Confessions.”


Michael Haykin (PhD) and Tom Nettles (PhD) will lecture on the history of creeds and confessions with a special focus on the origins, composition, and legacy of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.


Bob Gonzales (PhD) will address the biblical basis for creeds and provide an exposition of the Confession’s doctrine of Scripture.


Pascal Denault (ThM) will lecture on the covenant theology of the Confession.


Finally, Tom Ascol (PhD) will expound the Confession’s chapters on the gospel and on the church as well as discuss some pastoral issues related to the use of confessions and catechisms in the church’s life and ministry.


First Baptist Church of the Lakes of Las Vegas, Nevada, will host the module on the week of October 27 thru 31, 2014…

More details

Oct. 16-18, 2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conference at Charleston, SC. feat. Ascol, Nettles, Malone + more

2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conf

Confessional Power and Gospel Advance:
The 2nd London Confession at Home and Abroad

From today’s newsletter:

Registration is now open for the 2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conference. It has been several years since we had a national conference and we are looking forward to a time of rich preaching and renewed fellowship.

Register Now and take advantage of our early registration discount [$90 through July 1st].

We will meet October 16-18, 2014 at the historic First Baptist Church of Charleston, SC.

The 2nd London Confession of Faith was published in 1689. This year marks the 325th anniversary of that historic event. This important confession, which has been called the most influential among Baptists in the South in Colonial America, has helped shape Baptist identity here and abroad. This conference will celebrate this anniversary while focusing on the importance of confessional Christianity for the advance of the gospel around the world.

Speakers will include: Tom Nettles, Phil Newton, Fred Malone, Tom Ascol, Andy Davis, Steve Lawson and Aaron Menikoff.

Check out the conference page.

Why do Baptists treat their children like pagans? Tom Nettles answers

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Tom Nettles

Jason McIntyre provides us with a “quote from Tom Nettles about the paedo accusation that Baptists treat their children like pagans”:

The paedobaptist may object, “You have a deficient view of the standing of your children. You treat them virtually as pagans.” John Owen, the great Puritan theologian of the seventeenth century, when he said that those who reject infant Baptism (as taught within the Reformed tradition) “leave the seed of believers, whilst in their infant state, in the same condition with those of pagans and infidels; expressly contrary to God’s covenant.” This is an unfair, but emotionally understandable, response from people whose theology has taught them to view their children as participants in the covenant of grace (even believers, according to Thomas Shepard) by virtue of their flesh relationship with their parents.


The meaning of the objection, however, is not quite clear. Does it mean that Baptists act as pagans and teach their children to worship idols? Does it contemplate Baptist parents having altars on which they offer sacrifices to appease or please various pagan deities? Do Baptist parents hide the Law and the Gospel from their children and await the coming of an apostle into the home like Paul into Lystra or Athens to preach to their pagan children? Do we account our children as practicing participants in a superstitious system which worships and serves the creature instead of the Creator?


These fabricated scenarios are absurd, and it is obvious that Baptists do not treat their children like pagans…

Read the rest of the quote [3 min. readout]

Quotes taken from a 1997 short article for Modern Reformation magazine titled “Baptists and the Ordinances” which has been reprinted online at Reformed Reader [24 min. readout].

Barcellos’ Biblical Theology 1 class online $20 [FREE sample] + Waldron’s Modern & American Church History class FREE livestream + more [MCTS]

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From today’s [Feb. 02, 2014] Midwest Center for Theological Studies newsletter:

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We are excited to announce the online release of our latest course at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies! Dr. Richard Barcellos’ class on Biblical Theology I is now available on MCTS Pathway.


In this course, Dr. Barcellos introduces Biblical Theology as a discipline. He covers its place and function in the encyclopedia of theology, a brief history, a working definition, various models and practitioners, and hermeneutics.

Audit $20 | For credit $225 | Sample [lecture 2]:biblical theology preview


Tom Nettles
Tom Nettles

Dr. Tom Nettles’ course Historical Theology Overview is also now available to watch online as an auditor or to complete online as a distance student. Grow in your understanding of God’s revealed truth through this study of the development and progress of Christian doctrine.

Audit $20 | For credit $225

Sam Waldron
Sam Waldron

Our Modern and American Church History class begins on March 3rd. So mark your calendars now to join Dr. Sam Waldron weekly on Tuesday evenings to learn more about God’s working through His church in history. Live-streaming is FREE, so please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!

Livestream will be here [add to calendar]

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Even if you are not a MCTS student, we would encourage you to register as an auditor for only $20… Or you could consider becoming a subscriber to MCTS Pathway for $9 a month, which gives you access to all of the videos for every course on this site.

Baptist Spirituality: Historical Perspectives [Audio] from August 24-25, 2009

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The theme of the 2009 conference is, “Baptist Spirituality:  Historical Perspectives” Featured speakers will include: Crawford Gribben, Michael Haykin , Robert Strivens, Greg Thornbury, Kevin Smith, Tom Nettles, Greg Wills, Gerald Priest, Jason Lee, and Malcolm Yarnell. Other established Baptist History scholars, as well as several Ph.D. students will be presenting papers on the conference theme during the parallel sessions.


Monday, August 24

9:00 am Plenary Session 1: Crawford Gribben
“Irish Baptist Piety in the 17th Century” (MP3)

10:25 am Plenary Session 2: Robert Strivens
“Evangelical Spiritualities in Early 18th Century English Dissent: Philip Doddridge and John Gill” (MP3)

11:45 am Plenary Session 3: Gerald Priest
“A. C. Dixon: Exemplar of Fundamentalist Spirituality” (MP3)

2:30-5:00 pm Parallel Sessions
1. English Baptist Piety in the 17th and 18th Centuries (Chair: Paul Brewster)

2. Baptist Piety in 19th Century Great Britain (Chair: Michael Haykin)

3. Baptist Piety in 19th Century North America (Chair: Jeff Robinson)

  • Aaron Menikoff “Do Baptists Hold to the Spirituality of the Church? A Historical Look at the Causes and Consequences of the Nineteenth-Century Temperance Movement”
  • Roger Duke “The Pietistic Thought of Basil Manly, Jr.” (MP3)

8:15 pm Plenary Session 4: Greg Thornbury
“Baptist Spirituality and Theological Education”

Tuesday, August 25

10:00 am SBTS Convocation:  R. Albert Mohler
“‘The Time is Near’ – The Emphatically Eschatological Essence of the Christian Ministry” (MP3)

11:40 am Plenary Session 5: Tom Nettles
“The Piety of James Petigru Boyce” (MP3)

2:30-3:30 pm Plenary Session 6: Greg Wills
“Relevance, Severity, and Spiritual Power in Baptist Piety” (MP3)

3:40-4:50 pm Plenary Session 7: Kevin Smith
“A Distracted Piety: African-American Baptists” (MP3)

“Amsterdam 400”: A Quatercentennial Celebration of Baptist Witness

6:45 pm “Spirituality of Historic Baptist Hymnody: A Hymn Sing”(MP3)

7:45 pm Plenary Session 8: Malcolm Yarnell
“ ‘We Believe with the Heart and with the Mouth Confess’: The Engaging Piety of John Smyth and the Early General Baptists”

9:00 pm “Reformed and Anabaptist: Strengths and Shortcomings of Two Traditions” A Late Night Discussion between Drs. Yarnell and Haykin (MP3)  NOTE: Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the first several minutes of Dr. Yarnell’s first presentation is missing.

Conference Program


Reformed Baptist History [Audio] Roundup: Renihan, Hulse, Malone, Savastio, Dolezal, Nettles, Andrew Fuller Center + More

From Junior’s Credopedia:

2001-10-14: Origin of the Reformed Baptists, Jim Renihan, Immanuel Baptist Church, Sacramento, California

2003-12-03: English Baptist Histroy, Erroll Hulse

2003-12-06: American Baptist History, Erroll Hulse

2004-09-26: Reformed Baptist Myths, Jim Savastio, Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky

2005-09-23: The Founders of the SBC and Calvinism, Fred Malone

2007-02-11: Reformed Baptist History and Distinctives, Jim Savastio

2009-11-13: Credo-Baptism During the Reformation, James Dolezal, Christ The Center

2010-07-03: Doctrines of Grace in Baptist History 1, Dr. Tom Nettles

2011-03-03: Doctrines of Grace in Baptist History 2, Dr. Tom Nettles


From our podcast:


Podcast #7: James Renihan – Particular Baptist History + Book Giveaway


Podcast #8: Paul Brewster – SBC History: GA Baptist Assocation & Sandy Creek


Podcast #25 – Tom Nettles – Living by Revealed Truth


Podcast #24 – Spurgeon’s Sermons: His Preparation to Printed Product – Curt Arend – Rare Document Traders + More


Podcast #28 – Dr. Steve Weaver – Hercules Collins


Podcast #29 – Vincent & Dykstra – Reformed Baptist Movement/History in America [1960s to Today]


From various conferences:


The English Baptists of the 17th Century [2008 Andrew Fuller Center Conference Audio]


“Remembering Baptist Women” Conference – May 11, 2013

andrew fuller and his controversies conference

“Andrew Fuller & His Controversies” Audio Now Online [2013 AFCBS Conference]

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


Andrew Fuller & His Friends Conference


User input:

Sam Waldron – Reformed Baptist History in America

Any other audio that you know of that we should add?