In Case You Missed It

Each Friday at Between the Times we point you to some of this week’s blogposts we think worth your time. Some are written by Southeastern faculty, alumni, or students. Some are from others outside Southeastern who have something to say. Either way, we want to keep you updated in case you missed it.

1) Thom Rainer lists the 23 most common questions for church revitalization.

2) Over at SEND Network Matt Rogers, SEBTS alum and pastor of Cherrydale in Greenville, SC, writes about the importance of pastor’s planning their schedule.

3) The ERLC’s Canon and Culture is featuring a discussion on the nature of the church in North Korea. Here’s part 1 of their discussion with Eric Foley.

4) At First Things, a really moving illustrative letter from Elizabeth Scalia on the exile of Iraqi Christians.

5) The Gospel Coalition has made available all the media from the recent Women’s Conference. Treasure trove of resources here.

Carl Henry and Baptist Identity

These days, it seems as if everyone is talking about the late evangelical theologian Carl F. H. Henry (1913–2003). Greg Thornbury has authored a widely acclaimed new book titled Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F.H. Henry (Crossway, 2013). Thornbury, Collin Hansen, and John Starke recorded a conversation for The Gospel Coalition about a famous encounter between Henry and Karl Barth. A few months ago, Jason Duesing wrote an online essay honoring Henry in 100th year of his birth. The Carl Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is hosting a major academic conference later this year, among other Henry-related scholarly activities. If you’re not familiar with Henry, he was a founding faculty member of Fuller Theological Seminary, the first editor of Christianity Today, and one of the architects of postwar neo-evangelicalism. His book The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism (1947) offered a broadside against the fundamentalist tendency to divorce evangelism and social engagement, while his six-volume God, Revelation, and Authority (1976–1983) was one of the most important works of evangelical theology written in the second half of the 20th century. Though he is known primarily as an evangelical theologian, Henry was a Baptist. In fact, for much of his adult life he was a Southern Baptist. In 2004, Russell Moore wrote an article for The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology titled “God, Revelation, and Community: Ecclesiology and Baptist Identity in the Thought of Carl F. H. Henry.” Moore concludes that Henry was a convictional Baptist, but his ecclesiology was underdeveloped in his writings, in part because of his historical context. Simply put, few neo-evangelical theologians wrote on ecclesiology other than in the broadest strokes, in part because of the parachurch nature of postwar evangelicalism. I would say it like this: Henry was a conservative evangelical who held to Baptist ecclesiological convictions; the accent, however, was on the former aspect of his identity. By contrast, I consider myself an orthodox Baptist, which also makes me, by definition, a type of evangelical. I would encourage you to read Moore’s excellent essay to learn more about Henry’s Baptist identity. Henry himself discusses this topic in his essay “Twenty Years a Baptist,” which has most recently been reprinted in Why I Am a Baptist (B&H Academic, 2001), edited by Tom Nettles and Russell Moore. For an excellent short introduction to Henry’s thought, including his identity as an evangelical and Baptist theologian, see Al Mohler’s chapter on Henry in Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, edited by Timothy George and David Dockery (B&H Academic, 2001).

(Image credit; This post has been cross-published at Christian Thought & Tradition)

SEBTS Contributions to the Lastest Issue of Themelios

As many of you no doubt already know, Themelios is a refereed journal of evangelical scholarship published online by The Gospel Coalition since 2008. For many years prior, the journal was published as a tradition print journal in the United Kingdom by the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship. Many of the best-known evangelical scholars in the English-speaking world have written for Themelios over the years. The current general editor for Themelios is D.A. Carson. Southeastern’s own Nathan Finn serves as one of the book review editors.

The latest edition of Themelios dropped today. As always, it deserves a close read from scholars, students, and pastors alike. We at Between the Times wanted to alert our readers to two articles and several book reviews written by SEBTS faculty members and students.


Andreas Köstenberger has written an article titled “The Present and Future of Biblical Theology.” Köstenberger is senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at SEBTS.

Pete Schemm has written an article titled “The Writing Pastor: An Essay on Spiritual Formation.” Shemm, who was a longtime faculty member and administrator at Southeastern, is now pastor of Cave Springs Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA and visiting professor of theology at SEBTS.

Book Reviews

Benjamin Quinn reviewed Brad Green’s Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine: The Theology of Colin Gunton in Light of Augustine (James Clarke, 2012). Quinn is Instructor of Theology and History of Ideas at SEBTS.

Nathan Finn reviewed Chris Chun’s The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards in the Theology of Andrew Fuller (Brill, 2012). Finn is associate professor of historical theology and Baptist Studies at SEBTS.

Finn also reviewed David Bebbington’s Victorian Religious Revivals: Culture and Piety in Local and Global Contexts (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Andrew Spencer reviewed David Horrell’s The Bible and the Environment: Towards a Critical Ecological Biblical Theology (Equinox, 2010). Spencer is a PhD student studying Christian ethics at SEBTS.

We would encourage you to read these articles and reviews, as well as all the other great material in Themelios. You can read each piece individually, or you can download the entire issue as a PDF document from the Themelios website.