Monday, March 29, 2010

Tom Nettles: Pastoral Training in the Third Millennium: What All Seminaries Can Learn From James Petigru Boyce (1827–1888)

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Tom Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (see, and author of "James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesmen", will address the theme: "Pastoral Training in the Third Millennium: What All Seminaries Can Learn From James Petigru Boyce (1827–1888)".

Dr. Nettles is a finalist for the John Pollock Award for his new biography of James Petigru Boyce, a 19th century Baptist hero of the Faith (the winner of the award to be announced this May). Nettles' biography of Boyce focuses on his theological development, his lifelong struggle to establish the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the theological controversies that shaped Baptists in the last half of the nineteenth century.

"Finally, here is a contemporary, definitive biography of James Boyce, the nineteenth-century, visionary founder of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where Boyce served as chairman of the faculty, and as professor of systematic and practical theology, and church government. Tom Nettles shows how Boyce gave his life to training Baptist theological students in orthodox, Reformed, experiential theology. Nettles does with Boyce what Iain Murray did with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Without resorting to hagiography, Nettles offers fascinating details of God’s great work through Boyce’s intriguing relationships with other notables, such as Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, Charles Hodge, Basil Manly Jr., Francis Wayland, F. B. Meyer, John A. Broadus, William Williams, and C. H. Toy. Ultimately this captivating biography moves us to worship God. Make it your must-read biography this year." -- Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

Dr. Nettles is a graduate of Mississippi College (BA) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv and PhD). He is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historical theologians in America. He previously taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he was Professor of Church History and Chair of the Department of Church History. He has served on the faculty at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1997.

Dr. Nettles' other published works include the nearly 500-page book By His Grace and For His Glory: A Historical, Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life.

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