Why I Am a Baptist
In light of the current identity crisis facing Baptists today, this book offers testimonies from contemporary Baptists expounding on that very question. A profound statement concerning the consistency of the Baptist witness in the context of the historic confession of...
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In light of the current identity crisis facing Baptists today, this book offers testimonies from contemporary Baptists expounding on that very question. A profound statement concerning the consistency of the Baptist witness in the context of the historic confession of Christian faith & the Biblical witness.
Historic and doctrinal perspectives and contemporary testimonies expound on the decision to be Baptist.
In light of the current identity crisis facing Baptists today, editors Nettles and Moore offer a volume of testimonies from contemporary Baptists expounding on that very question—Why I Am a Baptist. Taking a more objective approach than offered in earlier books, Why I Am a Baptist models a more doctrine-oriented approach, explaining Baptist life on the basis of historical tenets of the Christian faith worked out in practice.
Tom Nettles is Professor of Historical Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
ALISTAIR BEGG (Trent University; London School of Theology; Westminster Seminary) was born in Scotland and spent the first 30 years of life in the United Kingdom. Since September of 1983, he has been the senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. He is the daily speaker on the national radio program "Truth For Life" which stems from his weekly Bible teaching at Parkside, and is the author of "Made For His Pleasure, Lasting Love, " and "What Angels Wish They Knew." He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children.
Henry was professor of theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinty School. He is well known as the developer and first editor of Christianity Today.
Russell D. Moore is dean of the school of theology and senior vice president for academic administration of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as the executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement and is a regular columnist for Baptist Press. He has served on the pastoral staffs of two churches and was an aide to a United States congressman. He and his wife, Maria, and three sons live in Louisville, Kentucky.
R. Albert Mohler Jr (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology and President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the largest seminaries in the world. Dr. Mohler has been recognized by influential publications such as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, Time.com called him the reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.
Dr. Mohler hosts a daily live nationwide radio program on the Salem Radio Network. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues. He is a frequent guest on national and international news outlets and is a popular preacher, teacher and lecturer. He is also the author of Cultural Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Eternal Truths; Preaching: The Centrality of Scripture and most recently The Disappearance Of God.
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.