On Creatureliness

W. Jackson Watts Over the last 15-20 years I’ve spent an extensive amount of time reading, thinking, and occasionally writing about the interrelated themes of creation, culture, and creatureliness. Some of my interest in these was no doubt always latent, given that I was raised in a rural, agrarian region, and specifically on a family farm. Yet the more academic …

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Symposium: Call for Papers

The 2024 Theological Symposium will convene on October 7-8 on the campus of Welch College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Paper proposals or abstracts can be sent to Symposium coordinator, Cory Thompson, at fwbtheology@gmail.com. Submissions should be made no later than June 1. Papers on various topics will be considered, but special preference will be given to papers on topics related to theological …

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Matthew Barrett’s Forlines Lecture Series

Kevin Hester The Forlines Lecture Series at Welch College is named for long-time faculty member, dean, and Free Will Baptist theologian F. Leroy Forlines. It began in 1993 as a means of drawing leading scholars to campus to speak on emerging theological and cultural issues of the day. The series resumed in fall 2023 after a brief hiatus. This resumption …

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What Were the Reformers Doing?

W. Jackson Watts A Brief Comment on Matthew Barrett’s The Reformation as Renewal Matthew Barrett is a name worth knowing. Barrett is a theology professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s perhaps the most prolific younger theologian in the Baptist orbit these days. His Amazon page is rather astounding. Readers may know him from having read one of his many …

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“Communion with God”

Matt Pinson In our tradition, the phrase “communion with God” is very common, as it is in the wider Puritan and Reformed tradition out of which General/Free Will Baptists emerged. Our English General Baptist forefather Thomas Grantham was very fond of the term. In one place, for example, in his massive 1678 book Christianismus Primitivus, Grantham discusses Christians’ “Heart-Prayers, or …

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