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John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy (Studies in Baptist Life and Thought) [Paperback]

By David S. Dockery (A01)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
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Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   B&H Academic
ISBN  0805447385  
EAN  9780805447385  


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John A. Broadus (1827-1895) was a founding faculty member and the second president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He preached to Robert E. Lee's army during the Civil War and later wrote the enduring classic, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. A. T. Robertson called him "one of the finest fruits of modern Christianity." Charles Spurgeon deemed him the "greatest of living preachers." A. H. Newman described Broadus as "perhaps the greatest man the Baptists have produced."Indeed, the legacy of Broadus lives on today, reflecting a model author, teacher, preacher, scholar, seminary leader, and denominational statesman. This timely new biography, a collection of ten independently contributed chapters that address his work from various angles, presents Broadus as a shining example of balance, careful thinking, and biblical faithfulness in a season when Southern Baptists are seeking to re-establish a new consensus and move forward in the twenty-first century.

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John A. Broadus (1827-1895) was a founding faculty member and the second president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He preached to Robert E. Lee's army during the Civil War and later wrote the enduring classic, "A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons." A. T. Robertson called him "one of the finest fruits of modern Christianity." Charles Spurgeon deemed him the "greatest of living preachers." A. H. Newman described Broadus as "perhaps the greatest man the Baptists have produced."

Indeed, the legacy of Broadus lives on today, reflecting a model author, teacher, preacher, scholar, seminary leader, and denominational statesman. This timely new biography, a collection of ten independently contributed chapters that address his work from various angles, presents Broadus as a shining example of balance, careful thinking, and biblical faithfulness in a season when Southern Baptists are seeking to re-establish a new consensus and move forward in the twenty-first century.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David S. Dockeryis president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Heis the author or editor of more than thirty books, including Renewing Minds, Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, and the Holman Bible Handbook. Dockery serves on several education andministry boards and is a consulting editor forChristianity Todaymagazine."

David S. Dockery currently resides in Jackson, in the state of Tennessee.

David S. Dockery has published or released items in the following series...
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Sad commentary on today' academia  May 5, 2009
I looked forward to receiving this book, thinking it would offer helpful insights into Broadus's character and achievements. Sadly, it only reflects the low level of academia today. The editors really needed to tighten up the contributions, inasmuch as there is so much overlap. They also needed to challenge contributors to come up with more acute insights into the life and writings of this distinguished minister/professor.
 
John A. Broadus as Pastor, Teacher, and Scholar  Jan 6, 2009
In the history of denominations there is often one individual who is credited with having set the standards for those who followed. For Southern Baptists no one figure stands out more than John Albert Broadus (1827-1895), pastor, scholar and preacher extraordinaire. Much has been written about Broadus, so one may wonder why another book? John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy, edited by David S. Dockery and Roger D. Duke (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2008) is a collection of essays by prominent Baptist scholars meant to provide the reader with a well-balanced view of Broadus' role in shaping the defining characteristics of what it means to be Southern Baptist.
In his brief Introduction to the volume, Timothy George points out that although Broadus was very much a southerner, he was equally at home delivering a lecture series at Yale Divinity School or preaching a sermon at the Charlottesville (Va.) Baptist Church, where he served as pastor during the 1850s. During the Civil War, he served as a chaplain to the Confederate Army. As his reputation spread after the Civil War, Broadus shared the same platform with the noted English Christian speaker Henry Drummond at D. L. Moody's annual Northfield Conference. None other than Charles Spurgeon called Broadus the "greatest of living preachers." The book's contributors demonstrate that many of what are often termed the "distinctives" of Southern Baptist faith were emphasized by Broadus.
Roger D. Duke explains how Broadus' popularity as a preacher was based on both his conviction that the art of preaching must emphasize making the deep truths of God's inspired word understandable to the congregation, in order that the Holy Spirit might use the sermon to bring the lost to a saving knowledge of the gospel. In his classic work A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons (1870), Broadus quoted St. Augustine: "Make the truth plain, make it pleasing, make it moving" (72). But the exposition of truth was to be based upon a sound scholarly study of the Scriptures themselves and the best biblical scholarship of the day. Broadus was himself a scholar trained in the classic philosophers as well as in biblical Hebrew and Greek. He was also trained in the scholarly languages of his time--classical Greek, Latin, German and French. Richard Melick notes that as a "preacher-scholar" and a "pastor-teacher" Broadus was exceptional for his day. He also suggests that in his scholarship and preaching Broadus anticipated many of the issues that concern Baptists today.
In one of the most interesting essays in the book, "How to Preach Marketable Messages without Selling Out the Savior: Broadus on the role of Sensationalism in Preaching," Beecher L. Johnson shows that Broadus has some advice for seminarians preparing to pastor churches and preach the gospel in today's commercialized, media-driven world of middle class evangelicalism. Broadus spoke out forcefully in his day against the growing practice of sensationalism in preaching. It was not the legitimate appeal to the senses that Broadus criticized. In a lecture on the subject, he said: "Preachers must do all they can with propriety do, to make preaching attract attention-wake men up-compel them to listen, think, remember" (216). But Johnson notes that Broadus "also warned of the divisiveness of preaching on politics, the evil of promoting heresy to draw a crowd, and the shallow spiritual environment that too strong a focus on secular themes fostered" (219).
Broadus saw certain dangers in the use of sensationalism in preaching. Once employed, it would be nearly impossible to maintain the intensity, since the audience would expect a new "high" with each sermon. It also demeaned what Broadus felt was the sacred act of preaching. As Johnson points out, for Broadus the cross of Christ was the only legitimate draw, "the only thing that in the end would prove to be sufficient in leading men to Christ, transforming them, and keeping them in the faith." As Johnson concludes, for Broadus and those who shared his convictions, the pulpit was "no place for cuteness" (222). In short, Broadus feared that sensationalism in preaching would impair the listener's ability to discern the truth in a message, obscure the gospel, and at best, "inadvertently downgrade the message of Scripture to the level of life enhancement and the role of Christ to that of `life coach'" (237). As a solution, Broadus urged the preacher to look to Christ as his model. He should use plain language intelligible to the audience in order that the truth of the Bible might be made available to the common man or woman, that the lost might be saved, and the kingdom of God advanced.
In his concluding essay, "Broadus's Living Legacy," James Patterson points to Broadus's timeliness on an issue that has drawn much attention among Southern Baptists today, that is, the role of Calvinism. Broadus was one of the founding faculty of Southern Seminary, and he, like his colleagues, "openly identified themselves as Calvinists." But it was not the dogmatic, five-point Calvinism associated with the Synod of Dort (1618-19). It was one that "upheld a robust view of divine providence, single predestination, a `corrupt' Adamic sin nature, monogeristic salvation, and perseverance of the saints." In short, it was "an evangelical Calvinism that suitably balanced God's controlling hand in human history with an urgent sense of proclaiming the gospel to the lost" (245-246).
John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy should find its way onto the shelves of seminary libraries and into the personal libraries of ministers-especially but not only--Southern Baptists. It is both a worthwhile contribution to our understanding of Southern Baptist history and stimulus for a well informed presentation of the gospel message in a postmodern world.
 
Preachers Can Learn from Broadus  Oct 18, 2008
I am excited about the new series being published by Broadman and Holman called "Studies in Baptist Life and Thought." With Dr. Michael Haykin at the forefront of this project as the series editor, Broadman and Holman promises to deliver a series of insightful books on Baptist history.

The first installment of this new series is devoted to the man who is most responsible for the tenor and content of the great expository preachers of the Southern Baptist Convention. John A. Broadus served as the second president of Southern Seminary in the 1889-95. But even before his leadership as president, Broadus gave Baptists an example of "balance, careful thinking, biblical faithfulness, and denominational statesmanship." (xi)

John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy consists of essays from a variety of Baptist scholars. The book feels, at times, as if it were condensed from a two-day conference on Baptist history. Because the scholars did their work separately, there is a fair amount of repetition in each essay, especially in the biographical information. (Occasionally, the repetition makes its way into the same essay!)

But the level of scholarship represented within these pages makes the book well worth the reader's time. Here are some of the chapters I found most helpful:

In the introduction, Timothy George summarizes Broadus' life and assesses his legacy.

Roger Duke summarizes and explores Broadus' most important work: A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. He shows how Broadus borrowed liberally from the principles of classical rhetoric. Broadus was also a firm advocate in learning the biblical languages and employing the Canons of Rhetoric in delivering a sermon. Broadus believed that a preacher does not invent the chief materials of a sermon. These materials are the result of previous acquisition and reflection. (The lesson here for preachers? READ!) Duke also shows that Broadus never believed in pitting systematic theology and biblical exegesis against one another.

David Dockery writes about how Broadus' legacy was carried on by A.T. Robertson. Broadus was a careful scholar. The biblical text reigned supreme. Broadus' legacy was earned by his devotion to biblical exegesis, expositional preaching and church-focused theology. Robertson learned from Broadus. He never feared taking into account recent developments in critical scholarship, but he held fast to the authority of the Bible.

Beecher Johnson's chapter is the most practical. He uses Broadus as an example of a preacher who could preach "marketable messages," but without "selling out the Savior." How did Broadus manage to avoid sensationalistic preaching and yet still captivate his congregation? By modeling his preaching philosophy after Jesus' teaching. Broadus encouraged his students to emulate Jesus, not chase the current fads.

Preachers should learn from John A. Broadus. The new book from Broadman and Holman helps us along in that task.

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