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John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy (Studies in Baptist Life and Thought) Kindle Edition

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David S. Dockery is president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, recognized as a top tier institution by U.S. News and World Report and the Time/Princeton Review.

Roger D. Duke is assistant professor of religion and communication at Baptist College of Health Services in Memphis, Tennessee, and adjunct assistant professor of Christian studies at Union University.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Waibel VINE VOICE on January 6, 2009
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on July 23, 2011
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The author of Hebrews admonishes us to "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith" (13:7). Reading biographies are an excellent way to fulfill this biblical expectation. I have read few biographies and found myself encouraged in many ways. I have learned to love biographies. However, some biographies can be dry, dull and difficult to read. All qualities which make important historical figures seem impossibly boring.

Fortunately, John A. Broadus is none of those things. This particular installment of the "Studies in Baptist Life and Thought" (series edited by Dr. Michael Haykin) is edited by David Dockery and Roger Duke. Each chapter is contributed by scholars and pastors who are well-learned and read in baptist studies. More importantly, they are good writers who can teach us well without boring us to death.

I appreciated this volume for a number of reasons. First, it provides readers with an accessible insight into the life, thought and ministry of an otherwise unknown American church leader. John Broadus is certainly a man worth knowing about and spending time with through his writings and writings like these. There is much we can learn from him.

Secondly, I enjoy the use of multiple contributors. There are advantages and disadvantages to this method. The editors even recognize some of them: overlap is inevitable. Besides, repeated detail is pedagogically sound. The more an idea is repeated the more aware we are of it and the more likely we are to remember it. Repetition is not always bad. Potential disadvantages aside, the multi-faceted perspective of multiple contributors helps to paint a full and rich picture of the man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevin Wax on October 18, 2008
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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.
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