In his day, practicing English pastor Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) was also the most prominent Baptist theologian on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. He remained influential via his thoughtful writings up until the American Civil War. Since then, however, the emphasis on theological and doctrinal depth in Baptist preaching (and preaching generally) has been in decline.
Now scholars are looking back at Fuller to provide an example of how pastors can relate doctrine to practice. He was not content to contribute to theological debate in print only; he also showed how the theological conclusions he had arrived at could be applied to local church ministry. This pastoral biography of Andrew Fuller, the second in B&H Publishing Group’s Studies in Baptist Life & Thought series, introduces a new preaching generation to his theological method, his soteriology, and how Fuller intentionally moved from doctrine to practice among the church.
Table of Contents:
Appendix 1: Andrew Fuller's Confession of Faith
Appendix 2: Fuller's Theological Dictionary Entry on Calvinism
Paul Brewster is pastor of Rykers Ridge Baptist Church in Madison, Indiana, and also writes for Baptist Press. He holds degrees from the University of Arkansas (B.A.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Brewster and his wife have four children.
"Andrew Fuller is the quintessential pastor-theologian, an excellent model from whom contemporary pastors could learn much. His defense of evangelical Calvinism also has great potential for aiding Baptist discussions of soteriology today as it did 200 years ago. Paul Brewster himself is an exemplary pastor-theologian, with more than twenty years' experience as a pastor and many years devoted to theological study and reflection on Andrew Fuller. I am happy that the fruits of his study are being made available and heartily commend his work to Baptist pastors, theologians, and church leaders." - John S. Hammett, professor of Systematic Theology and associate dean of Theological Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"In any age, but particularly in this increasingly secularized environment, churches need pastor-theologians. Paul Brewster holds before us Andrew Fuller as a worthy model of how a pastor may challenge his theological and philosophical culture and change the trajectory of thought...He articulates Fuller's value as a theologian, an apologist, a practitioner of Christian ministry emphasizing preaching and evangelism, and as denominational servant. He investigates Fuller's relevance as a path maker for contemporary denominational tensions on Calvinism per se and Calvinism vis a vis Great Commission interests. I heartily recommend this serious work." - Tim J. nettles, professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Paul Brewster’s analysis of the life and theology of Andrew Fuller is both insightful and engaging. In particular, the author properly explains Fuller’s contributions within the context of English Baptist history during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Brewster likewise demonstrates the intimate connections between Fuller’s roles as pastor, mission board secretary, and theologian. Most important, the book astutely addresses the significance of Fuller’s thought for discussions today about the relationship of Calvinism and Baptist identity.” – James A. Patterson, Ph.D., University Professor and Associate Dean, Union University
“Good theology is always pastoral, and effective pastoral ministry is always theological. Andrew Fuller is an exemplary pastor-theologian, and Paul Brewster does an exemplary job of introducing his life, theology, and ministry to us. Read this book and your ministry and your theology will be better for it.” – David Nelson, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary