Inside Cover of The Founders Journal #1

Dr. Thomas K. Ascol is pastor of the Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida.
Mr. Ernest Reisinger is associate pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida. He also serves as a trustee for the Banner of Truth Trust.
Mr. Robert Selph is pastor of the Middle Valley Baptist Church in Prescott, Arizona.

The image on the front cover is the logo for the Southern Baptist Founders Conference on the Faith of the Founders. It is representative of the spirit and heritage that we are seeking to recover in this day. The sword and trowel call to mind the great work of Nehemiah as he both defended and rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. Of course, the “prince of preachers,” Charles Haddon Spurgeon, also employed this two-fold image to symbolize his ministry in the last century. Defending the truth “once delivered to the saints” and building up the Church of Christ through the work of evangelism is still essential to the gospel ministry. The anvil is the tool of that “tinker,” John Bunyan, whose Pilgrim’s Progress accurately depicts the Christian life in all its stages. The cobbler’s tools are reminiscent of William Carey, who left his native England to travel to pagan lands with the gospel of grace, thereby laying claim to the title, “Father of Foreign Missions.” Prominence is given to the carpenter’s tools, which remind us of the Carpenter from Nazareth, whose perfect life and substitutionary death constructed the full redemption of His people, and whose glorious gospel it is our privileged duty to preach to the end of the age.

Thomas K. Ascol, PhD
Associate Editor:
Ernest C. Reisinger
Contributing Editors:
Bill Ascol, MDiv
Fred A. Malone, PhD
Tom J. Nettles, PhD
Stan Reeves, PhD

The Founders Journal is a quarterly publication which takes as its theological framework the first recognized confession of faith that Southern Baptists produced, The Abstract of Principles. Subscription and Contact Info