New Consulting Editors Added to the Founders Journal

The Founders Journal is pleased to announce the addition of Drs. Roger Nicole and Timothy George as Consulting Editors. Dr. Nicole is the former Andrew Mutch Professor of Theology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hampton, Massachusetts where he taught for forty-one years and is presently Visiting Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He received a Th. D. from Gordon Conwell, a Ph. D. from Harvard University, and a D. D. from Wheaton College. Dr. George is also a graduate of Harvard University (Th. D.) and is the founding Dean of the Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He served ten years as a professor of church history and historical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and is the author of numerous articles and books, including the award winning Theology of the Reformers and Faithful Witness: The Life and Mission of William Carey.

Founders Journal Subscription Price to Increase

Since its inception five years ago the Founders Journal has held its subscription price to $10.00 per year. The same period has witnessed numerous increases in postage and steady increase in printing costs. Recent announcements by the postal service have warned us to brace for yet another increase. In order for the journal to maintain wise financial stewardship, it has unfortunately become necessary to increase the subscription to $12.00 per year ($15.00 outside the USA) beginning in January 1995. Renewals for up to three years will be accepted at the current rate until December 31, 1994. Please use the enclosed renewal form.

Mission 150 Is on Schedule

The special SBC sesquicentennial issue of the journal is scheduled to be mailed in January. It will be a double issue combining numbers 19 & 20 (Winter and Spring). The next issue, # 21, will be mailed in the summer of 1995. Please continue to pray for this effort to challenge pastors and church leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention with the spiritual and doctrinal heritage of our denomination.

Spurgeon Goes to Southwestern Seminary

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas has announced the acquisition of over 500 original sermon manuscripts of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. According to Michael Quicke, Principal of Spurgeon’s College in London, these sermons have never been seen or published before. They were discovered by a student who was cleaning a storage closet at the college two years ago.

Southwestern will house and record all of the sermons before the originals are eventually sold. Recently appointed Southwestern President Ken Hemphill stated, “We are privileged that young pastors now will have the opportunity to look at manuscripts which will be challenges to their ministries as pastors.” Spurgeon’s sermons most certainly will provide a challenge to contemporary pastors. He is worthy of emulation in his belief and practice.

The founder and first President of Southwestern, B. H. Carroll, called Spurgeon “the tallest and broadest oak in the forest of time” and “the sweetest, most silvery and far-reaching voice that published the glad tidings since the apostle Paul.” In a memorial sermon at the occasion of Spurgeon’s death Carroll went on to say, “His life and ministry have demonstrated that the doctrine of free salvation, none of works but all of grace promotes the highest form of practical piety. . . . His ministry and its results prove that not Arminianism but, `The grace of God that bringeth salvation . . . teaches us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.'”

It is a wonderful providence of God that this new attention on the Prince of Preachers coincides with the approach of the sesquicentennial of the SBC. As a part of the Mission 150 effort, a free copy of The Forgotten Spurgeon will be mailed to every reader who orders a new subscription to the Founders Journal. (some of the information in this news item was compiled from a Baptist Press release.)

Introducing Our Graphic Design Editor

The Founders Journal is pleased to officially introduce Mr. William Dollar as its Graphic Design Editor. Serving in this capacity since January, he is responsible for the design and layout of the Journal. A full-time Southern Baptist pastor for over ten years, Mr. Lollar is now currently on staff as Publications Manager for Mt. Zion Publications and Chapel Library in Pensacola, Florida. He also shares in the pastoral duties at Mt. Zion Bible Church an is active in the local Pensacola Bay Association.