Founders Journal 70 · Fall 2007 · p. 33


Dr. Ascol,

I am stunned. I had no idea that the SBC had reformed roots. To be honest, that has hit me like a ton of bricks.

I am a Southern Baptist layman (I teach SS and some other classes from time to time) and have been studying reformed theology since just after last year’s Southern Baptist Convention. I watched (online) the discussion Dr. Mohler participated in at the Pastors Conference and was curious what it was all about. Truthfully, I began because I wanted to be prepared for the coming problems that the increasing influence of reformed theology would cause in the SBC. I actually expected it to be a short process; boy was I wrong. Now almost a year later I am still studying and reading. During my studies, I recently came across www.founders.org. I can see that my studies will now take an expanded focus.

I see that there are some great resources listed on your site. Where would you recommend I start in understanding the historical baptist position on reformed theology? Thanks for your help.

T.S., via email

Response from the Editor:

Thanks for your email. It is a real encouragement to read how the Lord has led you in your studies of His Word. I am glad that Founders Ministries has been a source of helpful information for you and trust that it will continue to be that. We have many good resources available for free on our website. Check out the Library section. Beyond that, Tom Nettles’ book, By His Grace and For His Glory, is the most thorough treatment of our historical roots. The Founders Journal (also available from our website) has many good articles through the years on our doctrinal origins. In addition, Sound Word Associates, linked on our site, has audio recordings of all of our national conferences going back 24 years. There have been some great talks given about this subject in those meetings. A sampling of those messages are collected in the book, Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches. A short booklet that you can download from our site is From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention: What Hath Geneva to Do with Nashville?

May the Lord richly bless your life and ministry as you continue to serve Him in your church.

Tom Ascol