The Robert Smith Jr. Preaching Institute will sponsor a day with Beeson Dean and author Dr. Douglas A. Sweeney as he discusses the subject “Jonathan Edwards, the Bible, and Preaching,” based on his book, Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought. The cost of $25 includes lunch, refreshments, and a copy of his book. Registration link is forthcoming.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is the most influential thinker in all of evangelical history. He worked as a parish pastor, missionary, and college teacher. He mentored younger pastors and he published many books. By the time that he had died, at the age of 54, he had sparked a new movement of Reformed evangelicals who played a major role in fueling the rise of modern missions, preaching revivals far and wide, and wielding the cutting edge of American theology. Edwards’ works are read today on every continent in the world (except Antarctica, of course). He has never gone out of print. Younger Christians, in particular, continue to flock to seminars and conferences on him.
Why is this the case? And what can we learn from Edwards as we minister the Word of God ourselves? This seminar will seek to address these (and other) questions. It will introduce students to the life and times of Edwards and will focus most intently on the nature and significance of his biblical exegesis and homiletical practices in the context of early modern Protestant church history. Sweeney will offer lectures on key aspects of Edwards’ work and then guide discussions of their practical significance for believers, especially pastors, in the present.