George Whitefield, Slavery, and Southern Seminary: Growing Baptist Recognition | SBC Voices

Alan Cross

Alan Cross

Last week, (Oct. 21-22), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary held the 8th Annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference on Whitefield and the Great Awakening. This year celebrates the 300th anniversary of Whitefield’s birth. Like many Evangelicals, Whitefield (1714-1770) has been a hero of mine as a leader of the First Great Awakening in the 1700s. In my seminary days at Golden Gate, I studied him for an independent study class on evangelism and compared/contrasted the Great Awakening and the Enlightenment and have been familiar with his life, ministry, and influence ever since.

October 1, on The Southern Blog, Jerome Mahaffey said that Whitefield was a model for today’s preachers. He spoke specifically about his work to bring Christians together so that they could work across traditional lines of division. Continue reading →
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