Saturday, September 06, 2008

Founders Podcast, Tom Nettles, pt. 2

The new Founders podcast has been posted online. It's about 20 minutes long.

The second part of my interview with Tom Nettles delves further into the question of Baptist identity. I ask him about Landmarkism, and learned one very good thing that J.R. Graves and the Landmarkers did for the annual meetings of the SBC. Dr. Nettles also gives a very interesting--some might even call it ironic--geographical delineation of early Landmarkism within Southern Baptist life.

The identity crisis that provoked the Landmark movement and the outcome of it are incredibly relevant to modern SBC life. Anyone who is interested in the contemporary discussions about Baptist identity should listen to Dr. Nettles' insights. He, more than any other living Baptist scholar, has explored and written about Baptist identity in helpful, historical and theological ways. His 3 volume work, The Baptists, is unparalled in our day.

Toward this end of this part of the interview, Dr. Nettles gives a wonderful argument for Baptists to stay in Baptist churches rather than joining Presbyterian churches, even when the latter may have a much healthier ministry than the former.

2 comments:

Terrell Academy Chapel said...

Great interview Tom. Looking forward to part three. (I listened to the first two parts while riding the stationary bike. After part 2, "L.A. Woman" by the Doors came over my headphones, though I don't remember putting that song on there. Have you ever gone from listening to Tom Nettles to listening to the Doors? It is, in a word, surreal.)

Would love to know your thoughts on current-day manifestations of Landmarkism in the Convention.

Wyman Richardson

Arthur Sido said...

All three interviews were great, but number two was my favorite. I appreciate Dr. Nettles scholarship and kindness, even when standing firm.