Broadus, John A.
John A. Broadus (1827-1895) was a founding faculty member and the second president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He preached to Robert E. Lee’s army during the Civil War and later wrote the enduring classic, A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. A. T. Robertson called him “one of the finest fruits of modern Christianity.” Charles Spurgeon deemed him the “greatest of living preachers.” A. H. Newman described Broadus as “perhaps the greatest man the Baptists have produced.”
Indeed, the legacy of Broadus lives on today, reflecting a model author, teacher, preacher, scholar, seminary leader, and denominational statesman. This timely new biography, a collection of ten independently contributed chapters that address his work from various angles, presents Broadus as a shining example of balance, careful thinking, and biblical faithfulness in a season when Southern Baptists are seeking to re-establish a new consensus and move forward in the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction to John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy – Timothy George
2. Mighty in the Scriptures: John A. Broadus and His Influence on A.T. Robertson and Southern Baptist Life – David S. Dockery
3. ‘The Way to Learn to Preach Is to Preach’: John A. Broadus’s Early Career and Influences – A. James Fuller
4. John A. Broadus, Rhetoric, and A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons – Roger D. Duke
5. New Wine in Broadus Wineskins? – Richard Melick
6. Broadus and the Establishment of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – Craig C. Christina
7. Now I am Found: The Recovery of the ‘Lost’ Yale Lectures and Braodus’s Legacy of Engaging Exposition – Mark M. Overstreet
8. The Enduring Impact and Relevance of A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons – Thomas J. Nettles
9. How to Preach Marketable Messages without Selling Out the Savior: Broadus on the Role of Sensationalism in Preaching – Beecher L. Johnson
10. Broadus’s Living Legacy – James Patterson
David S. Dockery (Ph.D., University of Texas system) is President of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee where he has served since December, 1995. Dockery is the author or editor of over thirty books
Roger D. Duke is assistant professor of religion and communication at Baptist College of Health Services in Memphis, Tennessee, and adjunct assistant professor of Christian studies at Union University.
“A fresh and dynamic presentation of one of America’s outstanding church leaders of the nineteenth century. Every church leader ought to be acquainted with John A. Broadus.” – Richard Blackaby, president, Blackaby Ministries International
“Well-conceived, carefully researched…the book will help readers learn about Broadus but also enable those who are willing to learn from Broadus as well. Through this book Broadus can influence a needy church today through his lasting legacy.” – David L. Olford, Stephen Olford professor of expository preaching, Union University