The Making of Global Evangelicalism: Transatlantic Discipleship during the Great Awakening

This paper will explore how leaders of the eighteenth-century Evangelical Revival intentionally connected recent converts with other believers for the purpose of spiritual direction and encouragement, creating a transatlantic network of discipleship. As a primary example, this paper will analyze the co-labors of George Whitefield (1714–1770) and Anne Dutton (1692–1765), a Baptist pastor’s wife in … Read more

Mercersburg’s Value to Global Evangelicalism

Critically examining 19th-century Mercersburg theology can benefit global evangelicalism today. While Mercersburg theology was based in the German Reformed Church, some see it as a combination of Reformed and Evangelical theologies. Others describe it as Reformed Catholicity. Specifically, this session will examine Mercersburg’s sacramental theology and how it interacted with the three dominant evangelical expressions … Read more

Moral Formation through Moral Imagination in James 1:1-2:13

This paper explores the functional relationship between James 1:1–27 and 2:1–13. The book of James is broadly recognized as a cousin or descendant of the wisdom literature. That being said, James will be viewed from the perspective of moral formation or ethical education through the vehicle of moral imagination. In her 2017 article, “Wisdom’s Imagination: … Read more

Evangelical True Self-Love in the Writings of Sarah Osborn

Historians have long posited that eighteenth-century American evangelicals repudiated the self and self-love in stark opposition to the emergence of enlightened and liberal advancements at midcentury. This is despite how a positive vision of self-love had long occupied an important place for many theologians – especially for Augustinian puritans. This shift towards identifying self-love as … Read more