Brewer, Beau K. Scholarship on Fire: A History of the “Chair of Fire” and Southern Baptist Evangelism in Theological Education. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2021.
Scholarship on Fire: A History of the “Chair of Fire” and Southern Baptist Evangelism in Theological Education takes a step back into early-twentieth-century Texas Baptist history and observes the unveiling of the crown jewel of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the events that led the forward-thinking architect of theological education, Benajah Harvey (B. H.) Carroll, to the creation of the world’s first endowed chair of evangelism and professorship of evangelism at his newly formed Texas seminary. This book carries the reader through a 112-year history of an academic chair and professorship that both educated men and women in the art of personal and mass evangelism and provided the necessary evangelistic spirit to forge the fervent pioneering, soul-winning denominational spirit that has thrust Southern Baptists to the forefront of evangelistic advancement since their inception in 1845. Studying the auspicious beginnings of evangelism taught in theological education will delve into the lives of the men who have taught Christians to reach their neighbors for Christ Jesus. The “Chair of Fire” has impacted all seminaries and Christian schools around the world because of the inclusion of evangelism in theological education.
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