Twenty years ago Tom Nettles’ book, By His Grace and for His Glory, was first published in paperback by Baker. In it Nettles argues that the doctrines of grace were the demonstrably theological consensus within the Southern Baptist Convention from its beginning in 1845 until the second decade of the 20th century. His thesis has never been seriously challenged. In fact, it has hardly even been engaged by those who disagree–even by those who disagree loudly and with much bravado.
I am delighted to announce that Founders Press is now prepared to release a 20th anniversary edition of this outstanding book. For the next 4 weeks (through Feb. 16), it is available at a
pre-publication price of only $19.50 (plus S/H). I know that is lot of money, but the book is 486 pages, contains 24 sketches and retails for $34. 95. To get the discounted price, you must order the book online from the Founders’ bookstore. The first link above will take you to the appropriate page.
This excellently bound hardback edition is completely repaginated and has been expanded at several key points. The historical section has 2 new chapters, bringing the book up-to-date. How up-to-date, you ask? Good question. Let me simply say Nettles interacts with men and movements that have emerged to places of influence and prominence in Baptist life over the last twenty years and, in fact, over the last few months. Of course, as is his custom, he does so carefully and graciously. In these chapters you will read about Steve Lemke, Paige Patterson, Malcom Yarnell, Frank Page, Al Mohler, Adrian Rogers, Hershel Hobbs, Dale Moody, Phil Newton, Fred Malone, Mark Dever, Joe Nesom, Roy Hargrave and others.
In addition, the book contains new sketches drawn by Dr. Nettles’ son, Robert, who also painted the portrait that appears on the cover. That portrait demonstrates the author’s own understanding of the progress of theological understanding and practice throughout history. The Apostle Paul represents the inspired authors of Scripture. Calvin reresents the systematization of Scripture truth in the Protestant movement and Spurgeon represents the clarification and application of that revealed truth in Baptist life. The portrait reminds me of John Broadus’ famous statement that was inspired by his vision of the Alps:
The people who sneer at what is called Calvinism might as well sneer at Mont Blanc. We are not in the least bound to defend all of Calvin’s opinions or actions, but I do not see how any one who really understands the Greek of the Apostle Paul or the Latin of Calvin and Turretin can fail to see that these latter did but interpret and formulate substantially what the former teaches.
This new edition of Nettles’ book is due by the end of January. Through a special arrangement, a few advance copies arrived in time for the annual Founders Ministries’ Board meeting in Cape Coral. The printer did a great job.
While much of our nation bundled up against the bitter cold of winter storms, we were able to meet on the lanai of our hosts, Don and Barb Reisinger. It may be hard to believe but at times the warm temperature almost made us seek refuge in air conditioning! Such is winter in Southwest Florida.
I presented Dr. Nettles with an advanced copy of this new edition of his book during our meeting. When I first saw a copy, I could not help but thank the Lord for this book’s usefulness over the last twenty years and pray for its even greater usefulness over the next twenty. If you genuinely long for reformation among Baptists, I urge you to secure a copy of this book and do all that you can to put a copy into the hands of every pastor, seminary professor and denominational worker who you think will read it. Purchasing and distributing this book will be an investment in reformation.
Finally, join me in praying that the Lord will make this book a blessing to thousands of church leaders in this generation and generations to come.