Robertson, Archibald Thomas. The Life and Letters of John Albert Broadus. Philidelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1910.

A. T. Robertson did for John Albert Broadus was Broadus did for Boyce. He wrote a devotional and inspiring life of John Broadus. Much of the same ground covered in Boyce’s biography is covered in Broadus’s since both were founding faculty of Southern Seminary. Obviously the perspective is different since the story is told through the life of Broadus rather than the life of Boyce. Broadus was a skilled exegete and preacher, and his wisdom conveyed in this  book through his letters.

The full text of this book is available on Google Books.

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southern baptist theological seminary

Wills, Gregory A. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

This volume tells the story of Southern Seminary from its founding by Boyce, Broadus, and their colleagues through its loss of orthodoxy to the recent conservative restoration of orthodoxy. Much of the book is a sad story. It reveals how godly, orthodox men sacrificed much to establish a training center for Baptist churches that soon after their deaths began to slide toward unorthodoxy. The founders were not unaware of the dangers. They had to expel their colleague, Toy, to preserve the school’s orthodoxy, and Boyce put in place a doctrinal statement designed to protect the school’s orthodoxy. Yet the theological liberals felt free to affirm the doctrinal statement while standing in actual disagreement with it. Boyce’s foresight in insisting on faculty adherence to the Abstract of Principles was not misguided, however, for this was the means by which Albert Mohler could cut liberalism out of the seminary once the conservatives regained control of the denominational machinery.

Wills wrote as a member of the Church History faculty of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is personally a part of the conservative recapturing of the school. The tone of the book, however, is that of a dispassionate historian.

This book is available at