Seminary Hill Press (SHP) released today The B. H. Carroll Pulpit, a collection of 40 sermons and addresses from the founding president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. SHP is the publishing arm of Southwestern Seminary.
Adam W. Greenway, ninth president of Southwestern Seminary and editor of the Carroll Pulpit, writes in the book’s preface, “Benajah Harvey Carroll, our founder and first president, was a towering figure in Texas and Southern Baptist life during the last half of the 19th century and early decades of the 20th century. … While his most enduring institutional legacy was the seminary he founded in his later years, he was first and foremost a pastor and preacher of the Gospel—and his sermons were first and foremost his means of communicating God’s truth.”
Describing the collection as “a primer of Carroll’s homiletical and persuasive powers,” Greenway says these 40 sermons and addresses are of note “both for the importance of the subjects addressed and for the influence wrought by the messages.”
The volume reprints sermons originally published in the works Baptists and Their Doctrines and Evangelistic Sermons, as well as 19 additional messages from Carroll’s time as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Waco and president of Southwestern Seminary. These messages are a representative sample of the main themes and concerns of Carroll’s nearly 50 years of Gospel ministry in the pulpit, from his church, and from denominational platforms.
Among the 40 collected sermons are:
“Although these messages are from over a century ago,” writes Greenway, “we believe the truths expounded, beliefs taught, and convictions elucidated are ones that will well serve Southern Baptists and other Christians today and until Christ returns.”
In his foreword to the volume, Gregory A. Wills, research professor of church history and Baptist heritage, writes, “The publication of this volume by Seminary Hill Press fulfills a longstanding conviction that the life and thought of B.H. Carroll deserve renewed attention.”
Wills, director of the B.H. Carroll Center for Baptist Heritage and Mission, adds, “His life and thought can instruct and encourage pastors and churches in ways that seem peculiarly suited to help us address current challenges.”
The B. H. Carroll Pulpit is available for $24.99 at SeminaryHillPress.com. The book is the second in SHP’s Legacy Series. Last year, a 40th-anniversary edition of Baptists and the Bible by L. Russ Bush and Tom J. Nettles was published as the first title in the Legacy Series.
Below is the Table of Contents for The B. H. Carroll Pulpit:
Key Sermons and Messages
Baptists and Their Doctrines