This week the Brazos Fellows had the chance to discuss Jonathan Edwards with Bruce Hindmarsh. Bruce and his wife Carolyn were visiting from Regent College (Vancouver, BC), where he teaches the history of Christian spirituality and she teaches koine Greek. Together we read Edwards’ Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, a classic text that gives insight into the religious awakenings of the eighteenth century and the beginnings of the evangelical movement. It’s also a work that helps us as we wrestle with discernment, as we ask questions like, “Is this God at work here?”
Just as with Dr. Ralph Wood last week, I had the chance to sit down with Bruce to ask him “Five Questions in Ten Minutes.” We talked about a number of things: what the church can learn from early evangelical revivals, his favorite theological texts, and what he’s looking forward to reading and teaching next. You can listen to our conversation here:
Here’s where you can find several items we talked about:
- Edwards’ Distinguishing Marks is available in a $9 volume from Banner of Truth.
- Prof. Hindmarsh’s latest book, The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism, won the 2018 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in History. Here’s a great review of the book.
- Prayer by Hans Urs von Balthasar
- Subterranean Rome by Leonard Victor Rutgers
And finally, here’s where you can read more on and register for the course Bruce and Carolyn are leading through Italy this June, called “Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics: Italy from Early Church to Renaissance.”