That’s the question I asked when I first heard that my friend and fellow-blogger from Tennessee, Steve Weaver, was doing his graduate studies on him. Now I get to find out, because Steve and Michael Haykin have just penned a new book on this 17th century Baptist pastor entitled: Devoted to the Service of the Temple: Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins.
Why should you read it?
3 reasons: 1.) It’s only $10 (actually you can get it for around $7.50 from the link below), so I hope the low price will encourage a wide readership. 2.) Because Steve says, “I believe that Hercules Collins still has a lot to say to today’s generation. This book allows Collins although being dead, to speak.” 3.) Steve would like to keep the door open for future Hercules Collins projects down the road. The more of these books which sell will help his case in publishing other stuff in the future.
Here’s the info on the book:
While largely forgotten in modern times, Hercules Collins (1646/7-1702) was highly influential among the late 17th and early 18th century Calvinistic Baptists of London. Through a biographical sketch and 35 sample selections collected from Collins’s writings, Michael A. G. Haykin and Steve Weaver introduce us to the vibrant spirituality of this colossal figure.
FORMAT: Paperback, 160 pages
RETAIL PRICE: $10.00
“Hercules Collins is one of the great figures from our Baptist heritage—a pastor who suffered much for the cause of Christ and left a great legacy for generations that followed. There is something especially compelling about the witness of a man who was oppressed and imprisoned for his faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The witness of Hercules Collins as pastor, prisoner, and preacher is worthy of the closest attention in our own times. We are indebted to Michael Haykin and Steve Weaver for bringing Hercules Collins to life for a new generation.” —R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR.
“The secret of Collins’s courage and strength lay in his relationship with the Lord Christ. The enormous contemporary value of reading his life and writings is not just in its exposition of his evangelistic methodology, and its indirect comments on today’s broader theological scene, but in the inspiration it gives to the heart of each Christian for growth in grace and deeper spirituality.” —GEOFF THOMAS
“We are indebted to Michael Haykin and Steve Weaver for these carefully chosen selections …. For too long Baptists have had little access to the richness of their theological tradition. We have a great past, and many able servants have given their lives to the cause of our churches, and yet so few of their works have been reprinted. This book continues a very encouraging recent trend, in which the best works are being restored to print. May the Lord bless this book, and the efforts of its editors.” – From the FOREWARD by JAMES M. RENIHAN
MICHAEL A. G. HAYKIN is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky & Research Professor of Irish Baptist College, Constituent College of Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland.
STEVE WEAVER is the pastor of West Broadway Baptist Church in Lenoir City, Tennessee.