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In the Name of God tells the story of two iconic figures of national lore. George W. Truett and J. Frank Norris dominated the ecclesiology and church culture of much of the first half of the twentieth century, not only in Texas, but in the whole of America. Norris, of First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, and Truett, of First Baptist Church in Dallas, lived lives of conflict and controversy. Each led one of the largest churches in the world in the 1920s and '30s. Each shot and killed a man, one by accident and the other in self-defense. Together, their lives were a panoply of intrigue, espionage, confrontation, manipulation, plotting, scheming, and even blackmail—in the name of God. Yet together . . . they changed the world.
|Title: In the Name of God: The Colliding Lives, Legends, and Legacies of J. Frank Norris and George W. Truett|
By: O.S. Hawkins
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound
Stock No: WW743196
David S. Dockery, distinguished professor of theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and president, International Alliance for Christian Education
"No one is better qualified to tell the untold story of Baptist legends J. Frank Norris and George W. Truett than my lifelong friend O. S. Hawkins. His own family roots run deep in the history of First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, and for several years he was one of George W. Truetts pastoral successors at the historic First Baptist Church in Fort Worth. This story of these entwining lives and legacies reads like a page-turning novel. It reveals the dangers of elevating denominational loyalty over scriptural fidelity."
Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
"Take two titanic personalities, two great cities, two famous pulpits, and two of the largest churches in the worldand then add two men shot dead, two rival visions of Christianity, two lasting legacies, and one earth-shaking feud, and you have O. S. Hawkins book, In the Name of God. This is one of the most fascinating stories of our time, written by the one man who has a claim upon the entire story. It is incredibly well told and tremendously relevant. I recommend it eagerly."
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"My roots are deep in First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, having been licensed and ordained to the ministry there. I have enjoyed every page of O. S. Hawkins book. It is accurate in its history and has restored some balance to the life of a man who has too often been reviled. O. S. has brought the characters to life againa few I actually knew and others whose stories I heard from eyewitnesses. Thank you for a great read."
Bill Monroe, pastor, Florence Baptist Temple, Florence, SC
"This book by O. S. Hawkins, a Texas legend in his own right, is a marvelous read. It is well-researched, historically conversant, and written by a biographer who has a keen, almost barrel-aged, understanding of the human soul and psyche. Hawkins is close to his subjects in that he clearly honors and, in some ways, reveres them. However, his study of Truett and Norris is never hagiographic. It presents each man in full color, and works in colorful and arresting portraits of their peers, Baptist titans like L. R. Scarborough, W. A. Criswell, and more. In the Name of God is indeed clear-eyed about how both Truett and Norris failed in different ways. The study of two contrasting styles yields much wisdom in the gleaning, and reminds this reviewer of the outstanding juxtaposition of Hitler and Churchill by elite biographer Andrew Roberts.
In sum, I regard this work with considerable respect and interest. It is academic and well-grounded in historical disputation but eminently readable and arresting. I learned numerous details from each mans career, and I found the material edifying and engrossing. Rehabilitating J. Frank Norris to some degree is a job for which there are few takers, but Hawkins succeeds in that task, and thus performs a service to the historical guild. All in all, In the Name of God is a rich study, and should make a real contribution to the conversation over this most vaunted of Baptist eras."
Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"O. S. Hawkins best-selling Code books are already considered devotional classics. His In the Name of God will become a primary source for those who want to understand Southern Baptist history in general and the Conservative Resurgence in particular. Dr. Hawkins reveals in a new and fresh way how the issues in the Conservative Resurgence simply reflected the earlier controversies of the 1920s in SBC life.
Some today, like George Truett of old, still place denominational loyalty over doctrinal fidelity while others, as Hawkins so skillfully shows, keep their priority grounded in doctrinal truth. Frank Norris rallying of thousands of pastors from the folks from the forks of the creeks was simply a harbinger of the mobilization of the masses of pastors supporting the inerrancy debate during the 1980s. No one yet has connected these dots as Hawkins so effectively does in this volume. Dr. Hawkinss unique perspective as a Fort Worth native and as the much-loved pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas qualify him to give us this vital resource."
Jerry Vines, pastor emeritus, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL, and two-time president, the Southern Baptist Convention
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