Evangelical Revival and the Missionary Awakening
Though the audio recording is incomplete, Timothy George offers ten (numbers 7-10 are included in this audio recording) motives behind the missionary awakening born out of the evangelical revival of the 1790s and the early nineteenth century: (7) love and compassion for the unsaved, (8) to build the visible church around the world, (9) the expectation of the fulfillment of biblical prophecies including Christ’s return, and (10) the command of Christ in the Great Commission itself. The rest of George’s list as well as more details of William Carey’s involvement in the inauguration of the modern missions movement can be found in George’s chapter of The Great Commission: Evangelicals and the History of World Missions.
Timothy George has been founding dean of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School since its inception in 1988. George teaches church history and doctrine in addition to his administrative roles. He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (A.B.), Harvard Divinity School (M.Div.), and Harvard University (Th.D.). George has a leadership or editorial role in numerous entities including the Baptist World Alliance, Wheaton College, Christianity Today, First Things, Harvard Theological Review, and Books & Culture. He has also written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. George’s Theology of the Reformers is the standard textbook on Reformation theology in many schools and seminaries. He and his wife, Denise, have two adult children.