On 16 December 1714 (O.S.), George Whitefield was born at the Bell Inn, Southgate Street, Gloucester. This past week, his birthday was commemorated on Twitter with the hashtag #Whitefield300 at the suggestion of Whitefield biographer Thomas Kidd.
I used IFTTT to archive the tweet stream. At first, I was just appending the tweets to an Evernote file. When I set that up, I didn’t know that IFTTT is limited to only 30 updates to Evernote per hour, which obviously didn’t work out too well once the volume picked up on the morning of December 16. Once I realized what was going on, I set up a Google Sheet to collect the tweet stream, and this seems to have been much more reliable.
Below is my attempt to compile some of the resources available on Whitefield, including links to my Google Sheet and Evernote file. If I have missed anything of significance, please drop me a line (email duncan-at-duncanjohnson-dot-ca or tweet @dtjohnso) and I’ll be glad to update the list.
The tweet stream includes many Whitefield quotations, as well as links to other resources.
- Twitter search
- Google Sheet (includes tweets from December 16, 2014 at 09:18AM UTC-7 onwards)
- Evernote (includes some early tweets that do not appear in the Google Sheet)
There were three conferences this year commemorating Whitefield. I attended and enjoyed the conference at Southern.
- “George Whitefield at 300: An International Tercentenary Conference” at Pembroke College, Oxford, 25–27 June 2014 - Official page, followup post by Jessica Parr
- “Whitefield and the Great Awakening, Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies 8th Annual Conference” at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 21–22 October 2014 - My preview post, Free video and audio of all the sessions
- “George Whitefield at 300: Remembering the Eighteenth Century’s Greatest Revivalist” at Baylor University, 13–14 November 2014 - Official page, Video of panel sessions
“The Science of Sound: Whitefield’s Massive Crowds,” Accessed January 12, 2014.
Kidd, Thomas. “George Whitefield and Slavery,” June 19, 2014. Accessed June 19, 2014.
The Grand Itinerant: George Whitefield at 300. A digital collection of Whitefield-related materials collected by Princeton Theological Seminary. Includes a number of original documents, including one of Whitefield’s hand-written journals.
Lecture Video & Audio
Trueman, Carl. “George Whitefield: Preacher, Celebrity, Saint”, 2014.
Kidd, Thomas S. “George Whitefield: Lessons from the Eighteenth Century’s Greatest Evangelist.” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014.
A four-session conference, “George Whitefield and the Great Awakening” at West Toronto Baptist Church:
- Michael Haykin, George Whitefield and the Great Awakening, Part 1
- Michael Haykin, George Whitefield and the Great Awakening, Q&A
- Michael Haykin, George Whitefield and the Great Awakening, Part 2
- Ian Clary, The Marks of True Conversion: A Sermon of George Whitefield
Online Journal and Magazine Articles
Clary, Ian. “Pastor-Historian: Arnold Dallimore and the Writing of Whitefield.” The Reformed Theological Review 73, no. 2 (August 2014): 117–132.
Haykin, Michael A. G. “George Whitefield: A Man Of Focus From The Eighteenth Century.” Thrive: The EB Online. Accessed November 24, 2014.
The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 18, no 2 (Summer 2014) was dedicated to the legacy of Whitefield. Individual articles are linked below:
- Stephen J. Wellum, Editorial: “The Life and Legacy of George Whitefield (1714-1770)” by
- Michael Haykin, “The Christian Life in the Thought of George Whitefield”
- Digby James, “Who is the Greatest Preacher? The Life and Legacy of George Whitefield”
- Jeongmo Yoo, “George Whitefield’s Doctrine of Christ”
- Lee Gatiss, “George Whitefield — The Anglican Evangelist”
- Introduced and Edited by Michael A. G. Haykin, “Writing to George Whitefield: A letter from Anne Dutton on Sinless Perfection”
- Introduced and Edited by Michael A. G. Haykin, George Whitefield Sermon: ‘The Indwelling of the Spirit the Common Privilege of All Believers.’
- Introduced and Edited by Michael A. G. Haykin, George Whitefield Sermon: “Christ, the Believer’s Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption”
- The SBJT Forum
Credo magazine did an issue titled “George Whitefield at 300.”
Primary Source Texts
Haykin, Michael A. G., ed. The Revived Puritan: The Spirituality of George Whitefield. Classics of Reformed Spirituality. Dundas, Ont: Joshua Press, 2000. Available from CBD.
Biographies and Historical Analysis
Belcher, Joseph. George Whitefield: A Biography, with Special Reference to His Labors in America. New York, American Tract Society, 1857. Accessed December 17, 2014. Available at Archive.org.
Gillies, John. Memoirs of Rev. George Whitefield. Hunt & Noyes, 1839. Accessed December 17, 2014. Available at Archive.org.
Haykin, Michael A. G. Bitesize Biographies: George Whitefield. First edition. Evangelical Press, 2014.
Kidd, Thomas S. George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014. Available from Amazon and CBD or on Kindle. See also Justin Taylor’s interview with Kidd.
Lambert, Frank. “Pedlar in Divinity”: George Whitefield and the Transatlantic Revivals, 1737-1770. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2002. Available from Amazon.
Mahaffey, Jerome Dean. Preaching Politics: The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007. Available from Amazon and CBD or on Kindle.
Noll, Mark. The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys. A History of Evangelicalism: People, Movements and Ideas in the English-Speaking World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003. Available from Amazon and CBD.
Parr, Jessica M. Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2015.
Piper, John. Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C.S. Lewis. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. Available from Amazon and CBD or on Kindle.
Ryle, J. C. The Christian Leaders of England in the Eighteenth Century. London, C.J. Thynne & Jarvis, 1868. Accessed December 17, 2014. Available at Archive.org.
[Update Jan 27, 2015: Added link to Baylor ISR conference session videos.]