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.

#Whitefield300 Tweets

The tweet stream includes many Whitefield quotations, as well as links to other resources.


There were three conferences this year commemorating Whitefield. I attended and enjoyed the conference at Southern.

Blog posts

“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:

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:

Credo magazine did an issue titled “George Whitefield at 300.”


Primary Source Texts

Gatiss, Lee, ed. The Sermons of George Whitefield. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012. Available from Amazon and CBD or on Kindle.

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.

Dallimore, Arnold A. George Whitefield: God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century. Westchester, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2010. Available from Amazon and CBD or on Kindle.

———. George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century Revival. 2 vols. London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1970. Available from Amazon and CBD.

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.

Lawson, Steven J. The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2014. Available from Amazon and CBD or on Kindle.

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.

———. The Accidental Revolutionary: George Whitefield and the Creation of America. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2011. 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.

Stout, Harry S. The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism. Grand Rapids, Mich: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991. Available from Amazon and CBD or on Kindle.

[Update Jan 27, 2015: Added link to Baylor ISR conference session videos.]