Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Father Mercer: The Story of a Baptist Statesman

Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Father Mercer: The Story of a Baptist Statesman

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Father Mercer: The Story of a Baptist Statesman. By Anthony L. Chute. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2011. 146 pp.

The Baptist story is full of sacrifice and suffering that have both enriched Baptist history and extended the movement's advance. This is true of Jesse Mercer. Anthony L. Chute has captured and communicated in his biography of this great Baptist leader "the story of a Baptist statesman."

Chute appropriately titled this leader's biography Father Mercer. In Mercer's day, these words of respect and spiritual kinship were given to this dedicated and disciplined servant of God's people.

Mercer sought to bridge the gap between Primitive Baptists and Missionary Baptists in hopes that Christian unity could be maintained for the greater benefit of all parties. When that was not possible, as a gracious man, Mercer turned his attention to earnest outreach and servanthood for the extension of the Gospel.

This is the story of a leader who significantly influenced Georgia Baptist life in the first half of the nineteenth century. Mercer played a key role in the development of Baptist associations, the Georgia Baptist Convention, Mercer University and ministerial education, and the Georgia Baptist paper, the Christian Index, which he donated to the Georgia Convention. In addition to these important contributions to Baptist life, Mercer remained a pastor at heart and a preacher of great influence throughout his life. …

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