We all ought to read more biographies, especially of men of God who have greatly influenced church history. John Broadus was a nineteenth-century Baptist and Greek scholar and was one of the men who founded Southern Baptist Seminary. The book is written by his successor and son-in-law, A.T. Robertson.
Robertson collected correspondence to and from Broadus over his career as teacher, writer and preacher, and arranged them in order along with many historical notes. Among the long list of well-known names with whom Broadus corresponded are William McGuffey, Philip Schaff, Dr. Thayer, Dr. Lightfoot, B.F. Westcott, Robert E. Lee, C.H. Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, B.H. Carroll, A.H. Newman, B.B. Warfield, Thomas Armitage, A.J. Gordon, W.F. Moulton, and many more. As Dr. Clearwaters said in his own autobiography, “there were giants in the earth in those days.”
Broadus is best known for his text on homiletics, Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. A.T. Robertson, who himself had been a Broadus pupil wrote, “Oh, the rapture of the days when one could hear Broadus lecture in New Testament English or in Homiletics! It was worth a day’s journey to any man. . . . It was the rare combination of scholar, teacher, preacher that met you in the classroom.” Praise the Lord for such men whom we’ve known.