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Phillipsburg, NJ—P&R Publishing is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Nettles, author of James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesman, has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2010 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography.

The John Pollock Award for Christian Biography is awarded each year by Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, and carries a cash prize of $5,000 to the author. The winner will be announced in late May and an award presentation will be scheduled for sometime in the Fall. Typically, the presentation includes a public lecture by the selected author at the Samford University campus in Birmingham, Alabama.

James Petigru Boyce, published June 2009, chronicles Boyce’s founding of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The biography focuses on Boyce’s theological development, his lifelong struggle in establishing the Seminary and the theological controversies that shaped Baptists in the last half of the nineteenth century.

Al Mohler, current president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, calls the biography, “A masterpiece, combining keen insights with a definitive historical account.”

Other finalists for the 2010 award are Herman Selderhuis for Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life (IVP) and John Wigger for American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists (Oxford). Upon learning of the nomination, Nettles responded, “What an honor even to be included in this list.”

The Pollock Award is named for the British author of more than 30 books on religion, the majority of them being biographies of Christian leaders. Beeson Divinity School established the award in 2001. Recent recipients include Barry Hankins (2009) for Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America (Eerdmans) and Jonathan Aitken (2008) for John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace (Crossway).

Dr. Thomas J. Nettles is professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America today. He formerly served as Chair of the Department of Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Nettles is the author or editor of several books including By His Grace and For His Glory and Baptists and the Bible.