This October—two months before George Whitefield’s 300th birthday—the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies will hold a conference on George Whitefield and the Great Awakening at Southern Seminary in Louisville. Several excellent historians, including David Bebbington, Thomas Kidd, Lee Gattis, Steve Nichols, and Bruce Hindmarsh—will give presentations on Whitefield and his significance. You can find the schedule and register online.

That same month Yale University Press will publish Kidd’s George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father. Mark Noll says that ”This superb chronicle of George Whitefield’s life is now our fullest biography for the much-studied and much-debated eighteenth-century evangelist. It combines unusual empathy with unusual comprehension.” And J. I. Packer calls it ”Thoroughly researched, and rooted in an exact knowledge of Whitefield’s times; critically perceptive while remaining appreciatively sympathetic; this is the best balanced and most illuminating chronicle of the Anglo-American Awakener’s career that has yet been produced.”

If you want to read Whitefield’s sermons for yourself, this two-volume set is the thing to get.