Volume 5: The Inspiration of Ideals in the George W. Truett Library is a collection of addresses delivered by Dr. Truett on special occasions during his eventful life. Accordingly, ten varied addresses that range over forty-four years of his ministry, beginning with his graduating address at Baylor University in June, 1897, and concluding with an address delivered in February, 1941, at the dedication of a church building in South Carolina.
A few of the ten addresses in this volume include:
- The Leaf and the Life
- The Power of Convictions
- Baptists and Religious Liberty
About the Author
George W. Truett (1867-1944) was born in North Carolina and accepted Christ in 1886. In 1887, Truett founded the Hiawassee Academy in Towns County, Georgia, but followed his parents to Texas in 1889. The following year, Truett was ordained by Whitewright Baptist Church and soon thereafter Truett took the position of Financial Secretary of Baylor University. Truett began attending Baylor in 1893, began pastoring the East Waco Baptist Church the same year, and married Josephine Jenkins in 1894. Upon his graduation from Baylor, Truett accepted an invitation to pastor the First Baptist Church of Dallas. He remained in this position until his death in 1944.
Truett served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance. He was a trustee of numerous institutions and was a frequently requested speaker at churches and universities. During World War I, he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to preach to Allied Forces; and, in 1920, he made his famous address, Baptists and Religious Liberty, on the steps of Congress in Washington D.C.
Numerous health, religious, and educational institutions have designated memorials to him, but, perhaps, the most famous memorial is that of Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Many sermons, addresses, and messages of Truett's have been published, and he is considered one of the most influential men of his time.
He is one of the most notable figures of twentieth-century Christianity - a man to whom, along with millions of Americans, I owe a debt in spirit.