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About Obbie

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Obbie is pastor of Third Baptist Church of Marion, Illinois and adjunct professor of theology at Luther Rice College & Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia. He holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky, an M.Div. and a Th.M. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Obbie enjoys reading American religious history, running outside, and hiking in Southern Illinois with his wife Kelly and their twins, Roman and Ruby. He is a native of Kentucky and a lover of the Bluegrass State. Obbie has been published in a dozen academic journals and contributed chapters in several edited volumes. He has written four books, including The Moral Governmental Theory of Atonement: Re-Envisioning Penal Substitution (Cascade, 2021), A Baptist at the Crossroads: The Atonement in the Writings of Richard Furman (1755–1825) (Pickwick, 2021), Southern Edwardseans: The Southern Baptist Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (V&R, 2022), and Let Men Be Free: Baptist Politics in the Early United States, 1776–1835 (Pickwick, 2022). Obbie recently signed a contract with LSU Press to write a biography on the Beecher family. You can contact Obbie at and follow Obbie on Twitter at @obbietyler!

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