Dr. Rex Butler
Dr. Rex D. ButlerProfessor of Church History and Patristics
Occupying the John T. Westbrook Chair of Church History

Office: Dodd Building: Office 105
Office Phone: 504-282-4455 ext. 3214
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Home Phone: 504-373-5061
E-Mail: rbutler@nobts.edu

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 2002; Dissertation Title: "The New Prophecy and 'New Visions': Evidence of Montanism in The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas"
  • Master of Arts, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1970

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Church History and Patristics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2013-Present
  • Associate Professor of Church History and Patristics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2007--2013
  • Adjunct Professor, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2004-2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, 2003-2005
  • Adjunct Professor, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX, 1997-1998, 2006

Teaching Specializations

  • Church History
  • Early Church History
  • Baptism in the Early Church
  • Persecution & Martyrdom
  • Heresy & Orthodoxy
  • Women in the Church

Ministry Experience

  • Teacher, Bethel Colony South Bible Certificate Program, Introduction to the Bible, New Orelans, LA
  • Bible Study Leader, First Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA
  • Ministry coordinator/Music director, Waterford Retirement Center Chapel, Mission of Southcliff Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX, 2000-2007
  • Bible Study Leader, Education Committee Member, Southcliff Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX 1998-2007
  • Deacon, Bible Study Leader, Southcrest Baptist Church, Lubbock, TX, 1995-1998
  • Deacon (chairman), Finance-Budget Committee (chairman), Bible Study Leader, Trinity Baptist Church, Lubbock, TX, 1977-1979, 1984-1995
  • Deacon (ordained), Bible Study Leader, Northway Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, 1979-1984
  • Youth pastor (licensed to ministry), First Baptist Church, Littlefield, TX, 1975-1976

Publications

Books

  • The New Prophecy and "New Visions": Evidence of Montanism in The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2006)
  • The New Prophecy and "New Visions": Evidence of Montanism in The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas, Revised Edition (Mountain Home, AR: BorderStone Press, 2014)

Chapter

  • "Learning from Patristic Community Formation," in The Contemporary Church and the Early Church: Case Studies in Ressourcement, ed. Paul Hartog (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010)
  • “‘Orthodoxy’, ‘Heresy’, and Complexity: Montanism as a Case Study,” in Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christian Contexts, ed. Paul Hartog (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014)

Presentations

  • “‘Orthodoxy’, ‘Heresy’, and Complexity: Montanism as a Case Study,” presented at National Evangelical Theological Society Conference, San Francisco, California, November 16, 2011 , November 20, 2008
  • "Learning from Patristic Community Formation and Maintenance," presented at National Evangelical Theological Society Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, November 20, 2008
  • "Visible Sacrament, Sacred Sign: Symbolism and Sacramentalism of Augustine's Understanding of Baptism," presented at National Evangelical Theological Society Conference, San Diego, California, November 16, 2007
  • “The Baptismal Practice and Theology of Tertullian and Cyprian,” presented at Regional Evangelical Theological Society Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, March 24, 2006.
  • “Perpetua’s Use of Sacred Writings,” presented at National Evangelical Theological Society Conference, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, November 17, 2005.
  • “Sacramentum: Baptismal Theology and Practice in Third-Century North Africa,” presented at National Evangelical Theological Society Conference, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, November 17, 2005.
  • “An Evangelical Triangle: The Relationship between the Keswick Higher Life Movement, Pentecostalism, and Fundamentalism,” presented at Southwest Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, Irving, Texas, March 12, 2005.
  • “The Eastern Church Fathers,” presented at Discipleship Seminars, First Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas, February 13 and 20, 2005.
  • “Tertullianism: Tertullian’s Vision for the New Prophecy in North Africa,” presented at National Evangelical Theological Society Conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 18, 2004.
  • “Apocalyptic Literature and the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas,” presented at Southwest Regional American Academy of Religion Meeting, Irving, Texas, March 6, 2004.
  • “The Use of Sacred Writings in the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas,” presented at Second Century Seminar, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, February 20, 2003.
  • “Persecution and Martyrdom in the History of the Church,” participated in Panel Discussion, Dallas Baptist University, October, 1999.

Baptist Heritage Origin and Distinctives

Baptist Heritage 16th Century Background

Baptist Heritage Rise of General and Particular Baptists

Baptist Heritage Baptist Confessions

History of Christianity 1 Context

History of Christianity 1 Persecution

History of Christianity 1 AnteNicene Leaders

History of Christianity 1 AnteNiceneChurch

History of Christianity 2 Background of Reformation

History of Christianity 2 Martin Luther

History of Christianity 2 Luther's Theology

History of Christianity 2 Ulrich Zwingli

History of Christianity 2 Anabaptists

Heresy and Orthodoxy - Tertullian

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