Baptist Historical Society Annual Lecture

1979 – Leonard Champion – ‘Evangelical Calvinism and the Structures of Baptist Church Life’

1981 – Alan Kreider – ‘The Servant is not Greater than His Master”: The Anabaptists and the Suffering Church

1993 – Raymond Brown – ‘Fear not what men say’: Bedfordshire non-conformist devotions – the Agnes Beaumont story (1674)’

1997 – John H. Y. Briggs – ‘The Life and Growth of Baptists in Birmingham in the Nineteenth Century’

2001 – David Wykes – ‘Joshua Toulmin: Taunton Baptist minister, historian and religious radical’

2003 – Ian Randall

2004 – Peter Morden – ‘Andrew Fuller and the Baptist Missionary Society’

2005 – Ian Randall – ‘The English Baptists of the 20th Century’

2006 – Chris Ellis – ‘Skeltons in the Cupboard? Order and Flexibility in Baptist Worship’

2007 – Brian Haymes – ‘On Religious Liberty: re-reading A Short Declaration of Iniquity in London in 2005’

2008 – Faith Bowers – ‘A Lively, Capable and Creative Unit: The Baptist Historical Society 1908-2008’

2010 – Clyde Binfield – \How Free? how New? How Suburban? The Establishment of Dissent in Hamstead Garden Suburb

2011 – Stephen Holmes – ‘The Bible as the Word of Christ in Seventeenth-Century Baptist Thought’

2013 – David Bebbington – ‘The Baptist Colleges in the Mid-Nineteenth Century’

2014 – Andy Vail – ‘Birmingham Baptists and the First World War’

2015 – Israel Olofinjana – ‘Reverse Mission’

Baptist Identity into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Ken Manley edited by Frank Rees (Whitley College, 2016)

1. Marita Munro – The life of Ken Manley

2. Brian Haymes – One church, one faith, one Lord: Questions of Baptist identity

3. John Briggs -Memory, vision and mission: What our yesterdays have to say to our todays and tomorrows

4. Graeme Hatfield -Contributing to the global conversation on Baptist identity

5. Mark Brett – A suitably English Abraham: Emigration to Australia in the nineteenth century

6. Keith Dyer – Suitably Abrahamic Australians? The Bible and Baptists in the twenty-first century

7. John Olley -Shaped by the Bible: Acting together in the continuing drama

8. Merrill Kitchen -Women in ministry

9. Ros Gooden – Baeyertz and barley loaves: Women in Christian ministry

10. Carolyn Francis – Women in ministry: Hopes and challenges

11. Graeme Garrett – Where is “ … and earth” ? Learning to preach in the Anthropocene

12. Geoff Pound – Sharing the ministry of preaching

13. Allan G. Demond – Homiletic friends: An appreciative response to Graeme Garrett

14. Ross Clifford – Mission in the Australian context

15. Tim Costello – World mission: Seeking the prophetic Baptist voice

16. Neville Callam – Baptists in bilateral theological dialogue

17. Tony Cupit – Baptist identity into the 21st  century

18. Keith Clements – The ecumenical Baptist future

19. Paul S. Fiddes –  Baptists and theological education: A vision for the twenty-first century

20. Thorwald Lorenz – Life-long learning: In conversation with Paul Fiddes

21. Frank Rees – Why has no-one ever told me about this?

Challenge and Change: English Baptist Life in the Eighteenth Century edited by Stephen Copson and Peter Morden (Baptist Historical Society, 2017)

This new book out later in March is designed to accompany and offer further research to the early volume The English Baptists in the 18th Century by Raymond Brown (1986).

Continuity and Change: Particular Baptists in the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’ (1689–1815)  – Peter J. Morden

General Baptists in the Eighteenth Century – Stephen L. Copson

New Connexion General Baptists, 1770–1813 – J.H.Y. Briggs

The Beauty of Social Religion: Local Baptist Life in the Eighteenth Century – Christopher J. Ellis

Baptists at Home – Karen E. Smith

Baptists and the Wider Community – J.H.Y. Briggs

Baptists and National Politics in Late Eighteenth-century England – James E. Bradley

‘With light, beauty, and power’: Educating English Baptists in the Long Eighteenth Century – Michael A.G. Haykin

‘No sanctuary for Philistines’: Baptists and Culture in the Eighteenth Century – Timothy Whelan

After the Benediction: Eighteenth-century Baptist Laity – Faith and Brian Bowers

Baptists in the Eighteenth Century: Relations with Other Christians – David Thompson

Diamond Jubilee / C. R. Batten Lecture (London Baptist Preacher’s Association)

1966 – L. G. Champion – Biblical Preaching in the Contemporary Situation

1967 – G. Henton Davies – Preaching the Lord’s Supper

1968 – John Stott – The Call to Preach

1969 – G. R. Beasley-Murray – Evangelising the Post-Christian Man

1970 – Ernest Payne – Between Yesterday and Tomorrow: The Church Facing the Future

1971 – W. M. S. West – Ministry Today

1972 – Gordon Rupp – THE WORD and the words

1973 – B. R. White – Preaching for Conversion

1974 – Stuart Blanch – The Bible and the Church

1975 – Raymond Brown – Preaching in the Early Church

1976 – John Hustable – The Wisdom of God

1977 – Rex Mason – The Preacher’s Dilemma

1978 – R. E. O. White – Gift versus Training in Christian Work and Worship

1979 – Donald English – Anything to Declare: Reflections on Telling Others about the Faith

1981 – David Sheppard – Finding the Word of God Today

1982 – David S. Russell – Preaching and the Word of God

1983 – F. F. Bruce – St. Paul the Preacher

1984 – Michael Griffiths – Unity – of the Spirit and of the Faith

1986 – H. Howard Williams – If Words Mean Anything

1987 – Michael Walker – Preaching at the Lord’s Table

1988 – Tom Houston – Communicating the Good News in a Television Age

1989 – Peter Cottrell – Disaster and Disorder: The Human Predicament

1990 – Michael Baughen – Communicating the Faith in Today’s World

1991 – Paul Fiddes – The Trinity in Worship and Preaching

1992 – Malcolm Goodspeed – Team Ministry

1993 – R. T. Kendall – The Anointed Preacher

1994 – Bernard Green – Let God Speak the Word and Worship

1995 – Brian Haymes – Integrity in Preaching

1996 – Derek Tidball – Preaching to an Endangered Species

1997 – Michael Quicke – What Makes the Preacher?

1998 – Stuart Murray – Interactive Preaching

1999 – Douglas McBain – Towards a Balanced Public Ministry

2000 – Peter Wortley – Would you Adam and Eve it?

2001 – Nigel Wright – The Open Church: Exploring the Strange World of the Congregation

2002 Pat Took – Tough Glory: The Priesthood of all Believers

2003 – Myra Blyth – Pilgrim People – inclusive community?

New Book from Ian Birch on early Calvinistic Baptists


Ian Birch (Principal, Scottish Baptist College) has published his recent PhD (University of St. Andrew’s)

To Follow the Lambe Wheresoever He Goeth: The Ecclesial Polity of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1640-1660

The book explores the doctrine of the church among English Calvinistic Baptists between 1640 and 1660. It examines the emergence of Calvinistic Baptists against the background of the demise of the Episcopal Church of England, the establishment by Act of Parliament of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, and the attempted foundation of a Presbyterian Church of England. Ecclesiology was one of the most important doctrines under consideration in this phase of English history, and this book is a contribution to understanding alternative forms of ecclesiology outside of the mainstream National Church settlement.

It argues that the development of Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology was a natural development of one stream of Puritan theology, the tradition associated with Robert Brown, and the English separatist movement. This tradition was refined and made experimental in the work of Henry Jacob, who founded a congregation in London in 1616 from which Calvinistic Baptists emerged. Central to Jacob’s ideology was the belief that a rightly ordered church acknowledged Christ as King over his people. The christological priority of early Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology will constitute the primary contribution of this study to the investigation of dissenting theology in the period.

British Baptists and the Lord’s Supper

R. L. Child (ed.), The Lord’s Supper A Baptist Statement (Baptist Union, 1951)

Michael J. Walker, Baptists at the Table (1992)

Paul Beasley-Murray, ‘Celebrating the Faith at the Lord’s Table‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1994)

Jon Green, ‘A Baptist Dilemma: Children, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1995)

Keith Jones, A Shared Meal and a Common Table (1999)

Robert Ellis, ‘Gathered at the Table’, Baptist Minister’s Journal (1999)

John Weaver, ‘The Eucharist: Celebration and Participation‘, Baptist Minister’s Journal (2000)

Paul Fiddes, ‘The Church as a Eucharist Community: A Baptist Contribution’ in Tracks and Traces (2003)

Christopher J. Ellis, ‘In Memory of Me: The Spirituality of the Supper’ in Gathering (2004)

John Colwell, ‘The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper’ in Promise and Presence (2005)

Nigel Wright, ‘The Feast of Life’ in Free Church, Free State (2005)

John Weaver, ‘Spirituality in Everyday life: The View from the Table’ in Under the Rule of Christ (2008)

Anthony Clarke, ‘A Feast for all? Reflecting on Open Communion for the Contemporary Church’ in Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (2008)

Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne and Anthony R. Cross, ‘The Lord’s Supper’ in On Being the Church (2008)

Ruth Gouldbourne, ‘Encountering Christ: Zwingli, Signs and Baptists around the Table’ in For the Sake of the Church (2014)

Stephen Finamore, ‘Veiled Presence: The Risen Christ in Spurgeon’s Great Communion Hymn and Baptist Communion Rituals’ in For the Sake of the Church (2014)

British Baptist Historians 10: Roger Hayden

MA (Cambridge), PhD (Keele)

‘What are the Qualifications of a Gospel Minister?’, Baptist Quarterly 19.8 (1962)

‘John Taylor (1831–1901) and the Records of Northants Nonconformity’, Baptist Quarterly 24.7 (1972)

(ed.), The Records of a Church of Christ in Bristol, 1640-1687 (Bristol Records Society, 1974)

(ed.), Baptist Union Documents 1948-1977 (Baptist Historical Society, 1980)

‘The Faith and Other Faiths’ in A Call to Mind (Baptist Union, 1981)

‘Still At the Crossroads? – Rev J H Shakespeare and Ecumenism’ in Keith Clements (ed.), Baptists in the Twentieth Century (Baptist Historical Society, 1983)

‘Baptists, Covenant and Confessions’ in Bound To Love (Baptist Union, 1985)

‘The Particular Baptist Confession 1689 and Baptists Today,’ Baptist Quarterly 32.8 (October 1988)

‘Believers Baptised: An Anthology’ in Paul S. Fiddes (ed.), Reflections on the Water (Smyth and Helwys, 1996)

‘The Stillness and the Dancing: An Appreciation of Leonard G. Champion’ in Roger Hayden and Brian Haymes (eds.), Bible, History and Ministry (Bristol Baptist College, 1997)

‘Leonard George Champion 1907-1997’, Baptist Quarterly 37.5 (January 1998)

‘The Contribution of Bernard Foskett’ in William Brackney, Paul S. Fiddes and John H. Y. Briggs (eds.), Pilgrim Pathways: Essays in Baptist History in Honour B. R. White (Mercer, 1999)

‘Caleb Evans and the anti-slavery question’ Baptist Quarterly 39.1 (January 2001)

English Baptist History and Heritage (Baptist Union, 2005)

Continuity and ChangeEvangelical Calvinism Among Eighteenth-century Baptist Ministers Trained at Bristol Academy, 1690-1791 (Baptist Historical Society, 2006)

‘Caleb Evans and the Anti-Slavery Question’ in John H. Y. Briggs (ed.), Pulpit and People: Studies in Eighteenth Century Baptist Life and Thought (Paternoster, 2009)

‘Bernard Foskett and Abingdon, 1743-5’, Baptist Quarterly 43.2 (2009)

‘Enlightened Evangelicalism. Review Article’, Baptist Quarterly 44.6 (2012)

‘Caleb Evans: ‘Remembering Former Days’: Using the past to discern present boundaries’, Baptist Quarterly 45.7 (2014)

‘‘Able and Evangelical Ministers’: The Beginnings of Ministerial Formation at Bristol Baptist College’, Baptist Quarterly (July 2016)