Download A Leading Question by Paul Fiddes

The BUGB website has now added Paul Fiddes’ A Leading Question to its list of free downloads. This is a 30-40 page book written by Paul in the mid-1980s on the subject of leadership in Baptist churches. Well worth a read. On a related note, I have written a short article in the latest Baptist Minister’s Journal on leadership amongst Baptists.


A Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought, Gen. Ed. J. H Y. Briggs (Vol 33, SBHT, Paternoster, 2009)

Eight years in the making. This is a fantastic and unique dictionary of Baptist life and theology written by Baptists. John Briggs is to be congratulated in pulling the project together … we looked forward to its companion biographical dictionary of Baptists in the future. John is stepping down soon from his position as Director of the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage (at Regent’s Park College) and will be replaced by Anthony R. Cross. 

Contributers include: Keith Jones, Ian Randall, Anthony R. Cross, Derek Tidball, Catriona Gorton, Ernest Lucas, John Weaver, Karen Smith, Paul Fiddes, Paul Goodliff, Nigel Wright, Stephen Holmes, Nicholas Wood, Roger Hayden

With entries (amongst many others) on: atonement, baptism, BWA, bible, BUiLD, Calvin, catechumenate, charismatic movement, children, christology, church discipline, church meeting, covenants, ecclesiology, ecumenical movement, evolution, free will, gospel and culture, homosexuality, incarnation, infant baptism, IBTS, love, Luther, ministries, ordination, pastoral call, pneumatology, practical theology, preaching, prophecy, Regent’s Park College, sacrament, sin, suffering, systematic theology, tithing, trinity, women, worship, youth work

British Baptist Historians 2: Ian M. Randall

1980-83 Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

MPhil (London Bible College)
PhD (University of Wales)

1992-2007 Tutor in church history and spirituality, Spurgeon’s College
1999 to 2002 Director of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies, International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic.
2002 – Senior Research Fellow, International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, Czech Republic.
2007- Director of Research, Spurgeon’s College

2009-2014  Editor, Baptist Quarterly

Major Publications

‘Mere Denominationalism: F B Meyer and Baptist Life’, Baptist Quarterly 25.1 (1993)

‘Capturing Keswick: Baptists and the Changing Spirituality of the Keswick Convention in the 1920s’, Baptist Quarterly 36.7 (1996)

‘”Austere Ritual”: the Reformation of Worship in Inter-War English Congregationalism’ in R. N. Swanson (ed.), Continuity and Change in Christian Worship. Studies in Church History Vol 35 (Boydell, 1999)

Evangelical Experiences: A Study in Spirituality of English Evangelicalism 1918-1939 (Paternoster, 1999)

‘”Arresting People for Christ”: Baptists and the Oxford Group in the 1930s’, Baptist Quarterly 38.1 (1999)

Educating Evangelicalism: The Origins, Development and Impact of London Bible College (Paternoster, 2000)

with Charles Price, Transforming Keswick (Paternoster, 2000)

‘”Pious Wishes” Baptist Quarterly 38.7 (July 2000)

with David Hilborn, One Body in Christ: The history and significance of the Evangelical Alliance (Paternoster, 2001)

‘The blessings of an enlightened Christianity : North American involvement in European Baptist origins’, American Baptist Quarterly 20.1 (2001)

‘”Days of Pentecostal Overflowing”: Baptists and the Shaping of Pentecostalism’ in D. Bebbington (ed.), The Gospel in the World. SBHT Vol 1 (Paternoster, 2002)

‘”Every Apostolic Church a Mission Society”: European Baptist Origins and Identity’ in Anthony R. Cross (ed.), Ecumenism and History: Studies in Honour of John H. Y. Briggs (Paternoster, 2002)

with Tim Grass, ‘C. H. Spurgeon on the Sacraments’ in A. R. Cross and P. E. Thompson (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism. SBHT Vol 5 (Paternoster, 2003)

Spirituality and Social Change: The Contribution of F.B. Meyer (1847-1929) (Paternoster Press, 2003)

‘A Good Bench of Bishops?’ in S. Murray-Williams (ed.), Translocal Ministry (Baptist Union, 2004)

The English Baptists of the 20th Century (Baptist Historical Society, 2005)

‘The Breath of Revival’: The Welsh Revival and Spurgeon’s College’ Baptist Quarterly 40.4 (2005)

‘English Baptists in the Twentieth Century’ Baptist Quarterly 41.7 (2005)

“‘The Low Condition of the Churches’: Difficulties Faced by the General Baptists in England – the 1680s to the 1760s”, Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 1.1 (October 2005), 3-19.

What a Friend we have in Jesus: The Evangelical Tradition (Darton, Longmann & Todd, 2005)

‘A Mission Spirituality: Moravian Brethren and eighteen-century English evangelicalism’, Transformation 23.4 (October 2006)

‘Introduction’ in I. M. Randall, T. Pilli & A. R. Cross, Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Studies. SHBT Vol. 26 (Paternoster, 2006)

‘Mission in post-Christendom: Anabaptist and Free Church Perspectives’, Evangelical Quarterly LXXXIX.3 (Jul 2007)

‘”The world is our parish”: Spurgeon’s college and World Mission, 1856-1892’ in I. Randall & A. R. Cross (eds.), Baptists and Mission. SBHT Vol 29 (Paternoster, 2007)

‘Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Pastor’s College and the Downgrade Controversy’ in K. Cooper and J. Gregory (eds.), Discipline and Diversity. Studies in Church History Vol 43 (Boydell, 2007)

‘Baptist Revival and Renewal in the 1960s’ in K. Cooper & J. Gregory (eds.), Revival and Resurgence in Christian History. Studies in Church History Vol 44 (Boydell, 2008)

‘The Baptist Convictions of Martin Luther King Jr.’, Journal of European Baptist Studies 9 (2008), pp.5-21

Communities of Conviction: Baptist Beginnings in Europe and the Middle East (European Baptist Federation, 2009)

‘Part of a movement: Nigel Wright and Baptist Life’ in P. Lalleman (ed.), Challenging to Change: Dialogues with a radical baptist theologian. Essays presented to Dr Nigel G. Wright on his sixtieth birthday (Spurgeon’s College, 2009)

‘Tracing Baptist Theological Footprints: A European Perspective’, Perspectives in Religious Studies 36.2 (Summer 2009)

Rhythms of Revival: The Spiritual Awakening of 1847-1863 (Paternoster, 2010)

‘Baptist-Anabaptist Identity among European Baptists since the 1950s’ in John H. Y. Briggs and A. R. Cross (ed.), Baptists and the World: Renewing the World (Regent’s Park, 2011)

Religious Liberty in Continental Europe: Campaigning by British Baptists, 1840s to 1930s. The 2012 Whitley Lecture (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2012)

‘Baptist Growth in England’ in David Goodhew (ed.), Church Growth in Britain: 1980 to the Present (Ashgate, 2012)

‘A Believing Church: Baptist Perspectives on Anabaptism’, Baptistic Theologies 5.1 (Spring 2013)

‘Baptists and the First World War: The Place of Pacifism’ in Step into Your Place: The First World War and Baptist Life and Thought edited by Larry Kreitzer (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, 2014)

‘The East African Revival and British Evangelical Spirituality’ in Pathways and Patterns in History: Essays on Baptists, Evangelicals and the Modern World in Honour of David Bebbington (Spurgeon’s College, 2015)

‘English Baptists and the Peace Movement: From World War I to World War II’, Baptistic Theologies 9.2 (2017)

‘Epiphany: The One Who is Revealed’ in Rhythms of Faithfulness: Essays in Honor of John E. Colwell edited by Andy Goodliff and Paul Goodliff (Pickwick, 2018)

A Christian Peace Experiment: The Bruderhof Community in Britain, 1933-1942 (Cascade, 2018)

‘Baptist Students in Cambridge: Denominational and Ecumenical Identities, from the 1920s to the 1940s’ in Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity: Historical Studies in Honour of Brian Stanley (Brill, 2020)

‘Couldn’t it happen in Switzerland?’ : The East African Revival and Swiss Church Life in the 1940s and 1950s’, European Journal of Theology 30.1 (2021)

‘Baptist Students and “Spiritual Dynamics”: The Robert Hall Society in Cambridge, 1950s-1980s’, Journal of European Baptist Studies 21.1 (2021)

‘Charismatic Renewal in Cambridge from the 1960s to the 1980s’ in Transatlantic Charismatic Renewal, c.1950-2000 edited by Andrew Atherstone et al (Brill, 2022)