On Being the Church: Revisioning Baptist Identity by Brian Haymes, Ruth Gouldbourne, Anthony Cross (SBHT 21, Paternoster, 2008)

This book re-examines Baptist theology and practice in the light of contemporary biblical, theological, ecumenical and missiological perspectives. It is not a study in denominationalism, but rather attempts to revision historical insights from the believer’s church tradition, essentially within a trinitarian emphasis. It is a re-expression of that tradition, seeking to re-appropriate forgotten emphases, bringing them together in a revised ecclesiology.

Foreword – Paul S. Fiddes

By Way of Introduction

1. The God of the People

2. The People of God

3. Authority

4. Baptism: Becoming a Christian

5. Discipleship

6. The Lord’s Supper

7. Ministry

8. The One Church, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic

9. Institution and Organization


Baptist Quarterly, October 2008

This edition of the journal is the final one to be edited by John H Y Briggs, who has been editor since 1985. Ian Randall now takes over.

Whatever happened to the covenant community? Baptist church meetings in the nineteenth century – Malcolm J. Egner

George Cosens: Black Baptist Pastor and Evangelist – David Watts

1689 and all that: An exploration of the Function and Form of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith – Jon Mackenzie

A rural pastorate, 1955 – Peter Egginto

A chronological calendar of Baptist Autographs at the John Rylands Univeristy Library of Manchester, 1741-1907 – Timothy Whelan

REVIEWS (include)
Ken R. Manley, From Woolloomooloo to ‘Eternity’: A history of Australian Baptists – reviewed by Roger Hayden

Ed Timothy Larsen & D. J. Treier, The Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology – reviewed by John Briggs

William K. Kay, Apostolic Networks in Britain: New Ways of Being Church – reviewed by John Colwell

Eds. James Krabill, Walter Sawatsky and Charles Van Engen, Evangelical, Ecumenical and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation – reviewed by Nigel Wright

Eds. Stephen Orchard & John H Y Briggs, The Sunday School Movement – reviwed by David M. Thompson

Thorwald Lorenzen, Towards a Culture of Freedom: Reflections on the Ten Commandments Today – reviewed by Brian Haymes