Baptist Studies Bulletin

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RECENT ISSUES OF THE BAPTIST STUDIES BULLETIN

June 2014
Vol. 13, No. 6

“Congregational Self-Identity: A Survey-Based Assessment of CBF Churches”
Part Four: Congregational Witness: Sharing the Good News
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Congregational Snapshots from the World of Baptists”
Four Churches that are Visibly Impacting Their Local Communities
Nurturing Faith Experience: Montana
Montana, August 18-23, 2014
2014 BH&HS Award Winners

May 2014
Vol. 13, No. 5

“Congregational Self-Identity: A Survey-Based Assessment of CBF Churches”
Part Three: Core Messaging: Worship, Preaching, Ministry and Missions
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Human Inequality: 150 Years Ago”
A Biblical and Christian Defense of African Slavery
(by Samuel Boykin)

Nurturing Faith Experience: Montana
Montana, August 18-23, 2014
2014 Annual BH&HS / ALABI Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 4-6
Program, Registration and Information

April 2014
Vol. 13, No. 4

“Congregational Self-Identity: A Survey-Based Assessment of CBF Churches”
Part Two: Embodied Identity: Being Baptist in the 21st Century
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: In Search of the Christian Atom (The Fourth of a Series)”
(by Richard Wilson)

An Invitation to a Conversation about Congregational Ministry and Baptist Identity
Montana, August 18-23, 2014
2014 Annual BH&HS / ALABI Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 4-6
Program, Registration and Information

March 2014
Vol. 13, No. 3

“Congregational Self-Identity: A Survey-Based Assessment of CBF Churches”
Part One: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Baptists as the “Other”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: In Search of the Christian Atom (The Third of a Series)”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Sources for Baptist History, Analysis and News”
Online Reading for Baptists
2014 Annual BH&HS / ALABI Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, June 4-6
Program, Registration and Information

February 2014
Vol. 13, No. 2

“The Baptist Calling: Part Five, Redeeming the World”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: In Search of the Christian Atom (The Second of a Series)”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Pope Francis: A Humble Man with a Theology of Exclusion”
(by Aaron Weaver)

Register for the 2014 Annual BH&HS / ALABI Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Church History Faculty Position Open at Memphis Theological Seminary

January 2014
Vol. 13, No. 1

“The Baptist Calling: Part Four, Striving for Human Equality”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: In Search of the Christian Atom (The First of a Series)”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Book Notes: New Offerings from Mercer University Press”
(Compiled by Bruce Gourley)

Online Resources from the Baptist History and Heritage Society
Register for the 2014 Annual BH&HS / ALABI Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

November-December 2013
Vol. 12, No. 11

“The Baptist Calling: Part Three, Living in Community”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Theological Method: Give it a Spin (Part Four)”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Book Notes: An End-of-the-Year Compilation of Interesting Books”
(Compiled by Bruce Gourley)

3 Reasons to Support the Baptist History and Heritage Society With an End-of-the Year Gift

October 2013
Vol. 12, No. 10

“The Baptist Calling : Part Two, Fighting for Freedom for All Persons”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Theological Method: Give it a Spin (Part Three)”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Archibald G. Brown (1844-1922)”
(by Ian McDonald)

Baptist History and Heritage Society Notes

September 2013
Vol. 12, No. 9

“The Baptist Calling: Beyond Belief (An Introduction)”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Theological Method: Give it a Spin (Part Two)”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Reflections on Just War Theory”
(by Aaron Weaver)
“Tremont Temple Baptist Church Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation”
(by Denton Lotz)

Featured Events and Conferences

August 2013
Vol. 12, No. 8

“Revisiting a Baptist Preacher’s Dream”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Theological Method: Give it a Spin”
(by Richard Wilson)

“People’s Power: The Founding Principles of Birmingham, England’s Most Radical Baptist Church”
(by Ian McDonald)

July 2013
Vol. 12, No. 7

“Success: What Does it Look Like?”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Biblical Authority”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Baylor University’s Baptist Studies Center for Research”
Using the Resources of the Present to Preserve the Past

June 2013
Vol. 12, No. 6

“Your Congregation’s Identity: Free Resources and an Online Survey”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Overpower or Empower”
(by Richard Wilson)

“BH&HS Expands Board of Directors”
News from the Baptist History & Heritage Society

May 2013
Vol. 12, No. 5

“A Review: Civil War, Emancipation and Reconciliation”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Thank You, Duke McCall”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Reconsidering Abortion”
(by Aaron Weaver)
Book Review
E. Glenn Hinson –
A Miracle of Grace: An Autobiography (Mercer University Press, 2012)
Review by Monty Knight

April 2013
Vol. 12, No. 4

“Christ-Less Christianity: From Nicea to North Carolina”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Easter is Hard”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Immigration Reform”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“Register Now for the 2013 BH&HS Conference”
Faith, Freedom and Forgiveness: Civil War, Emancipation and Racial Reconciliation in Our Time
Richmond, Virginia, May 20-22, 2013
“The 30th Anniversary of
Baptists Today

March 2013
Vol. 12, No. 3

“Forgotten Baptist Heroes: Robert Smalls (1839-1915): A New Chapter for Freedom”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Opening Day”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Predatory Lending”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“New Baptist Books”
Carol Woodfin – An Experiment in Christian Internationalism: A History of the European Baptist Theological Seminary (BH&HS, 2013)
E. Glenn Hinson – A Miracle of Grace: An Autobiography (Mercer University Press, 2012)
“Register for the 2013 BH&HS Conference”
Faith, Freedom and Forgiveness: Civil War, Emancipation and Racial Reconciliation in Our Time
Richmond, Virginia, May 20-22, 2013
“Notes and Quotes: Responses to the Papal Transition”

February 2013
Vol. 12, No. 2

“Forgotten Baptist Heroes: Richard M. Johnson (1780-1850): Sunday Mail Delivery”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Can Jews, Christians and Muslims Coexist (an answer from West Africa)”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: A Trojan Horse: Religious Opposition to the Contraception Mandate”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“The Baptist Factor”
by Charles Deweese
“Register for the 2013 BH&HS Conference”
Faith, Freedom and Forgiveness: Civil War, Emancipation and Racial Reconciliation in Our Time
Richmond, Virginia, May 20-22, 2013

January 2013
Vol. 12, No. 1

“The Evangelical, Catholic and Muslim War on Freedom”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: A Hebrew Poet, a Romain Deity, and Garth Brooks”
(by Richard Wilson)

“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Churches and Climate Change”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“Register for the 2013 BH&HS Conference”
Faith, Freedom and Forgiveness: Civil War, Emancipation and Racial Reconciliation in Our Time
Richmond, Virginia, May 20-22, 2013

“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

December 2012
Vol. 11, No. 11

“Dear Elizabeth: Journeying Through Darkness into Christmas”
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Politics in the Pulpit”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“Advent People are Preparing People”
(by Michael Ruffin)

“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

November 2012
Vol. 11, No. 10

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 10
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: November Lamentations”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“Insights from the Baptist Congresses, 1881-1913”
(by Craig Sherouse)

“Religion and the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconciliation in our Times”

May 20-22, 2013 BH&HS Conference in Richmond, Virginia
Call for Paper Proposals

“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

October 2012
Vol. 11, No. 9

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 9
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Baptist Women in Ministry Report”
(by Pamela Durso)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: The Birthing of a Phony War on Religion”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“17th Century Baptists and Politics”
The Rhode Island Charter of 1663

Book Review

Review by Paul D. Simmons

“Religion and the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconciliation in our Times”

May 20-22, 2013 BH&HS Conference in Richmond, Virginia
Call for Paper Proposals

“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

September 2012
Vol. 11, No. 8

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 8
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Religion and the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconciliation in our Times”
May 20-22, 2013 BH&HS Conference in Richmond, Virginia
Call for Paper Proposals
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Red, White and Blogging”
(by Aaron Weaver)

“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

August 2012
Vol. 11, No. 7

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 7
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: Tempests, Teapots, and the Times”
(by Richard Wilson)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: The Legacy of Richard Land”
(by Aaron Weaver)
Guest Editorial: Religious Freedom for All
(by Jerrod H. Hugenot)
Media Notes: Books and Videos from the BH&HS

* Seminary in Crisis: The Strategic Response of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to the SBC Controversy, written by William E. Hull
* Baptists and Theology Videos

“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

July 2012
Vol. 11, No. 6

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 6
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: New Gospel Vistas”
(by Richard Wilson)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Racism in America”
(by Aaron Weaver)
Books Notes: Baptists and the Enlightenment
(by Bruce Gourley
)
Lee Canipe: A Baptist Democracy: Separating God From Caesar in the Land of the Free
John M Barry: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty
“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

June 2012
Vol. 11, No. 5

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 5
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: A Quest for Justice in Liberia”
(by Richard Wilson)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Reexamining the Beloved Community”
(by Aaron Weaver)
“Baptist History & Heritage Society Conference Reviews”

“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

May 2012
Vol. 11, No. 4

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 4
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: On Tail-lights and Headlights: Thinking About North Carolina’s Amendment One”
(by Richard Wilson)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Dividing and Conquering in the Name of God”
(by Aaron Weaver)
“Baptist History & Heritage Society Member News”

*
BH&HS Annual Conference, June 7-9, Raleigh, North Carolina
“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

April 2012
Vol. 11, No. 3

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 3
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Frank Impressions: As Wide as the Horizon”
(by Richard Wilson)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Baptists and Earth Day”
(by Aaron Weaver)
“Baptist History & Heritage Society Member News”
*
Website Update
*
BH&HS Annual Conference, June 7-9, Raleigh, North Carolina
“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

March 2012
Vol. 11, No. 2

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part 2
(by Bruce Gourley)
“Reflections on Baptists and Culture: Competing Baptist Visions of Religious Liberty”
(by Aaron Weaver)
“Baptist Books Update: Mercer University Press Book Signings at BH&HS Conference”
*
Cancer and Healing: Memoirs of Gratitude and Hope, Charles W. Deweese, editor
*
Nurturing the Vision: First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812-2012, W. Glenn Jonas, Jr.
*
Diverging Loyalties: Baptists in Middle Georgia During the Civil War, Bruce T. Gourley
“Notes and Quotes: Responses to Current Happenings”

February 2012
Vol. 11, No. 1

“A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making” Part I (by Bruce Gourley)
“Program and Registration Information for Baptists and Theology Conference”
July 7-9, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina
“Faith by the Numbers: A Statistical Snapshot of Contemporary American Faith”
“Responses to the Health Care and Contraception Controversy”

December 2011
Vol. 10, No. 10

“Advent: Season of Gospel Proclamation” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Baptists and Human Rights at the United Nations” (by David D’Amico)
“Helpful Baptist Resources”

November 2011
Vol. 10, No. 9

“Whose Bible is It?” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Alabama’s Immigration Backlash: One Baptist’s Perspective” (by Ronnie Brewer)
“Baptists and Theology”: A Call for Papers (2012 Annual Meeting of the BH&HS, June 7-9, Raleigh, NC)

October 2011
Vol. 10, No. 8

“John Leland, Joseph Smith, and 21st Century Presidential Aspirations” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Crawford Toy and the American Civil War” (from CivilWarBaptists.Com)
“Baptists and Theology”: A Call for Papers (2012 Annual Meeting of the BH&HS, June 7-9, Raleigh, NC)

August 2011
Vol. 10, No. 7

“A Theology of Fear” (by Bruce Gourley)
“October is Baptist History & Heritage Month” (A Local Church Emphasis)
Book Reviews:
Robert M. Knight, Balanced Living: Don’t Let Your Strength Become Your Weakness, Wipf & Stock, Eugene, Oregon: 2009 (Paperback, 188 pages)
William E. DeWitt, The Essence of Christian Meditation, Crossbooks, Bloomington, Indiana: 2010 (Paperback, 62 pages)

July 2011
Vol. 10, No. 6
“Who is Not a Baptist?” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Baptists and the Immigration Challange” (by David D’Amico)
“BH&HS Video Repository Now Online” (BH&HS Annual Conference Wrap-up)
“Book Review: Jeff Rogers, Building a House for All God’s Children: Diversity Leadership in the Church (by Winnie Williams)

June 2011
Vol. 10, No. 5
“The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at 20: A Dissenting Community” (by Bruce Gourley)
“A Future Without Baptists? Who Cares?” (A CBF General Assembly Tampa workshop)
“Examining our Heritage, Celebrating our Diversity” (BH&HS Annual Conference Wrap-up)

May 2011
Vol. 10, No. 4
“Baptists and Education” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Baptists and Government Aid to Christian Education” (by David Stratton)
On Mission With God: Free and Faithful Baptists in the Twenty-First Century

March 2011
Vol. 10, No. 3
“Baptists and Hell” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Historical Documents that Speak to the Present” (Report of the 75 Million Campaign)
“BH&HS Conference Program, May 19-21″

February 2011
Vol. 10, No. 2
“Being Baptist Christians” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Baylor’s Baptist Studies Center for Research” (News Release)
“BH&HS Annual Conference Information”

January 2011
Vol. 10, No. 1
“Baptists and the American Civil War” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Doing Ministry Baptist Style: The Priesthood of Believers” (by Carolyn D. Blevins)
“BH&HS Annual Conference Pre-Registration”

December 2010
Vol. 9, No. 8
“Baptists and Christmas” (by Bruce Gourley)
“W. Morgan Patterson: My Mentor in Baptist Studies” (by Charles W. Deweese)
“BH&HS Announces”
“Baptist History Video Resources”

November 2010
Vol. 9, No. 7
“Baptists and the Years 1830-1832″ (by Bruce Gourley)
“Virginia Baptists Affirm Separation of Church and State” (Baptist History in the News)
“Address to the President of the United States, 1806″ (by a NC Baptist Association)
“W. Morgan Patterson, Former BH&HS President, Dies”

October 2010
Vol. 9, No. 6
“Angry White Christians, Now and Then” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Common Baptist Themes” (quotes from Baptist Leaders)

September 2010
Vol. 9, No. 5
“Religious Liberty and Religious Terrorism” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Nurturing Our Baptist Faith and Heritage From the Pulpit” (by Bill Salyers)
“Jury Duty and Preaching the Gospel” (by Pamela Durso)

August 2010
Vol. 9, No. 4
“The Summer of Baptist Discontent and Hope” (by Bruce Gourley)
“The Baptist General Conference in the 21st Century” (by Vic Winquist)
“Local Church History Committees”

June 2010
Vol. 9, No. 3
“Baptist History in the Digital Age” (by Bruce Gourley)
“Review of the BH&HS Georgetown Conference”
“Carol Weatherford-Crumpler to Receive Whitsitt Courage Award”

May 2010
Vol. 9, No. 2
“Baptists, Muslims, Atheists and the First Amendment” (by Bruce Gourley)
Tributes to Cecil Sherman

April 2010
Vol. 9, No. 1
“The BSB Returns”
“The New Ascendancy of Religious History”
“Blogs Worth Reading”


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