Monday, 15 January 2007
The latest issue of the BQ 42/1 has arrived. Articles are as follows:
Christopher J. Ellis, "Gathering Struggles: Creative Tensions in Baptist Worship"
Kara Blankenship, "The Role of Women in the Church: The Sword and the Trowel and General Baptist Magazine 1865-1891, Part 2"
Larry J. Kreitzer, "A 'Famous Prank' in Oxford: The Jacobite Riots of 1715 and the Charge of Sexual Scandal"
R. E. Davies, "Robert Thorner"
I also note here that the website for the Baptist Historical Society has been updated and improved with new resources and layout.
Finally, details of the Society's Annual Lecture and AGM:
AGM and Lecture - April 21st, 2007
Revd Dr Brian Haymes
"On Religious Liberty: re-reading the Mystery of Iniquitie in London in 2005"
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Refreshments from 10am
AGM at 10.15am
Lecture at 11.00am
Lunch (modest charge)There will be an illustrated lunchtime talk on London sites - and lack of sights - of Baptist interest
Optional walking tour (Road sites of Wesley, Baptist and dissenting history (2pm-4.30pm))
Revd Stephen Copson email
Monday, 24 July 2006
The July 2006 issue of the Baptist Quarterly landed on my desk today. Contents are as follows:
Ian M. Randall, "English Baptists of the 20th Century"
Jonathan Calvert, "Reginald William Waddelow: A Man of No Ordinary Dimensions"
Stephen Wright, "Edward Barber (c. 1595-1663) and His Friends (Part 2)"
Sean Winter, "Tracks and Traces: A Review Article"
My contribution is a belated (apologies to the editorial board and to Paul Fiddes the author of the book under review, for not getting it in earlier) 3,000 word review. It was nice to see something appear in print, though, as an encouragement to get my marking finished in order to clear space for some more writing in August.
Monday, 22 May 2006
I have had the following information through from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague.
We are delighted to inform you that the 2006 Hughey Lectures will be delivered by H W Walker Pipkin (former Professor at IBTS) on Balthasar Hubmaier. We provide information below and attach a Registration form. This is new material Dr Pipkin is working on and please note lecture three - on Hubmaier's gift to the church today. Please pass this information on to any who might be interested.
The J D Hughey Memorial Lectures on Baptist History and Identity were established in memory of Dr John David Hughey, one time President of International Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon. Dr H Walker Pipkin, who founded the Institute of Baptist and Anabaptist studies and is a noted Anabaptist historian, was instrumental in the seminary establishing this lectureship and in raising the funds for it.
Dr Hughey joined the Rüschlikon faculty in 1952 after serving as a missionary to Spain for eight years. He was President of the Rüschlikon seminary from 1960 to 1964. In 1964 he was named Director (at that time, secretary) for Europe, the Middle East and South Asia for the Foreign Mission Board, SBC, retiring in 1981.
Known as a missionary leader and a scholar, Dr Hughey is remembered for his commitment to Christianity and his family devotion. His wife, Evelyn, was a co-worker with him throughout his life. Dr and Mrs Hughey were the parents of four children and have several grandchildren.
In honour of his legacy, the Hughey lecture series was developed. Well-known Baptist scholars and church leaders have been invited to lecture on topics related to Baptist life and witness in Europe and other areas of the world, focussing on the distinctive witness that Baptists have made historically and continue to make today.
IBTS is delighted to welcome Dr H W Walker Pipkin, one time Director of the Institute of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies, for the next lectures in this series. They will take place on the Prague campus 6 - 8 November 2006. Dr Pipkin will be focussing on the life and work of the great Anabaptist figure, Balthasar Hubmaier, who led the Anabaptist community in Mikulov, Moravia. Dr Pipkin, with John Howard Yoder, translated the major works of Hubmaier into English and is one of the foremost authorities on the Anabaptists of Switzerland and south Germany/Austria in the world.
His lectures are entitled: THE LIFE STORY, REFORMING WORK AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF DR BALTHASAR HUBMAIER (ca. 1480-1528). They will be presented in three sessions: Lecture 1: Historical Perspectives and the Phases of Hubmaier’s Development; Lecture 2: The Clash of Conflicting Comprehensive Reforms: Balthasar Hubmaier and Huldrych Zwingli; Lecture 3: The Gifts of Hubmaier to the Life and Ministry of the Church Today.
It will be a great delight for the IBTS community to welcome our friend and colleague “home”. Why not join us for what promises to be an excellent occasion?
If you are interested to participate please contact PA to the Rector, Vanessa Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> .
Tuesday, 11 April 2006
I know, I know...It's been ages since I last posted. The reason is the usual combination of travel, meetings, various work commitments etc. But now that Holy Week has arrived a little bit of white space appears in the diary and so hopefully I will be able to catch up on some blogging. As a starter, my latest issue of the Baptist Quarterly arrived this morning and prompted me to draw attention to the important work being done by Stephen Wright in early Baptist history. In several articles and now a major book (reviewed in the BQ) Wright offers a more nuanced, complex and thus probably more accurate account of the emergence of the General and Particular Baptist traditions in the early 17th century. Here are the bibliographic details:
WRIGHT, STEPHEN, 'Baptist Alignments and the Restoration of Immersion, 1638-44, Part 1', BQ, 40 (2004), 261-283.
---, 'Baptist Alignments and the Restoration of Immersion, 1638-44, Part 2', BQ, 40 (2004), 346-368.
---, 'Edward Barber (c.1595-1663) and His Friends: Part 1', BQ, 41 (2006), 355-370.
---, The Early English Baptists (1603-1649) (London: Boydell and Brewer, 2006).
The book costs £50, although there is a special discount if you can get a copy of the Baptist Quarterly and get the details.