So I was reading a review earlier today of The Origin of Feasts, Fasts and Seasons which will appear in the next issue of Regent's Reviews and then this post by Steve Harmon got me thinking who might appear on a list of Baptist 'saints' - who might we want to recognise for the contribution they have made to life and mission of the church. This would be a supplement to the names of other Christians from other traditions. It might certainly help do some Baptist history in our churches. This is an idea floated by Steve in his book Towards Baptist Catholicity where he says 'Baptist congregations might be able to include in their own weekly worship a few moments for telling stories of men and women who have provided worthy examples of lives lived in the service of God and humanity' (p.170). BMS this year have created some resources to celebrate 250 yrs since the birth of William Carey (Carey Sunday is 21 August), which is a start.
Here's my starter for ten ...
31 January Charles Haddon Spurgeon
23 February George Beasley-Murray
16 March Marianne Farningham
4 April Martin Luther King
7 May Andrew Fuller
9 June William Carey
28 August John Smyth
30 October James McClendon
... who else should be added and give us a date?
I'm not sure where to put Thomas Helwys as we don't know when he died.