New Baptist blog from South Wales Baptists

Simon Woodman, tutor in New Testament has started a South Wales Baptists blog here. There are now bloggers at all the baptist colleges (Jim and Stuart at Scottish Baptist College; Sean [for a little while longer] and Glen and others at Northern, Lucy [a student] at Bristol and myself here at Regent's) apart from Spurgeon's - unless I am mistaken.

New blogs

I've been working on two new blogs.

First for Alan Spence (author of Incarnation and Inspiration) and Terry Wright (doctoral student, Spurgeon's College) who are organising a conference next summer on the theology of John Owen

And second for Suke Wolton (tutor in politics, Regent's Park College) and Myra Blyth (chaplain and fellow in pastoral studies, Regent's Park College) on ASPIRE, the new project being partnered by CTBI Racial Justice network, Regent's Park College and Canterbury Christ Church to encourage black people to aspire to higher education, especially to places like Oxford. This was the main reason Jesse Jackson was in Oxford this week.

They are receiving some finishing touches, but I'll let you know the blog addresses soon.

The T & T Clark Blog

The publishers T & T Clark have started a blog.

Since our founding in 1821, T&T Clark has published some of the most influential and important works in the fields of theology and biblical studies. Karl Barth?  Gerhard von Rad? Elaine Pagels? Yeah, that's us. Now, we are very excited to enter the 21st Century and bring to you online the latest about the best and cutting edge scholarship. We hope that this blog will serve as not only a place where you can read about and discuss our new and forthcoming titles, but also learn what our authors and colleagues are up to, as well as what is going on in the world of religious studies.

Our editors will be posting about their books that will be coming out as well as offering their own personal interests and observations. T&T Clark offers a diverse array of books and it goes without saying that our editors are just as unique. Of course, we'll let them introduce themselves a little later. We'll let you know when we're out and about at various conferences and gatherings and what we're up to. As this blog takes shape, we hope that you will offer your insights, feedback, and input about the goings on of religious publishing and the field of religious studies.

blogging and particular kinds of friends

There's an interesting discussion of sorts around on-line and real relationships. Kester Brewin has blogged here and here on facebook. Jonny Baker has talked about facebook oppression. Brodie writes about information overload. Andrew Jones is currently unblogging. This has all got me thinking about why I blog?

Brodie in response to Fernando comments that the reason he began blogging was 'to actually converse, but to converse outwith our normal narrow frame of associates. So for me, while I also at times tire of both reading and writing, I want to stick at it because....well those who comment and those whose blogs I read have become friends, albeit a particular kind of friend.' This resonates with why I blog. Blogging has introduced me to many people in different places - other baptists (many of the best being scots), others interested in theology (I like the way people share theology), others interested in emerging church and worship (blogging has given me idea after idea - HT especially to Jonny and Steve). These people are particular kinds of friends, we don't share life in all its complexity, but we do share a common interest or purpose. Blogging has been a great way to network. Some of these on-line friendships will remain on-line, others have already become face-to-face and this is where conferences and greenbelt make these things happen.

I guess my blog itself  has been changing over the last few months. There's a lot more stuff on books and shift towards more theology. I'm trying in different ways to be a place for theology news and a resource (so all the new pages). As I spend the next few years at Regent's, I plan to blog a little of my journey. In many ways my blog is a record for myself - I blog something for future reference.  I think like others who blog regularly I will continue to carve out the time to read and write, because there's always a new blog (I think this year of Jim Gordon's Living Wittily) or an older blog like Mark Goodacre's NT blog or Maggi Dawn)  worth reading.

I've actually found it sad when some blogs closed down - I think of Richard Sudsworth's sudslaw and also hopeful amphibian and possibly Chris Erdmans's odyssey, all of which helped me think about a whole range of issues.

must read posts

I've not yet linked to Kim Frabricius' Ten Propositions on Being a Minister. A definite must read. In his Ten Propositions series, Frabricius consistently helps explain what theology and this one on ministry is no exception.

Also Jim Gordon's post today on theology, theologians and Tom Torrance's doctrine of God is good, especially the set of questions at the end. He asks:

  1. In the absence of regularly singing hymns which are deliberately and skillfully theological, where do we fix our doctrinal reference points?
  2. In a Christian book market fixated on practical, applied, 'how to', self help approaches to Christian devotion, what ignites the fires of the mind and the passions of the heart to love God more than whatever it is we want God to do for us?
  3. If in our different jobs, continuing professional or personal development is an accepted and valued goal, where is the equivalent of that in the life of the church as we each fulfil our role as true theologians who pray, and who when we pray are true theologians?
  4. How daft is it to expect every Christian to be practical, practising theologians, prepared to think deep and long, to pursue the reality of God, and who knows, to risk being baffled by a chapter of Torrance in order at least to sense the complexity and richness, encounter the glory and the mystery, endure the discipline and soul stretching, of what it means to love God with all of the heart, soul, mind and strength we can bring?

Chris Erdman blogs here about his new book on preaching called Countdown to Sunday (published later this year) and Paul Fromont helpfully links to where you can download contents and sample chapters here. The book looks really good and some of it is based on posts from Chris' blog over the last few years.

A-Z of UK baptist blogs

Here's the A-Z of all uk baptist blogs I know. Anyone I missed?

Andy Goodliff (belle vue baptist church, southend)

Angela Almond (kirby muxloe)

Baptist History and Thought

Catriona Gordon (glasgow)

Charles Crosland (shrewsbury, shropshire)

Chris Ellis (west bridgford, nottingham)

Clive Jarvis  (milton keynes)

David Bunce (university of st. andrew's)

David Kerrigan (BMS)

Didsbury Baptist (manchester)

Geoff Colmer (regional miniser, CBA)

Glen Marshall (northern baptist college)

Graham Doel (stanley road baptist church)

IBTS communtiy blog (prague)

Ivan King (church from scratch, southend)

Jim Gordon (scottish baptist college)

Jo Regan (burton-upon-trent)

John Race

John Rackley

Jonathan Somerville (tabernacle baptist church, wolverhampton)

Julie Aylward (Revmusings) - (borstal, rochester)

Juliet Kilpin (urban expression)

Mike Shaw (devonport community baptist church)

Neil Brighton (poynton baptist church, cheshire)

Nick Lear (colchester baptist church)

Nigel Coles (regional minister, WEBA)

Richard Pool (cotton end baptist church, bedford)

Rodrigo Assis (emmanuel baptist church, thamesmead, london)

Ruth Gouldbourne (bloomsbury central baptist church)

Sam Griffiths (wellington baptist church, somerset)

Sean Winters (uniting college, australia)

Simon Jones (bromley baptist church, london)

Simon Woodman (bloomsbury central baptist church)

Steve Holmes (st. andrew's university / st. andrew's baptist church)

Stuart Blythe 

Sue Barker

Tim E

Tim Pressword / Clare McBeth (east manchester)

the rise of uk baptist blogging

It seems blogging by uk baptists is on the rise and the discussion of baptist identity and theology flourishing. Some of the baptist bloggers out there are sean, stuart, brodie, simon, pete, marcus, catriona and in the last month jim gordon, principal of the scottish baptist college has decided to join in. I like this comment from brodie on baptist identity

historically baptist identity has flown from the synergy of different practices that are not unique to baptists but that baptists blend in perhaps a unique way

Hopefully we will continue to see some good conversations generated as we reflect on a range of topics from a baptist perspective.