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September 23, 2006


Marcus Bull

Hi Andy,

I've been enjoying your blog for a while (we spoke about it at Baptist Council a year or so ago). Thanks for some thoughtful and stimulating stuff.

I've been inspired to try my own blog: http://revmadbull.blogspot.com

andy goodliff

Marcus I'd glad you enjoy reading the blog. I recognise you from your picture. I'll add your blog to my rss feeder and keep track of your own thoughts.

Andrew Tatum


I came across your blog entirely randomly and, ironically, can identify greatly with this post. About 13 months ago, I began looking for a part-time ministry job in a non-Baptist church because I had become so frustrated with Baptist life during my time as an undergraduate theology student at Campbell University - a Baptist institution. I found a position at an Episcopal church and was initially very happy there. However, on October 22nd, I will no longer be working there because I have come to understand that, though it may have been by chance before, I now must choose to be baptist becuase I understand it to be, for me, the most genuine expression of Christian faith - with all its frustrations included. I hope this comment isn't too lengthy. I just wanted to comment on the fact that I understand what it means to be Baptist by chance and - now - Baptist by choice and the choosing is much better than the chance.


My experience is somewhat different; I would identify with the Baptists but all my experience in various churches is that too conservative theologically. This is not specifically my problem but that it was exclusionary to the point that I was unable to actually be myself there despite my agreement with the Baptist ecclesiologically speaking.

andy goodliff

You are right that most baptist churches are probably too conservative - perhaps too evangelical (in a narrow sense). It is interesting because the in britain, the declaration of principle, which all Baptist Union churches hold to fights against a narrow theology. The three principles being:
1 That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
2 That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who 'died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day'.
3 That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.

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