The Journal of Baptist Studies 7 (2015)

The latest edition of the Journal of Baptist Studies is out. You can read it here. As you can see from the table of contents listed below, this edition focused on the four marks of the church from a Baptist perspective. The essays were originally presented in the Baptist Studies session of the 2014 ETS annual meeting. I’d encourage you to take a look.

Editorial, p. 1

Contributors, p. 3


“Baptists and the Unity of the Church,” by Christopher W. Morgan, p. 4

“Baptists and the Holiness of the Church: Soundings in Baptist Thought,” by Ray Van Neste, p. 24

“Baptists and the Catholicity of the Church: Toward an Evangelical Baptist Catholicity,” by Matthew Y. Emerson and R. Lucas Stamps, p. 42

“Baptists and the Apostolicity of the Church,” by James Patterson, p. 67

Book Reviews

Currid, John D. Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament, reviewed by Kenneth J. Turner, p. 83

Freeman, Curtis W. Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists, reviewed by R. Lucas Stamps, p. 86

George, Timothy. Theology of the Reformers, rev. ed., reviewed by John Gill, p. 91

Hays, Christopher M. and Christopher B. Ansberry, eds. Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism, reviewed by Matthew Y. Emerson, p. 95

Holmes, Stephen R. The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity, reviewed by Michael A. G. Haykin, p. 99

Sanders, Fred. Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love, reviewed by Christopher Bosson, p. 101

Journal of Baptist Studies

For those of you familiar with, you’ll remember that the Journal of Baptist Studies is a peer-reviewed, fully online journal that is published on the site. The journal has changed editing and operating hands since the previous issue was published in 2010, but today marks the beginning of the relaunch of JBS. Edited by myself and Tony Chute, Associate Dean of the School of Christian Ministries at CBU, JBS 5 is dedicated to the Baptist study of Titus. This issue features articles by Ray Van Neste (Union University), Jeff Straub (Central Baptist Theological Seminary), and Tony Chute (California Baptist University), as well as a selected Baptist bibliography on Titus by me and book reviews by Crawford Gribben (Queen’s University, Belfast), Jason Lee (Cedarville University), Walter Price (Fellowship of the Pass Church, Beaumont, CA), Rick Durst (Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary), and Peter Beck (Charleston Southern University). The table of contents is reproduced below:


VOLUME 5 (2013)

Editorial, p. 1

Contributors, p. 3


“Baptists, Pastors, and Titus 1: A History of Interpretation,” by Ray Van Neste, p. 4

“The Legality of Slavery in the Sight of God: Baptists and Their Use of Titus 2 to Defend Slavery,” by Jeff Straub, p. 36

“Reception History of Titus 3 in Baptist Life,” by Anthony Chute, p. 64

“Selected Baptist Bibliography on Titus,” by Matthew Y. Emerson, p. 91

Book Reviews

Bebbington, David W. Baptists Through the Centuries: A History of a Global People, reviewed by Crawford Gribben, p. 97

George, Timothy. Reading Scripture with the Reformers, reviewed by Jason K. Lee, p. 101

Iorg, Jeff. The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church, reviewed by Walter Price, p. 105

Liederbach, Mark and Seth Bible, True North: Christ, the Gospel, and Creation Care, reviewed by Rick Durst, p. 109

Leonard, Bill J. The Challenge of Being Baptist: Owning a Scandalous Past and an Uncertain Future, reviewed by Peter Beck, p. 112

Our hope is to publish two issues of the journal each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. If you are interested in submitting an essay on Baptist history, theology, or practice, please feel free to contact Tony Chute at achute at calbaptist dot edu.

You can find out more about the journal by visiting the website.

In addition to the journal, contains a myriad of Baptist resources, from confessions and creeds to sermons to important position papers. I’d encourage you to take full use of the site, both for the journal and for this valuable compilation of documents.

We also hope to add PhD dissertation abstracts from the six SBC seminaries in the near future.

I’m grateful to Nathan Finn and Keith Harper at SEBTS for their previous operation of the site; their hard work in compiling Baptist resources is what makes continually valuable. I’m also thankful for their dedication to the journal in its previous iteration, and for entrusting it to Tony and me for the future. We look forward to continuing its propagation of Baptist history and scholarship.