Cooperation and cobelligerence between NSW Baptists and other faith communities

A paper presented by Rod Benson to an ICOBS/ABRF Conference on the theme "Interfaces: Baptists and others," Whitley College, Melbourne, 17 July 2009.  ------------------- At the beginning of their discussion of Christian responses to other faiths in Modern Christian Thought, James C. Livingston and Francis Schüssler Fiorenza observe that [s]cholars who study modernity appear to …

Many different kinds of Baptists

Extract from a column by Martyn E. Marty, "American Baptists," Sightings, 24 October 2011, published by the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School: ... Notre Dame’s Mark Noll, who knows as much as anyone about this subject, wrote in the July-August issue of Books & Culture magazine, “So You’re a Baptist—What Might …

A biblical context for workplace relations

In biblical times a distinction between work and life, and between workplace relationships and social relationships, was less apparent than it is for many workers today. In addition, scholars disagree on how to interpret and apply the social structures assumed by Scripture writers. Further, contemporary models of the welfare state, and capitalist/socialist economic theory, while …

God’s call and my perceived needs

For those of you who are engaged in church or parachurch ministry, here's an important excerpt from the October 2011 issue of the "Pastors E-newsletter" published by Ken Clendinning, director of Ministry Support and Development for the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT: How do you understand God’s call in your life to ministry? For many of us responding …

The limits of dissent among Baptists

The Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain recently spent three days discussing “Women in Leadership among the churches."  This wasn’t a debate about whether women can exercise ministerial leadership.  That was established back in the 1920s and affirmed many times since. It was about some of the attitudes women encounter when they explore a leadership calling, …

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