New Book: Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology
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Perspectives on Baptist Identities

New Book: Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology

...the congregational freedom cherished by Baptists makes it possible for their local churches to engage in a practice of theology informed by a full range of voices speaking from the whole church beyond the local church, past and present.

The NABPR Perspectives on Baptist Identities book series newest installment is edited by NABPR members Amy L. Chilton and Steven R. Harmon.

The NABPR annual meeting at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, May 18-20, 2020, will feature a plenary panel session on Sources of Light with Elizabeth Flowers (Baylor University) presiding, panel presentations by Andrew Gardner (Florida State University), Elise Edwards (Baylor University), and Jennifer Garcia Bashaw (Campbell University), and responses by Chilton and Harmon.

The book will be released in May 2020, in time for availability at the NABPR annual meeting. The linked promotional flyer and order form includes a pre-order code for $10 off the list price and free shipping.

Book description courtesy of Mercer University Press:

Baptist theologians Amy L. Chilton and Steven R. Harmon maintain that the congregational freedom cherished by Baptists makes it possible for their local churches to engage in a practice of theology informed by a full range of voices speaking from the whole church beyond the local church, past and present. In their coedited book Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology—the third volume in the Perspectives on Baptist Identities series sponsored by the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion—a diverse group of twenty-three Baptist theologians engage in a collaborative attempt to imagine how Baptist communities might draw on the resources of the whole church more intentionally in their congregational practice of theology.
These resources include theologies that attend to the social locations of followers of Jesus Christ—not only in terms of ethnic and gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, and physical ability, but also in relation to the wider interreligious and ecological contexts of the contemporary church. They also include the church’s efforts to bring its life together under the rule of Christ in its practices of confessing and teaching the faith, navigating moral disagreement, identifying saintly examples for living the Christian life, ordering its life as a worshiping community, and seeking more visible forms of Christian unity across the divisions of the church.
This book commends listening deeply to these voices as an ecclesial practice through which the Spirit of God enlightens the church of Christ, whose rule draws the church into deeper participation in the life of the Triune God, forming the church for practices that offer the gift of Trinitarian communion to a fractured world.

Amy L. Chilton is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Wingate University in North Carolina and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA and past president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Region-at-Large.

Steven R. Harmon is Professor of Historical Theology at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in North Carolina. The author of four books, including Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future (2016), he is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-affiliated ordained Baptist minister and past president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

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