Friday, May 20, 2016

Panel response to Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future

Next Tuesday (May 24) a panel representing the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and the Baptist History and Heritage Society will respond to my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press, 2016), followed by my own response. The two organizations are meeting at Baylor University's Truett Seminary. Baylor University Press will have copies of the book available for purchase and signing after the panel session with a special conference discount.

Order Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future from Baylor University Press or via Amazon.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future at Calvary Baptist Church, Asheville, NC

I will be speaking on themes in my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press) at Calvary Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina (531 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806) on Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016. A spaghetti dinner will be served at 5:30 PM ($6/person) prior to the teaching session, which will begin at 6:00 PM.

This educational opportunity is sponsored by the Pittman Center for Congregational Enrichment at Gardner-Webb University.

Contact Calvary Baptist Church with questions about the event: (828) 253-7301 or office@calvaryasheville.com.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future book signing at Gardner-Webb

I'll be signing copies of my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press) during the "Meet the Authors" event at Gardner-Webb University on Monday, April 11, from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at Dover Library on the Gardner-Webb campus in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the signing, courtesy of the campus shop.

Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future is also available from Baylor University Press and via Amazon.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Wordle rendering of Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future

What's my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future about? Here's a rendering of prominent themes in the text courtesy of the Wordle word cloud generator.

Order Baptist identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community from Baylor University Press or Amazon.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Baptist News Global previews Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future

Baptist News Global today published an article by news editor Bob Allen previewing my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press). Here's an excerpt from the beginning of the article:

Baptists tend to be the “problem children” of the ecumenical movement but have gifts both to give and receive from the broader Christian community, a Baptist theologian who teaches in the school of divinity at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., says in a new book.

Steven Harmon, who previously served on the faculties of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala., and Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, N.C., argues in Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future, released March 1 by Baylor University Press, that Baptist communities and the churches from which they are separated need each other to be faithful to Jesus’ vision of a visibly united church in his high priestly prayer in John 17....(read the full article at Baptist News Global).

Order Baptist identity and the Ecumenical Future from Baylor University Press or Amazon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pilgrim Community: Ecumenism, Baptist-Style

On Friday, March 18, I'm leading the workshop "Pilgrim Community: Ecumenism, Baptist-Style" during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina General Assembly at Hayes Barton Baptist Church in Raleigh. The workshop draws from arguments and proposals in my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press). If you're attending the assembly and already have a copy of the book, bring it and I'll sign it. If you don't yet have a copy, there's still time to get one from Amazon; I'll also have flyers with a code for a 20% discount and free shipping from Baylor University Press (exp. 3/31) available at the workshop and at the Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity booth.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

NABPR-SE 2016 program

The Southeast Region of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion will hold its annual meeting on Friday, March 4, 2016 on the Mercer University Atlanta campus (3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30341) in the Atlanta Trustees Dining Room in the Pharmacy Administration and Cafeteria Building. The meeting program follows:

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Southeast
2016 Southeast Regional Meeting
Friday, March 4, 2016
McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Atlanta, Georgia


8:30-9:00        Registration and Refreshments (Atlanta Trustees Dining Room, Pharmacy Administration Building)
9:00-9:15        Opening Session (Atlanta Trustees Dining Room, Pharmacy Administration Building)
Welcome from the President—Steve Harmon (Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity)
Welcome from the Host—Graham Walker (McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University)
 Announcement of Program—Steve Harmon (Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity)
9:15-10:00      Presidential Address: “What Have Baptist Professors of Religion to Do with Magisterium?”
Steve Harmon (Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity)
10:00-10:15    Responses from Membership
10:15-10:30    Break
10:30-11:30    Open forum discussion: Being Baptist Professors of Religion—Challenges and Opportunities
11:30-12:00    Business Meeting
2017 SECSOR meeting—Raleigh, North Carolina
NABPR-SE meeting?
     Shaw University?
     Inclusion of undergraduate students?
Election of officers
Miscellaneous business

12:00               Adjournment for Lunch

Monday, February 15, 2016

William Henn on Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future

Fr. William Henn
Fr. William Henn, Professor of Ecclesiology and Ecumenism at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, offers this endorsement of my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press):

"This book was written ‘in the hope that the tribe of those who long for the visible unity of Christ’s church might increase among Baptists, and that other Christians might recognize them, so that together we can make our pilgrim journey toward the ecumenical future.’ Based on extensive experience of dialogue with other Christian...s, his richly documented and insightful treatment of such crucial themes as scripture, tradition, sacraments, authority, and the pilgrim church open fresh avenues for moving toward the unity for which Jesus prayed."

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Henk Bakker on Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future

Dr. Henk Bakker
Henk Bakker, Professor of Baptist Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, offers this endorsement of my new book Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press):

"Harmon’s book is a thorough and challenging appeal for visible unity in faith and order between Baptists, Catholics, and all other Christians. After all, ‘Baptists are dissenting catholic Christians’—they are a pilgrim community brought to visibility by ecumenical engagement. This is a must read for every Baptist student."