The Barnabas Ministry
Book Review

Evangelicalism & the Stone-Campbell Movement
Edited by William R. Baker (InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. 2002). 256 pages.

Over the past few years, there has been an increasing activity among scholars in the Stone-Campbell movement and scholars in the evangelical world and in the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). This book presents key essays presented to the ETS by restoration movement scholars and responses from an evangelical perspective. The essays are on the following topics:

  • Christian Churches (Independent): Are We Evangelical? by William R. Baker
  • Churches of Christ (A Capella): Are We Evangelical? by Edward P. Myers
  • The Role of Faith in Conversion by Jack Cottrell
  • The Role of Faith in Conversion: Balancing Faith, Christian Experience & Baptism by John Mark Hicks
  • The Role of the Holy Spirit in Conversion: An Examination of the New Testament by Tom Alexander
  • The Role of the Holy Spirit in Conversion: Why Restorationists Appear to Be out of the Evangelical Mainstream by Robert C. Kurka
  • An Evangelical Response to Alexander and Kurka by Craig L. Blomberg
  • The Role of Baptism in Conversion: Israel's Promises Fulfilled for the Believer in Jesus by Jon A. Weatherly
  • The Role of Baptism in Conversion: Baptism & Its Subsctitutes as Rituals of Initiation in American Protestantism by James Baird
  • An Evangelical Response to Baird & Weatherly by H. Wayne House
  • The Biblical Doctrine of the Church by Everett Ferguson
  • Restoring God's House: Ecclesiology in Church of Christ (A Cappella) by Gary Holloway
  • Biblical Models of the Church: Contributions of the Stone-Campbell Movement to the Church of the Twenty-First Century by Robert Lowery
  • An Evangelical Response to Ferguson, Holloway and Lowery: Restoring a Trinitarian Understanding of the Church in Practice by Stanley J. Grenz
The interested reader will notice that these topics (conversion theology and the church) are very close to the heart of the restoration ideals of Campbell and Stone, and close to the heart of restoration movement churches themselves.

These essays are presented in a readable yet scholarly manner, from a variety of perspectives: Church of Christ, Christian Church, and evangelical. Such a dialog is necessary and beneficial. To those of us in the ICC, this discussion helps us take a step back from all of the day-to-day matters and gain a much-needed scholarly and historical perspective of these topics.

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