Annotated Bibliography -- By: John H. Armstrong
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Ames, Robert. One in the Truth? Eastbourne, Sussex (England): Kingsway, 1986. A plea for unity, without compromise, by a solid evangelical voice. Sadly, not in print.
Avis, Paul D. The Church in the Theology of the Reformers. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1981. A very important work which corrects many errors regarding the continental Reformers’ actual views of the church and its catholicity.
*Basden, Paul, and David Dockery, eds. The People of God: Essays on the Believers’ Church. Nashville: Broadman, 1991. Some very helpful and serious essays by Baptists who take seriously the contemporary challenge of the church’s unity. Highly recommended.
Bannerman, James. The Church of Christ, 2 vols. London: Banner of Truth, 1960. An older standard work but with some value to the subject of unity.
Beasley-Murray, G. R. Baptism in the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962. This is far and away the most serious Baptist defense available. All who wrestle with church unity will wrestle with the subject of baptism. Read Beasley-Murray, whether or not you agree with him.
*Berkouwer, G. C. The Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1976. Berkouwer is an extremely important, modern systematician who has given us a lucid and helpful work.
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Bloesch, Donald G. The Invaded Church. Waco, Texas: Word, 1975. An out-of-print volume which locates the real division in the church today as between secular humanism and the transcendent truth claims of the gospel.
Bloesch, Donald G. Wellsprings of Renewal. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1974. A survey of how counter-cultural youth and others searched for community in the 1970s and how the renewal of the church was affected accordingly. Again, out-of-print.
*Braaten, Carl E., and Robert W Jenson, eds. The Catholicity of the Reformation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. An engaging and suggestive book of essays that argues “catholicity” was the true intent of the Protestant Reformers. These noble men did not set out to create a new type of Christianity but rather to renew the “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” A must read for serious leaders.
Bridge, Donald, and David Phypers. The Water That Divides: A Survey of the Doctrine of Baptism. Inverness, Scotland: Christian Focus Publishers, 1998. An extremely useful survey written by a paedobaptist and baptist, both of whom are serious about church unity. Should be read by all who wrestle with the issues of baptism and church unit...
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