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BOOKS (or see vita or selected articles and essays)

   

Nurturing Faith / Hardback / April 2013
   
The story of the moderate Baptist movement
through three decades of Baptists Today.

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Mercer University Press / Hardback
December 2011

Nuanced, inconsistent, and evolving, the southern
Baptist response to the war was far from monolithic.
From Christian nationalist sentiments to a refusal
to serve as army missionaries and chaplains, Baptist
loyalties in Middle Georgia varied greatly.

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Arcadia Publishing / Softback / November 2011
Written with the Pioneer Museum of Bozeman

Read and see the story of the early years of
Montana's Gallatin Valley. Black and white
historical photos accompany a historical
narrative of the area's communities.

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On Mission With God: Free and
Faithful Baptists in the 21st Century

Baptist History & Heritage Society
 Softback / May 2011

Bruce contributed a chapter to this
multi-author volume.

$12 .00

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A Capsule History of Baptists by Bruce T. Gourley

A Capsule History of Baptists

Baptist History & Heritage Society
 Softback / March 2010

"riveting"    "masterful"    "refreshing"

"illuminating"   "provocative"    "valuable"

$15.00

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Leading the Way For 200 Years:
The Story of the First Baptist
Church of Huntsville,
Alabama, 1809-2009


Baptist History & Heritage Society
and Fields Publishing
 Hardback / June 2009

$20.00 (Email Jim Harrison)


Bruce Gourley - The GodMakers: A Legacy of the Southern Baptist Convention?

The Godmakers: A Legacy of the
Southern Baptist Convention?


Providence House Publishers
 Softback / 1996
 

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   Also see Bruce's photography books



Selected Articles

*  "The Great Unraveling: In Its Ruling on Legislative Prayer, the Supreme Court
               Betrayed American Principles" (Church & State Journal, July/August 2014)

*  "Move Over Evangelicals, the Roman Catholic Church Has Risen to the Top"
               (Baptists Today, July 7, 2014)

*  "Supreme Court Ruling Legalizes Religious Discrimination" (Associated Baptist
               Press, July 3, 2014)

*  "Baptist Identity and Millennials: Re-imagining Church" (Associated Baptist Press,
               June 19, 2014)

* Baptists and the American Civil War Digital Project (www.civilwarbaptists.com)
              A series of daily articles (January 2011 - present)

* "Baptists and the American Civil War"
              A series of monthly articles in Baptists Today (February 2011 - present)

"A Century Ago: Revisiting Henry Ford, Morality and the Baptists of 1914"
              Baptists Today (March 2014)

"The Baptist Calling" (A Five Part Series)
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (September 2013 - February 2014)

"Why?" (Answers to Questions People Ask About Baptists)
              A series of monthly articles in Baptists Today (Sept 2012 - Dec 2013)

"Success: What Does It Look Like?"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (July 2014, Vol. 12. No. 07)

"Christ-Less Christianity: From Nicea to North Carolina"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (April 2014, Vol. 12. No. 04)

"Forgotten Baptist Heroes: Robert Smalls (1839-1915): A New Chapter for Freedom"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (March 2014, Vol. 12. No. 03)

"Forgotten Baptist Heroes: Richard M. Johnson (1780-1850): Sunday Mail Delivery"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (February 2014, Vol. 12. No. 02)

"The Evangelical, Catholic and Muslim War on Freedom"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (January 2013, Vol. 12. No. 01)

"Dear Elizabeth: Journeying Through Darkness into Christmas"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (December 2012, Vol. 11. No. 11)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 10"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (November 2012, Vol. 11. No. 10)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 9"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (October 2012, Vol. 11. No. 9)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 8"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (September 2012, Vol. 11. No. 8)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 7"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (August 2012, Vol. 11. No. 7)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 6"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (July 2012, Vol. 11. No. 6)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 5"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (June 2012, Vol. 11. No. 5)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 4"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (May 2012, Vol. 11. No. 4)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 3"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (April 2012, Vol. 11. No. 3)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 2"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (March 2012, Vol. 11. No. 2)

"A New American God: Eight Decades in the Making - Part 1"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (February 2012, Vol. 11. No. 1)

"Advent: Season of Gospel Proclamation"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (December 2011, Vol. 10. No. 10)

"Whose Bible is It?"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (November 2011, Vol. 10. No. 9)

"John Leland, Joseph Smith and 21st Century Presidential Aspirations"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (October 2011, Vol. 10. No. 8)

"A Theology of Fear"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (August 2011, Vol. 10. No. 7)

"Progressive National Baptist Convention's Legacy of Freedom"
              Baptists Today (August 2011)

"Who is Not a Baptist?"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (July 2011, Vol. 10. No. 6)

"The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at 20: A Dissenting Community"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (June 2011, Vol. 10. No. 5)

"Baptists and Education"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (May 2011, Vol. 10. No. 4)

"The State of Religion According to Google"
               Baptists Today (April 2011)

"Baptists and Hell"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (March 2011, Vol. 10. No. 3)

"King James and Baptists: Not a Love Story"
             Baptists Today (March 2011)

"Being Baptist Christians"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (February 2011, Vol. 10. No. 2)

"Baptists and the American Civil War"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (January 2011, Vol. 10. No. 1)

"Christ and Capitalism in the 21st Century"
              Baptists Today (January 2011)

"Baptists and Christmas"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (December 2010, Vol. 9. No. 8)

"Baptists and the Years 1830-1832"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (November 2010, Vol. 9. No. 7)

"Angry White Christians, Now and Then"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (October 2010, Vol. 9. No. 6)

"Where are the Baptists?"
             Baptists Today (October 2010)

"Religious Terrorism and Religious Liberty"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (September 2010, Vol. 9, No. 5)

"The Summer of Baptist Discontent and Hope"
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (August 2010, Vol. 9, No. 4)
              Associated Baptist Press
(August 2010)

"A Very Brief Primer on Christian Nationalism"
             Associated Baptist Press (July 2010)

"Assessing Two Decades of a Baptist Renewal Movement"
             Baptists Today (July 2010)

"Baptist History in the Digital Age"
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (June 2010, Vol. 9, No. 3)

"John Leland: The Evangelist Less Remembered"
             Baptist History & Heritage Society Annual Meeting (June 2010)

"Baptists, Muslims, Atheists and the First Amendment"
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (May 2010, Vol. 9, No. 2)

"The Texas Textbook War in Historical Context"
             Associated Baptist Press (May 2010)

"Hating Others, Loving Self"
             Christian Ethics Today (Fall 2009)

“Tommy Douglas: Baptist Champion of Freedom"
             The Whitsitt Journal (Fall 2009)

“The Significance of Local Baptist Church History on the 400th Anniversary of Baptists,
             in the Context of the 200th Anniversary of FBC Huntsville, Alabama"
             Baptist History & Heritage Journal (Summer/Fall 2009, Vol. 44, No. 3)

"The Discipline of Eating"
             VISIONS, Georgia Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (June/July 2009)

"What Does Amsterdam 1609 Mean to Contemporary Baptists?"
            
Baptist World Alliance Heritage and Identity Commission (May 2009)

"The Move of Baptists Westward"
             Baptist History & Heritage Society, "Celebrating 400 Years of Being Baptist"
             Series
(May 2009)

"Baptist Contributions to Religious Freedom"
             Baptist History & Heritage Society, "Celebrating 400 Years of Being Baptist"
             Series
(April 2009)

"From Humble Beginnings to the Space Age: Huntsville Church Has Navigated Two
              Centuries"
              Baptists Today (March 2009)

"Early English Baptists"
             Baptist History & Heritage Journal (Winter 2009, Vol. 44, No. 1)

"Baptist Beginnings in America, 1639"
             Baptist History & Heritage Society, "Celebrating 400 Years of Being
             Baptist" Series
(February 2009)

"How Could Jimmy Carter, Jerry Falwell, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesse Helms all
             be Baptists?"
             Baptists Today (February 2009)

"Old Wines in New Wineskins: The First Amendment and the Internet"
             Baptist History & Heritage Journal (Summer/Fall 2008, Vol. 43, No. 3)

"Maybe It's Time to Dust Off John Leland"
             Baptist History & Heritage Journal (Spring 2008, Vol. 43, No. 2)

"The Christian Index and the American Civil War"
              Visions Journal, Georgia Baptist Historical Society (2007)

"How Do We Tell the Generations Following of What Happened?"
              Logsdon Window Journal (2006)

"Baptist Missions in Recent Decades: Patterns of Laity Involvement"
              Baptist History and Heritage Journal (Spring 2006, Vol. 41, No. 2)

"The Baptist Light: Free and Fragile"
              Baptist History & Heritage Journal (Winter 2006, Vol. 41, No. 1)

"These Days Are Fraught With Many Blessings: The World of Julia Stanford"
             Visions Journal, Georgia Baptist Historical Society (2006)

Reflections from the Baptist World Alliance Congress
               Baptist Studies Bulletin (August 2005)

Response to Baptist Missions Paper Presentations
               American Society of Church History (Spring 2005)

"John Leland: Evolving Views on Slavery"
               Baptist History and Heritage Journal (Winter 2005, Vol. 40, No. 1)

"Baptist Myths"
               Georgia Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (March 2005)

"Is the Traditional Baptist Identity Worth Recovering?"
               Pintala Baptist Church, AL (October 2004)

"Baptist Models of Polity: An Historical Overview," in Walking Together: The Struggle of Baptists with Polity in the 21st Century (University of Richmond, Va.: Center for Baptist Heritage and Studies, 2004)

"What I Learned About Randall Palmer's Kind of Baptists"
               Mercer University, GA (September 2004)

"Using the Internet Without Being Used"
               National Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (June 2004)

"Authority and Power in the 1749 Philadelphia Association Essay"
               Mercer University (September 2003)

"Reflecting on the Philadelphia Baptist Association 1700-1750"
               Mercer University (September 2003)

"Yellowstone Held Hostage by Million Dollar Cheeseburgers"
               National Forest Council (2001)

Various Presentations on Baptists, Yellowstone National Park, and the Internet
               Prior to 2003



In Response To ...

Hating Others, Loving Self  (May 2009)
Faith and Violence  (April 2009)
The Land of Nones  (March 2009)
A Rural Renewal for Baptists?  (February 2009)
Communication Challenges  (January 2009)
A 400-Year Conversation  (December 2008)
Hope and Redemption  (November 2008)
Jesus's Economy  (October 2008)
Post-Biblical Christianity  (September 2008)
The Changing Face of CBF and the South  (August 2008)
Christological Concerns  (July 2008)
A Unique Blend of Freedom and Community  (June 2008)
The Conservative Evangelical Wilderness Experience  (May 2008)
The Challenge of Baptist Theological Education  (April 2008)
21st Century Religion 2.0  (March 2008)
Other Rooms in Our Baptist House  (February 2008)
The Top Baptist Story of 2007 and 2008  (January 2008)
Taking Christ Out of Christmas (December 2007)
Baptist Bloggers (November 2007)
Al Mohler and Andy Stanley on the Future of Planet Earth (October 2007)
Mitt Romney's Presidential Ambitions (October 2007)
Politically Correct Baptists (September 2007)
Julie Pennington-Russell and Dorothy Patterson (August 2007)
The Decline of Separation of Church and State (July 2007)
June and January Baptists (June 2007)
The Death of Jerry Falwell (May 2007)
Political God-Talk (April 2007)
Tim LaHaye's Rapture (March 2007)
Turning Our Children Into God's Warriors (February 2007)
Baptists Who Can't Forgive Jesus (January 2007)
Fear, War, Forgiving and Giving (December 2006)
Richard Land in Your Bedroom (November 2006)
The Current Affairs Bookshelf (October 2006)
America's Regional Gods (September 2006)
Billy Graham on the Mystery of Salvation (August 2006)
Chuck Poole on Biblical Christianity (July 2006)
Kevin Phillips and Sam Brownback on Theocracy (June 2006)
Russ Moore and James Smith on the Gospel & Jimmy Carter (May 2006)
The "War on Christians" (April 2006)
Baptists Backtracking on Freedom (March 2006)
Al Mohler on Singleness and Childlessness (February 2006)
Franklin Graham on Separation of Church and State (January 2006)
Rick Warren on the Bible (November 2005)
Tom Nettles on Inerrancy

 

Select Book Reviews

Scott, Sean A. A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War. New York, Oxford University Press, 2011.
             Journal of Religion, Vol. 92, No. 3, July 2012

Flynt, Wayne. Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2011.
             Baptist History & Heritage Journal, Spring 2012.

Various book reviews from 2005 to the present in the Baptist Studies Bulletin

Maury Klein. History of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2003.
              Journal of Appalachian Studies (Spring/Fall 2004)

Patrick Allitt, Religion in America Since 1945: A History
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (April 2004)

Jarrett Burch, Adiel Sherwood: Baptist Antebellum Pioneer ...
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (March 2004)

K. W. Clements, Editor, Baptists in the Twentieth Century
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (April 2004)

Randall H. Balmer, A Perfect Babel of Confusion
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (April 2004)

Terry Wolever, The Life and Ministry of John Gano, 1727 to 1804
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (December 2003)

James E. Tull, Shapers of Baptist Thought
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (December 2003)

Albert W. Wardin, Jr., Pioneer of the Baptist Movement in Poland
              Baptist Studies Bulletin (December 2003)

Terry G. Carter, The Journal & Selected Letters of Wm Carey
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (November 2003)

Kenneth Cauthen, I Don't Care What the Bible Says
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (November 2003)

William P. Tuck, The Lord's Prayer Today
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (October 2003)

William P. Tuck, Authentic Evangelism
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (October 2003)

Bill Leonard, Baptist Ways
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (September 2003)

Brent J. Walker, Editor, The Trophy of Baptists
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (August 2003)

Audra and Joe Trull, Editor, Putting Women in Their Place
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (August 2003)

Robert O. Brien, Editor, Stand with Christ
             Baptist Studies Bulletin (August 2003)

Malcolm O. Tolbert, Shaping the Church
             The Baptist Studies Bulletin (July 2003)

James E. Tull, High-Church Baptists in the South
             The Baptist Studies Bulletin (July 2003)

Samuel S. Hill, Religion in the Southern States: A Historical Study

Mark A. Noll, America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln

 

More Selected Articles and Resources

Getting Rid of Spam: A Practical Guide to Combating Junk Email
Safe Web Browsing: A Primer
Yellowstone Held Hostage by Million Dollar Cheeseburgers

Baptist Traditions and Beliefs: An Introduction
Baptist Persecution in Colonial America: An Outline
Religion and the American Civil War
Introduction to Fundamentalism
Islamic Fundamentalism: A Brief Survey
Seduced by Politics

 

Baptists Today "Lighter Side" Columns

Googling Baptists -- October 2004
Customized Bibles: Attractive, But a Bad Idea -- July 2004
Report from Above -- April 2004
Searching for the Perfect Church -- January 2004
Spamming for Jesus -- October 2003
God at the Movies -- July 2003
The King James Ye Never Knew -- April 2003
Who are Baptists? -- January 2003
Why Baptists Conquered the South -- October 2002
Slice-Style Evangelism -- July 2002
A Way, Way-Out Idea -- April 2002
 


Selected Op / Ed Pieces


Various, Bozeman Daily Chronicle (2009-present)

U.S. Wasn't Founded as a Christian Nation
              Macon Telegraph (July 24, 2005)

Happy Birthday Internet: Now, Where are You Taking Us?
               Baptists Today (February 2005)

Religious Polls from Yesteryear
              EthicsDaily.Com (August 17, 2004)

BWA Withdrawal Part of SBC Leaders' Anti-Baptist Political Agenda
              Mainstream Baptists (January 2004)

Which Baptists Actually Believe the Bible?
             Mainstream Baptists (June 2003)
 


News Stories


Attempt to Create "Great State" Transcends Politics as Usual -- Baptists Today (September 2, 2003)