Festschrift Honours Commission Member
In January 2013 Dr. Ian Randall (UK) was honoured with a Festschrift on the occasion of his 65th birthday by Spurgeon’s College London and the Baptist Historical Society. The book is titled Grounded in Grace and celebrates the recipient’s wide-ranging personal and academic interests.
After a childhood in the far north of Scotland, and experience of some different Christian traditions, Randall moved south and worked as an electrical engineer. He then studied at Oxford and pastored two churches. In 1992 he joined the faculty of Spurgeon’s College and continued his higher studies at masters and doctoral levels. He soon established himself as a careful and prodigious scholar and writer with a large number of publications and a heavy speaking load. He specialised in Anabaptist studies and evangelical history and spirituality.
He also added editorial work and then became actively involved with the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague, where he taught and supervised many research candidates. He was also part of the Keswick convention committee and chair of the UK Evangelical Alliance theological commission.
The book has 18 chapters contributed by associates and friends in Britain and Europe which cover topics ranging from Bunyan, the Hussites, Baptists in various European countries, Baptist confessions of faith, baptism, and the World Missionary Conference (1910).
There is a “select bibliography” of the subject’s works over twenty years extending to 8 pages.
Commending the book, Parush R. Parushev, Pro-Rector of the International Baptist Theological Seminary, said, “Ian Randall’s colleagues and former students have produced an impressive and fascinating collection of essays, full of insight and wisdom. Critical, constructive and engaging, scholarly yet accessible, this Festschrift is truly grounded in grace – an important testimony to the legacy of an outstanding scholar. “
The Festschrift is edited by Dr Pieter J. Lalleman, Academic Dean at Spurgeon’s College, Dr Peter J. Morden, Tutor in Church History and Spirituality at Spurgeon’s College and Dr Anthony R. Cross, a Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford University. For more information, contact Spurgeon’s College or the Baptist Historical Society. For book orders, contact Manna Christian Books.