Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology by John S. Hammett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Well-written. Well-researched. Thoughtful. Generally fair to alternative positions.
One of its best strengths — thoroughly Biblical. He engages in critical exegetical and synthetical (or: systematizing) examination of scripture.
Main complaint (and I say this as one who adheres to Baptist distinctives) — I think he overestimates the clarity of scripture’s testimony to what we call “congregationalism” today, especially in his engagement with what is called “elder rule” polity. Furthermore, I think his actual case for congregationalism is weak. A better case can and should be made than the one he offers.
But, to avoid ending on a negative note — a solid book I will definitely recommend to others in the future.