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Senior Research Fellow

Revd Dr Stuart Blythe

BD (Rueschlikon), MA (Glasgow), MTh (Wales/Spurgeon’s), MEd (University of the West of Scotland), PhD (Edinburgh)

Dr Blythe was the first Rector of the International Baptist Theological Study Centre Amsterdam from 2014-2017. Prior to that he was Senior Lecturer and acting principal of the Scottish Baptist College. Dr Blythe is now Professor of the John Gladstone Chair in Preaching and Worship and Dean of the Sarah Daley Nickerson Chapel at Acadia Divinity College, Canada.

Research Interests

Dr Blythe's research interest is in the field of Practical Theology with particular emphasis on research methodology, homiletics and education.


‘Committed at the Core and Open at the Edges’, Scottish Baptist Magazine, January 2000.

‘Preaching and the Missionary Intention of the Church’ College of Preachers Journal, January 2004

‘Help! There’s a Young Person in My Congregation: Cross Generational Preaching’, College of Preachers Journal, July 2005

‘Open-Air Preaching: Performing Beyond the Walls’, in Worship and Liturgy in Context: Studies and Case Studies in Contemporary Christian Practice, ed. by Duncan B. Forrester and Doug Gay (London: SCM 2009), 246-258

‘Leading to Where?’, Transforming Leadership, ed. By Andrew Rollinson, (Glasgow: Baptist Union of Scotland, 2009), 26-32

‘British Nuclear Weapons: A Jesus Radical Witness to Church and State’, published Jesus Radicals website, April, 2011 (no longer available).

 ‘George MacLeod’s Open-Air Preaching: Performance and Counter-Performance’, Theology in Scotland, Spring 2011, XVIII (3), 21-33

‘Under Christ’s Rule’, Study Guide on Baptist ‘convictions’ and ‘practices’, Glasgow: Baptist Union of Scotland, October 2011, available https://www.scottishbaptist.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/UnderChristsRule.pdf

‘Going Back to Church’, a sermon essay, Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, (Vol. 14, No. 1), Spring 2013, 6-11.

‘A Theology of Preaching’ College of Preachers Magazine, October 2013.

‘Collaborative Preaching and Community Theatre’ Journal of European Baptist Studies, 14 (3), May 2014, 5-21.

‘James Haldane’s Open-Air Preaching, 1797-1805’ Baptist Quarterly, 46 (1) January 2015, 27–43.

‘A Word From: The Practice of our Preaching’, Review & Expositor, 112 (1), February 2015, 11-14.

‘A Word From: How Can We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land’, Review & Expositor, 112 (2), May 2015, 197-200.

‘6 Ways to Recognize Today's Prophets’, Ethics Daily, May 26, 2015, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/6-ways-to-recognize-todays-prophets-cms-22673

‘Athol Gill (1937-1992): Incarnational Disciple’, Baptistic Theologies, 6 (1) Spring 2014, 98-118 (published in May 2015).

‘A Word From: Saint’s and Witnesses’, Review & Expositor, 112 (3), August 2015, 362-365.

‘Open-Air Preaching as Radical Street Performance’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, 16 (1) September 2015, 5-26.

‘Editorial’, Baptistic Theologies, 7 (2), Autumn 2015.

‘On Being European, Human Rights and Grace’, Ethics Daily, November 11, 2015, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/on-being-european-human-rights-and-grace-cms-23065

‘Just Imagine: No Longer Reducing Others to Labels’, Ethics Daily, December 4, 2015, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/just-imagine-no-longer-reducing-others-to-labels-cms-23113

‘Daring Greatly through women... with the courage to step outside the box’, Baptists Together President Blog, December 2015, http://www.baptist.org.uk/Articles/456439/Stuart_Blythe_Daring.aspx

‘Editorial’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, 16 (2), Jan 2016.

‘An Example of Christian Leadership You're Not Expecting’, Ethics Daily, March 31, 2016, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/an-example-of-christian-leadership-youre-not-expecting-cms-23345

‘Communal Discernment: A Scottish Baptist Perspective’ translated into Dutch by Tineke and Douwe Visser and published as: ‘Als gemeente samen Gods wil onderscheiden: een Schots-baptistisch perspectief’ in Samen Ontdekken!  De uitdaging van de vergader(en)de gemeente: samen de wil van Christus onderscheiden, ed by Ingeborg Janssen-te Loo, Unie van Baptistengemeenten in Nederland (April 2016), pp. 74-92.)

‘Editorial’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, 16 (3), May 2016.

‘The Role of Individual Volition in Moral Formation’, Ethics Daily, May 25, 2016, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/the-role-of-individual-volition-in-moral-formation-cms-23443

‘Editorial’, Baptistic Theologies, 8 (1), Spring 2016.

‘Editorial’, Baptistic Theologies 8 (2), Autumn 2016.

‘Should Christians Wash Their Linen in Public?’, Ethics Daily, September 19, 2016, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/should-christians-wash-their-linen-in-public--cms-23640

‘Editorial’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, 16 (4), September 2016.

‘Faith and Conviction in Educational Settings’, S Blythe and J Gordon, in Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Learning and Teaching Environment, (Auchtermuchty: Swan and Horn, 2016), 303-312.

‘Why You Must Do More Than Wish for “Peace” on Earth’, Ethics Daily, December 22, 2016, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/why-you-must-do-more-than-wish-for-peace-on-earth-cms-23802

‘Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights’, Ethics Daily, January 5, 2017, http://www.ethicsdaily.com/helping-more-churches-commit-to-supporting-human-rights-cms-23831

‘Editorial’, Journal of European Baptist Studies, 17 (1), Spring 2017.

‘“Your Will Be Always Done”: Congregational Discernment as Contextual Discipleship’ in Gathering Disciples: Essays in Honor of Christopher J. Ellis, ed. by M. Blyth and A. Goodliff (Oregon: Pickwick, 2017), 75-88.

‘I Want to Preach Like a Woman: Catherine Booth as Antagonistic Subject’, Baptistic Theologies 9:1 (2017), 15-32.

‘OPEN-AIR PREACHING: A LONG AND DIVERSE TRADITION’, Perichoresis, Volume 16. Issue 1 (2018), 61–80

‘The Research Supervisor as Friend’, Practical Theology, Volume 11. Issue 5 (2018), 401-411

‘Effective Research Supervision’, Journal European Baptist Studies, 19:1, (2019), 95-110.


‘The Place of Preaching in the Church’s Mission: Luke 4:16-30,’ Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, 19:2, (2019), 46-67.

Sermon called ‘Trouble!’ – based upon Matthew 1: 18 to end, republished in The Canterbury Preacher’s Companion, 2020, for St. Joseph’s Day, 19 March, 2020.

‘DMin as Practical Theology,’ Religions 12:1 (2021), https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/1/31/htm

‘Teaching Preaching as Practical Theology,’ Journal of European Baptist Studies, 21:1 (2021), https://jebs.eu/ojs/index.php/jebs/article/view/697

‘George Calling: A Rhetorical Analysis of Four Broadcast Sermons Preached by the Rev. George F. MacLeod from Govan in 1934,’ Religions 13:5 (2022), https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/13/5/420/htm

‘God’s Rhetoric: Preaching and Covid-19 in the Atlantic Provinces, Canada,’ Journal of Baptist Theology in Context 5 (2022),  https://www.jbtc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/JBTC-Issue-5.1.pdf

Book Reviews

‘The Gospel According to Tolkein: Visions of the Kingdom of Middle Earth by Ralph Wood’, College of Preachers Journal, January 2005

John Lyons, William and Isabella Sandwell (eds.), Delivering the Word: Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Tradition (Equinox, 2012) in Regent’s Reviews, October 2013, 5:1.

Craigo-Snell, Shannon, The Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily Hope, (Oxford University Press, 2014) in Regent’s Reviews, April 2015, 6:2.

Fowler, Stanley K. Rethinking Baptism: Some Baptist Reflections, (Wipf and Stock 2015) in Regent’s Review, 2016, 7:2.

Carson, Marion L. S., Human Trafficking, the Bible, and the Church, Cascade Books, 2016, published cover endorsement.

Fletcher, John. Preaching to Convert: Evangelical Outreach and Performance Activism in a Secular Age, (University of Michigan Press, 2013) in BT, 2016, 8:1.

Gilbert, Kenyatta R. A Pursued Justice: Black Preaching from the Great Migration to Civil Rights, (Baylor University Press, 2016) in BT, 2016, 8:2.      

Brian Talbot (ed.) A Distinctive People: A Thematic Study of Aspects of the Witness of Baptists in Scotland in the Twentieth Century (Milton Keynes: Paternoster 2014), in BQ, 2016, 47:3.

Jacobsen, David Schnasa (ed.) Homiletical Theology in Action: The Unfinished Theological Task of Preaching, (Cascade Books, 2015) in JEBS, 2017, 7:1.

Ryan Anderson Newson, Radical Friendship: The Politics of Communal Discernment (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017) in Regent’s Reviews, 9:2 (2018), 31.

Aaron P. Edwards, A Theology of Preaching and Dialectic: Scriptural Tension, Heraldic Proclamation and the Pneumatological Moment (London: T&T Clark, 2018) in Regent’s Reviews, 10:2 (2019), 46.

Memberships & Networks

Accredited minister with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada
Member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society

Other Activities

‘Blessed are the poor in spirit...The mental well-being of young people, theological reflections and pastoral considerations’, Third Conference on Youth Ministry, Oxford, 1999.

‘Mair Lectures on Preaching’ at Glasgow University, November 2009: ‘Preaching as Theatres’.

‘Baptist Identity’ paper for Baptist Union of Scotland Council’, May 2010.

‘Baptist Convictions’ addresses to Baptist Union of Scotland Assembly, October 2010.

‘Keswick at Buckie Conference’, August 2011.

‘Preaching as Rough Theatre’ short paper delivered at Theatrical Theology Conference St Andrews University, (August, 2012).

‘Preaching the Year’, A Continuing Ministerial Education Event sponsored by the Scottish Episcopal Church Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway Centre for Ministry Development & Trinity College Continuing Ministerial Education, November, 2012.

‘Collaborative Preaching as Community Theatre’, post-graduate seminar paper delivered at IBTS Research Colloquium, Prague, January 2014.

‘Nationhood and Identity’, Irish Baptist Network, Belfast, May 2014.

‘Nationhood and Identity’, Newton Mearns Catalyst Event, Glasgow, May 2014

 ‘Athol Gill: Incarnational Disciple’, Convictional Theologies Conference, IBTSC, Amsterdam, November 2014.

‘How can we sing the LORD’s Song in a Foreign Land?’, Leadership in Ministry Seminar, Mennonite Church Canada, CMU Winnipeg, February 2015.

‘The Future of Theological Education’ EBF Council, Bucharest, September 2015.

‘Being in the World’, Leadership Conference for the Baptist Union of Norway, March 2016.

‘Re-Imagining Discipleship, Church, and Mission’ EBF Children and Youth Workers and Mission Conference, Vienna, March 2017.

‘Eating Forbidden Food: Peter, Baptist Polity and Engaging with Culture,’ Oasis Forum, Wolfville Baptist, 22 August 2018.

‘Flying Kites: Perspectives from the Other Side’, Simpson Lectures, ADC, 2018.

‘The Research Supervisor as Friend’, presented at, Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference, Winnipeg, June 2018.

“Preaching as Though Scripture is Addressed to Us”, workshop presented at Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, Toronto, November 12, 2018.

Leader of ‘Fine Tuned preaching’ group, Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship, Toronto, November 13, 2018.

Seminar: ‘Preaching as Oral Graffiti’, Lester Randall preaching Fellowship, Toronto, October 2019.