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Mission and Ministry Advisor

The Revd Dr James G M Purves

LLB (Edinburgh), BD (Edinburgh), PhD (Aberdeen)

Dr Purves is a minister of the Scottish Baptist Union. He has served in pastoral ministry and taught in seminaries and colleges accross Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He is currently Mission and Ministry Advisor at the Baptist Union of Scotland.


‘Becoming Who We Are: Re-envisioning Christian Identity’, Baptist Union of Scotland, 2018

The Triune God and the Charismatic Movement, Paternoster, Carlisle, 2004.

How Theology Became Nonsense   on Amazon Kindle worldwide, 1st December 2012

A Clear Witness: A Framework For Ethical Thinking Today, BUS, 2017

‘Reappraising Ministry, Mission and Discipleship from a Scottish Perspective’, in In the thick of things: Doing Discipleship in a Baptist way, Baptistic Theologies Vol. 7.2, Amsterdam: IBTS Centre, 2015.

‘Missional Identities Woven in Tartan: Convictional Drivers and Practices in the Baptist Union of Scotland’, inBaptistic Theologies Vol. 6.2, Prague: IBTS, 2014.

‘Righteousness, Only Righteousness: Sex and Ethics in Scotland Today’, BUS Publication, August 2013

‘Water, Fire & Wind: Visiting the Roots of Pentecostal Pneumatology’ in Communio Viaticum, Charles University, Prague, 2011.

‘The Missional Doxology of the Philippian Hymn’ in Baptistic Theologies Vol. 3.1, Prague: IBTS, 2011.

 ‘Presence and Proclamation: what might Baptists and Orthodox learn from each other in the pursuit of Christian mission?’ in Baptistic Theologies Vol. 2.1, Prague: IBTS, 2010.

Varied Articles incl.  ‘Systematic Theology’, ‘Christian Dogmatics’,  ‘Logos’, ‘Christology’, ‘Election’, in Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought, John Briggs (Chief Editor), Paternoster, 2009

‘The Sacrament of Fearful Intimacy’ in  Baptist Sacramentalism Vol 2, Edited by Cross & Thompson, Paternoster, 2008

‘Why I became - and remain - a Baptist’ - article for BUof S Praxis, September 2008

Leadership and a Baptist Identity Crisis in  Transforming Leadership: essays exploring leadership in a Baptist context, Edited by Andrew Rollinson, Baptist Union of Scotland Publications, 2008.