My name is Steve Holmes.

I am a Baptist minister by vocation; I write a lot and speak in many places; I am employed as Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of St Andrews.

This is my personal website. You can find here some details about my writing and speaking, my cv, and a link to my blog.

If you want to connect, I tweet on @SteveRHolmes; I am also on Facebook.

Welcome to my new online home. Do look around.

My Writing

My most recent book is Baptist Theology: An Introductionpublished by T&T Clark March 2012

This is an introductory volume which offers a history of Baptist theology, and my own constructive account of what the tradition ought to look like.

‘In exploring the Baptist tradition, Stephen Holmes offers an astonishing range of material packed into a relatively small space. He clarifies the difficult balance between individuality and life in community that Baptists have tried to maintain, and with an exceptional ease he integrates history with theology, offering many insightful theological judgements as he tells the story. In a masterful way he sets the development of a particular group within the wider movements of church, society and Christian thought, in a tour de force that should be read by all students of the Christian Church.’ – Paul S. Fiddes, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, UK

Available from Amazon here.

My previous book was The Holy Trinity: Understanding God’s Life(Paternoster, 2012) (IVP USA will be producing an American edition in the next few months).

This is an account of the historical development of the doctrine of the Trinity, arguing that the late twentieth-century Trinitarian revival was in fact a failure.

It is rare to write something which can be both a textbook and a real intervention in a debate, but Steve Homes has pulled it off. As a textbook for serious students, this is superb, covering the history of the doctrine in a way that is fresh, illuminating, concise and intelligent. I wish we had had it sooner. As an intervention in the debate, it is deeply provocative,  for it calls into question almost the whole of the so-called Trinitarian revival of the 20th and 21st centuries. Karen Kilby, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Nottingham.

Available from Amazon here.

Earlier books include: The Wondrous CrossListening to the Past; and God of Grace and God of Glory

Books I have edited or co-edited include: SCM Reader in Christian DoctrineWalk this WayWhat are we Waiting For?The Person of ChristThe Practice of TheologyPublic Theology in Cultural Engagement; and The Bible in Pastoral Practice.

A fairly complete list of my academic writing can be found here.

My speaking and preaching

Various examples of my preaching and speaking are available online, some even for free.

I preach regularly at St Andrews Baptist Church; all our sermons are recorded and podcast here. I also preach in other places, but I don’t keep a list of what gets podcast and what doesn’t

Recordings of some of my conference speaking are available to buy from Essential Christian here. Highlights include Living Like Maggots: Is preaching still relevant in the C21st? (Baptist Assembly 2009); One People(on God’s place for Israel; Spring Harvest, 2007); and God and Genocide in the Old Testament (Spring Harvest, 2011).

If you look, you can find three Reformation Day lectures I gave at Covenant College in 2009 on iTunes; they are in the Covenant College Chapel podcast.

If for some reason you would like to see me in action, you can buy a DVD of a sermon on Esther 4 (Spring Harvest, 2010) here.



I teach theology in St Mary’s College, the School of Divinity of the University of St Andrews.

At St Mary’s, I am also programme director for a taught postgraduate course, our MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology. You can read about it here.

I am also co-director of the University of St Andrews Centre for Higher Education Research.

Other academic institutions I have some connection with include: Spurgeon’s College (where I studied and later taught), and Westminster Theological College (where I will be doing some teaching in 2013).



I am a member and elder of St Andrews Baptist Church, which is a member church of the Baptist Union of Scotland.

I serve on the Board of the Evangelical Alliance, and chair its Theology and Public Policy Advisory Commission.

I am a Council member of the Scottish Bible Society.

I also work one day/month for the British and Foreign Bible Society, including being on the editorial board of a journal they publish called The Bible in Transmission.

I have spoken every year for the last several at Spring Harvest, and also been on their site leadership team in the past.

Fusion, New Wine, Christian Vision for Men, and the CafeChurch Network are all great organisations which I am pleased to have some sort of involvement with.