Readers of Ecclesial Theology may be interested in a recent post by Methodist blogger Brad Bunn, "A Methodist Chats About Catholic Baptists: Sacramental Theology on the Rise." Brad makes connections (rightly, I think) between the broader interest in the "New Monasticism," the Baptist theological trajectory I explored in my essay "Catholic Baptists and the New Horizon of Tradition in Baptist Theology" (published initially as a chapter in New Horizons in Theology, ed. Terrence W. Tilley [Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2005] and later in revised form as the first chapter in my book Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision [Milton Keynes, U.K.: Paternoster, 2006]), and Brad's own pilgrimage as a Methodist convinced that God acts powerfully to make brothers and sisters in Christ out of strangers as they gather around the table in Eucharistic celebration. Here's a quote from Brad's blog post (Brad is in turn quoting from Re-Envisioning Baptist Identity: A Manifesto for Baptist Communities in North America):
It is within the affirmations of such patristic traditions that Catholic Baptists are able to affirm the following in terms of sacramental theology: “We affirm baptism, preaching, and the Lord’s table as powerful signs that seal God’s faithfulness in Christ and express our response of awed gratitude rather than as mechanical rituals or mere symbols.” It is within those powerful signs that change is evoked. Methodists, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, and Lutherans should be waving on our Baptist brethren as they tentatively try to leave their sacramental closets and join the rest of us who hold to the notion that God does something to us in such a way that we're changed forever.