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A Year with Baptist Classics

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

A Year with Baptist Classics compiled by Dr. James Renihan and Michael Gaydosh Can you name the Baptist pastor who served one church for over 50 years, and left us a marvelous testimony of his faith? Did you know that a famous Baptist wrote a book similar to The Pilgrim’s Progress, and that it was […]

Henry Dunster, First President of Harvard College

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Among the fascinating people of colonial American Baptist history, Henry Dunster must rank right at the top. A graduate of Cambridge University and an orthodox puritan divine, Dunster was chosen, at the age of 28, to serve as the first president of Harvard College. His scholarship, preaching ability and leadership skills made him the perfect […]

The Quiet Sin

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

In 1859, a book titled Sketches and Lessons From Daily Life was published under the pen name ‘Felix Friendly.’ It is an interesting little work, devotional in nature, and thought provoking in execution.

Joseph Alleine’s Pastoral Prayer

Monday, August 10th, 2009

After he was ejected from his ministry in Taunton, Joseph Alleine continued to be deeply concerned for the welfare of the flock he was forced to leave. He wrote letters to them, urging them to find Christ and to pursue holiness. He exposed his heart to his people by including the words of his prayer […]

A Puritan Wife’s Testimony to Her Husband’s Ministry (Part 2)

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Continuing with the testimony of Joseph Alleine’s wife. Here, she speaks about his pastoral ministry.

A Puritan Wife’s Testimony to Her Husband’s Ministry (Part 1)

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Joseph Alleine is known for his book An ALarm to the Unconverted.  He had a fruitful ministry in the western town of Taunton, but suffered the fate of many in 1662, when his conscience would not allow him to accede to the wicked demands of the King and his bishops.

The Most Benefit from the Means of Grace

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Another gem from George Swinnock: Reader, remember thine errand at ordinances is to get grace.

The Amazing Privilege of Prayer

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I am constantly amazed at the combination of devotion and scholarship present in Puritan authors. They demonstrate that there is no contradiction between careful, dedicated study and reverent worship to God.

A Welcome to the Plague?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

In 1666 (it has been referred to as ‘that apocalyptical year 1666’) plague ravaged England. In London, 60,000 people–that’s one out of every five–died from this horrible disease. One of the ejected Puritans, Samuel Shaw, penned a response to the plague’s visit to his house (he lived about 60 miles northwest of London). It is […]

Tewkesbury’s Old Baptist Chapel

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Several years ago, I purchased a booklet on eBay about a building called the Old Baptist Chapel in Tewkesbury. It purported to be the oldest extant Baptist meeting house in England. Reading the booklet made it seem like a worthwhile visit for our tour. Reality by far exceeded expectations.

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