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Continuing with the testimony of Joseph Alleine’s wife. Here, she speaks about his pastoral ministry.
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.
Another gem from George Swinnock: Reader, remember thine errand at ordinances is to get grace.
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.
We arrive at the climax and denouement of our story. Judge Hyde accuses Keach of being a Fifth Monarchy Man, which interestingly, Keach does not deny. This does not mean, of course, that he accepted this moniker. Perhaps he knew that responding to such a charge might only make matters worse. In any case, Keach […]
Though Keach was offered the opportunity of waiting, he seems to have desired to move ahead without delay.
We continue with more of the account of Benjamin Keach’s trial. The Clarendon Code was in full force, and one senses the bitterness directed toward the current clergy of that church in Keach’s remarks.
Records from the English court system exist in a variety of places; many are accessible to us through massive published volumes. In light of our recent excerpt about Benjamin Keach, it seems good to follow it with a more detailed account. This happened during the reign of Charles II, after the Act of Uniformity had […]
English County histories are often interesting and entertaining. When written by someone sympathetic with Dissent, they frequently include vignettes about incidents during the 17th Century involving people we admire. I recently found this brief treatment of Benjamin Keach in Robert Gibbs’s 1888 book The Worthies of Buckinghamshire and Men of Note of that County.
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 […]« Previous Entries Next Entries »