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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.

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 4)

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

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 […]

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 3)

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Though Keach was offered the opportunity of waiting, he seems to have desired to move ahead without delay.

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 2)

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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.

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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 […]

Benjamin Keach, Worthy of Buckinghamshire

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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.

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