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William Kiffin, Conspirator against the King?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Life for Dissenters during the reign of Charles II could be very difficult, especially for those of prominence. William Kiffin was marked in two ways: he was a wealthy and successful merchant in London, and he was the well-known pastor of a Baptist congregation in the city. Together, these marked him for sometimes very unwanted [...]

William Kiffin, Merchant

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I recently found an interesting letter linking William Kiffin to the import of Irish wool in 1673. The wool belonged to the Marquess of Ormond. The letter, from Col. Richard Laurence to Capt. George Mathew, describes the business of transporting and importing the wool. It provides an interesting insight into the esteem in which Kiffin [...]

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.

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.

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