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A ‘Man-Taker’

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Joseph Ivimey records this fascinating anecdote about a 17th century General Baptist pastor, George Hammon. It was the normal practice of the day for ministers to do itinerant evangelistic work, even during times of great persecution.

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 [...]

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 [...]

B&PH Tour Day 5

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

It’s hard to believe how quickly our tour is passing. Today we continue to travel north, with an emphasis on  Baptist history. Our first destination is the village of Moulton and the Carey Baptist Church.

January 2010 IRBS Course: Baptist Symbolics (and a bonus!)

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies expects to offer the course CH/ST535 Baptist Symbolics in a two week format January 11-22, 2010 on the campus of Westminster Seminary California, Escondido. 

An Antipaedobaptist who was ‘One of the First of the Clergy to Introduce Reformation’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Only a few men of credobaptist convictions were ejected from Church of England pulpits by the Act of Uniformity. While most of them came to serve Baptist congregations, the most important of them, John Tombes, did not.

Sherwood’s Remarkable Courage

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The punishments placed on the ejected Puritan ministers were often severe. Often dependent on the whims of the local magistrates, their courage was tried and tested.

Gems from Calamy & Palmer: Obscure but Faithful

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

One of the great pieces of literature about the Puritan era is The Nonconformist’s Memorial originally penned by Edmund Calamy, and later revised and updated by Samuel Palmer. Many years ago, I obtained a single volume of the set, and find it fascinating and edifying.

The Resurrection of the Ministry of the Church

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

While many teach that Christianity must bring health and wealth, those who read Scripture understand that the opposite is true: our faith carries us through darkness.

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