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In the Second London Confession, Chapter 27 paragraph 2 we read: “Saints by profession are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services, as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in outward things according to their several abilities, [...]
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.
In 1681, Nehemiah Coxe preached a sermon at the ordination of officers in a London church. That sermon was published and later portions of it were used by Benjamin Keach, in his book Tropologia, to reinforce the importance of the gospel ministry.
Pastor, how do you spend your time? Is it devoted to the study of spiritual things? Here are some words from a Master, comments made in an ordination sermon: And I do not know a warning that I judge more necessary to be given those who are called this day, than to charge them not [...]
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 [...]
The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Confessionalism Adrift Amid the Siren Cries for Relevancy – Part 2 What is behind this? What is the big motivation to be relevant? One of the great idols for pastors and churches is numbers.
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.
Perhaps the best day of our tour was the Lord’s Day we spent in Bradford-on-Avon. We worshiped at the Old Baptist Chapel, a congregation in existence since the 17th Century. They sent messengers to the Particular Baptist General Assembly in London in 1689, and they still believe the same things today.
Today we are in the ancient Roman town, Bath (for all of us Americans, that is Baath–you will be corrected if you don’t say it properly). While there isn’t much here in the way of Baptist or Puritan history, it is nevertheless a beautiful town and worth a visit.
This is a day to drive and enjoy scenery–at least in the morning. We will be turning west and south, passing through the beautiful Cotswolds.« Previous Entries Next Entries »