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John Calvin, in his Commentary on 1 Timothy, expresses the foundational importance of pastors to the church. They are the ones who propagate, defend and spread the truth.
Jessey’s search for truth led him to examine the Scriptures closely, and accept the doctrine of Believer’s Baptism. Here is the story of that change of mind.
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.
Many years ago, I visited the town of Barnard Castle in Northern England. Little did I know that it had once been the site of such a careful ministry. This is from The Nonconformist’s Memorial 1:380-381:
Antipodes (n.), A word to describe two opposite points on earth. Do you remember when you were a child and you thought that if you dug a deep enough hole in your back yard you would come out in China?
The Pattern of Sound Doctrine: Systematic Theology at the Westminster Seminaries: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Strimple, David VanDrunen, ed. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2004). This is a book that Reformed Baptists need to read. It addresses a series of issues relevant to our own struggles and identity over the last fifty years, […]
How great is the goodness of God! The borders of grace are enlarged to the Gentiles, and not hid under the skirts of the Jews. He that was so long the God of the Jews, is now also manifest to be the God of the Gentiles: the gospel is now made known to all nations, […]
In a sermon titled “The Last Judgment” a well-known preacher begins with these words: “IT is the case that the pulpit appears sometimes in our days degraded almost to the level of an actor’s stage, and the sermon to an object of mere sentimental amusement.
In 2002, a series of essays entitled The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism ed. Deryck Lovegrove (London: Routledge, 2002) was published. The lead article, was written by Carl Trueman and called “Reformers, Puritans and Evangelicals: The Lay Connection.”
We live in a day when the distinctions between pastors and people have largely broken down. Loud voices cry out, calling for a mobilization of every member of the church, as if all had the same call and responsibilities from the Lord. While this may be the dominant view today, it is really an historical […]« Previous Entries Next Entries »