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Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society available for free download

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Many years ago, when I was a very poor Ph.D. student, I spent a term working at the Angus Library, Regent’s Park College, Oxford. With very limited resources, I purchased several out-of-print journals and books, but I had to decline what would have been a true prize, a complete set of the Transactions of the […]

The Origin of Modern Baptists

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

About two years ago, I was asked to contribute to an online discussion of Baptist origins, published in the Journal of Baptist Studies. My task was to present the English Separatist view of Baptist development. The question is an important one, and deserves careful thought. I sought to write based on the use of a selection of […]

Daniel Dyke, A.M., Particular Baptist Minister

Friday, February 12th, 2010

From a 19th Century periodical The Church published in the north of England, we take this brief biography of a little known father of our faith.

Shared Gospel Ministry

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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, […]

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.

Nehemiah Coxe on the Importance of the Gospel Ministry and the Means of Grace

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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.

Sobering Words about Baptism

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

From Benjamin Keach’s Tropologia or Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible page 632: We would caution all that would approach to this sacred evangelical ordinance, unless they be dead to sin, that is, such as truly and really hate wickedness, and the empty vanities of the world; and unless they have a […]

A Year with Baptist Classics

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

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 […]

Henry Dunster, First President of Harvard College

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Among the fascinating people of colonial American Baptist history, Henry Dunster must rank right at the top. A graduate of Cambridge University and an orthodox puritan divine, Dunster was chosen, at the age of 28, to serve as the first president of Harvard College. His scholarship, preaching ability and leadership skills made him the perfect […]

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 […]

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