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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 [...]

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 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.

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 2)

Friday, July 24th, 2009

We continue with more of the account of Benjamin Keach’s trial. The Clarendon Code was in full force, and one senses the bitterness directed toward the current clergy of that church in Keach’s remarks.

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Records from the English court system exist in a variety of places; many are accessible to us through massive published volumes. In light of our recent excerpt about Benjamin Keach, it seems good to follow it with a more detailed account. This happened during the reign of Charles II, after the Act of Uniformity had [...]

Benjamin Keach, Worthy of Buckinghamshire

Monday, July 20th, 2009

English County histories are often interesting and entertaining. When written by someone sympathetic with Dissent, they frequently include vignettes about incidents during the 17th Century involving people we admire. I recently found this brief treatment of Benjamin Keach in Robert Gibbs’s 1888 book The Worthies of Buckinghamshire and Men of Note of that County.

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