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Changin’ Times (Part 1)

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

On September 1, we were delighted to sit under the ministry of Pastor Jeff Oliver who spoke at the 2009-10 Academic Year opening service of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. We hope soon to have a video recording of this address available. In the meantime, here is Rev. Oliver’s lecture revised for posting on […]

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 […]

Tewkesbury’s Old Baptist Chapel

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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.

The Lord’s Day in Bradford-on-Avon

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

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.

Gainsborough’s Old Hall

Friday, July 10th, 2009

On the day of our Pilgrim Tour, we visited a really wonderful site, Gainsborough’s Old Hall. While it is always fun to see an ancient Manor House, especially one so authentic as this, it is even better when the building has such an important historical tie.

Pulpits: The Preached Word (Part 1)

Monday, July 6th, 2009

We all have those little things we enjoy doing when we visit places. Since I hold such a high view of the preaching ministry, one of my favorite things to do in historic places is standing in (or next to) pulpits in churches. I had lots of opportunities on the tour.

Inside the Fence

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

I cannot express how much I enjoyed our recent tour of England. I will try to post some thoughts and pictures from some of the highlights. A question one must answer when planning a tour such as this is, “How do we keep the Lord’s Day holy?” Just because one is on vacation, we are […]

B&PH Tour Day 9

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Today is another Lord’s Day, and we are looking forward to worshiping with God’s people. We will be attending services at the Old Baptist Chapel in Bradford-on-Avon, now served by Paul Oliver, the son of Dr. Robert Oliver.

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. 

Why Johnny Can’t Preach

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I have frequently found T. David Gordon’s writing to be stimulating and thought-provoking. He is not afriad to cut against the grain of popular opinion, and his diagnoses of the ills and missteps of the modern church are often right on target.

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