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Church Planting in Early Baptist History (Part 2)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Church Planting in Early Baptist History (Part 2) Submitted by Prof. Renihan The London church under the ministry of Hanserd Knollys sent Thomas Tillam[1] to another one of the “dark corners of the land,” the North (County Durham), in December 1651. He was appointed to a lectureship by the “Committee for the Propagation of the [...]

Church Planting in Early Baptist History (Part 1)

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Church Planting in Early Baptist History submitted by Prof. Renihan Almost as soon as Calvinistic Baptists appeared on the scene in 1640s England, they demonstrated a whole-hearted commitment to evangelism and church planting. 

The Right Climate for Immersion?

Friday, August 8th, 2008

The right climate for immersion? Submitted by IRBS Fellow Ian Fuller, Ph.D. In January 1642, 53 believers were baptized by immersion in the River Thames.  Historical theology tells us of the religious climate leading to this act of obedience practiced by our Particular Baptist forefathers in the Jacob-Lathrop-Jessey Church in London, but what of the [...]

Who chooses Pastors?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Who chooses pastors? Submitted by Prof. Renihan It seems strange to me that some churches have adopted a method of choosing pastors/elders which bypasses any direct involvement of the congregation. Such a notion is ahistorical in any but hierarchical churches, unbiblical and outside the whole tradition of interpretation, and theologically indefensible in so-called Free churches. [...]

Calling a General Assembly in 1689

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The Letter Calling for the 1689 General Assembly (This material is taken from Joseph Ivimey’s History of the English Baptists, Vol. 1: Pg. 478-480). “The following is a copy of [the letter] sent to the church at Luppitt, in Devonshire, the place where the present church at Upottery then met. London, July 22, 1689. “To [...]

Benjamin Keach on Justification (Part 2)

Friday, August 1st, 2008

‘Tis a hard Case that any of those who maintain the Old Doctrine of Justification, should be branded with the black Name of Antinomians. As for my part, if Dr. Crisp be not misrepresented by his Opposers, I am not of his Opinion in several respects; but I had rather erre on their side, who [...]

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