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Preaching is the First Mark of the True Church: Why Faithful Pastors Matter So Much

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

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.

Thomas Hardcastle of Broadmead, Bristol

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

One of the most interesting and valuable records of the 17th century is the published manuscript of Edward Terrill, who recorded the history of the Broadmead, Bristol Particular Baptist Church.

Richard Adams, A Disciple of John Tombes

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Though John Tombes continued as a member in the Church of England after his ejection, his disciples did not. Here is a brief notice of Richard Adams, who studied under Tombes and later followed Daniel Dyke as co-pastor with William Kiffin.

A Saint Goes Home

Friday, April 24th, 2009

The accounts of the deaths of God’s people have always been moving. Here we learn how this good man, Henry Jessey, faced the last enemy.

Henry Jessey Becomes a Baptist

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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.

Henry Jessey: Early Days

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

While our previous posts have highlighted men who are not well known, this will turn our attention to a man we should all know and revere: Henry Jessey. It is from Vol 1: 129-135. We will break it into several parts.

An Antipaedobaptist who was ‘One of the First of the Clergy to Introduce Reformation’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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.

An Excellent Scholar, A Good Critic and Mighty in the Scriptures

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The Act of Uniformity stripped the English Church of many of its best and brightest. George Hammond’s life is a testimony to the intellectual talent of which the Church was deprived.

Sherwood’s Remarkable Courage

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The punishments placed on the ejected Puritan ministers were often severe. Often dependent on the whims of the local magistrates, their courage was tried and tested.

A Different Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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:

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