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Archive for July, 2009

The Amazing Privilege of Prayer

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I am constantly amazed at the combination of devotion and scholarship present in Puritan authors. They demonstrate that there is no contradiction between careful, dedicated study and reverent worship to God.

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 […]

Ruination

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

On the second Saturday of our tour, we had a free afternoon. Our driver Jim offered the use of the bus to us and suggested some possibilities for sites to see. When he suggested that we visit Tintern Abbey, we all agreed that this would be a great thing to add to our itinerary. There […]

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 2)

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Here are some pulpits from the second half of our tour. There is an extra surprise included.

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 […]

A Gracious Tour Response

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

What a wonderful tour! All of us are very thankful to the Lord for His abundant mercies to us. We enjoyed safety (once or twice someone stepped into the street without looking to the right) and good weather, but mostly wonderful moments of friendship and a profound sense of the power of God’s workings among […]