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Daniel Dyke, A.M., Particular Baptist Minister

February 12th, 2010 | Comments Off on Daniel Dyke, A.M., Particular Baptist Minister

From a 19th Century periodical The Church published in the north of England, we take this brief biography of a little known father of our faith. Continue Reading →

Shared Gospel Ministry

February 9th, 2010 | Comments Off on Shared Gospel Ministry

In the Second London Confession, Chapter 27 paragraph 2 we read: “Saints by profession are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services, as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in  outward things according to their several abilities, and necessities; which communion according to the rule of the Gospel, though especially to be exercised by them, in the relations wherein they stand, whether in families, or Churches; yet as God offereth opportunity is to be extended to all the household of faith, even all those who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.” Continue Reading →

A ‘Man-Taker’

February 5th, 2010 | Comments Off on A ‘Man-Taker’

Joseph Ivimey records this fascinating anecdote about a 17th century General Baptist pastor, George Hammon. It was the normal practice of the day for ministers to do itinerant evangelistic work, even during times of great persecution. Continue Reading →

Nehemiah Coxe on the Importance of the Gospel Ministry and the Means of Grace

February 1st, 2010 | Comments Off on Nehemiah Coxe on the Importance of the Gospel Ministry and the Means of Grace

In 1681, Nehemiah Coxe preached a sermon at the ordination of officers in a London church. That sermon was published and later portions of it were used by Benjamin Keach, in his book Tropologia, to reinforce the importance of the gospel ministry. Continue Reading →

Sobering Words about Baptism

January 28th, 2010 | Comments Off on Sobering Words about Baptism

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 prospect of, and long to have an interest in that never-fading inheritance, promised by our dear Lord Jesus to his children; not to profane this blessed institution; because, if they want [i.e. lack] the due qualification of serious and converted souls, viz., faith, repentance, and good lives, they are hereby entitled, not real members of Christ, but hypocrites, and incur as great a hazard, as such do who eat and drink unworthily of the Lord’s supper.

The Headship of Christ in the Church

January 8th, 2010 | Comments Off on The Headship of Christ in the Church

From John Cotton’s The Keys of the Kingdom 65-67

All legislative power (power of making of Laws) in the Church is in [Christ], and not from him derived to any other, Jam. 4. 12. La. 33. 22. The power derived to others, is onely to publish and execute his Laws and Ordinances, and to see them observed, Mat. 28. 20. His Laws are perfect, Psal. 19. 9. and do make the man of God perfect to every good work, 2 Tim. 3. 17. and need no addition. Continue Reading →

Pastor, How do you spend your time?

January 5th, 2010 | Comments Off on Pastor, How do you spend your time?

Pastor, how do you spend your time? Is it devoted to the study of spiritual things?  Here are some words from a Master, comments made in an ordination sermon:

And I do not know a warning that I judge more necessary to be given those who are called this day, than to charge them not to trade too much with their natural gifts, and abilities, and learning. Continue Reading →

On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

December 25th, 2009 | Comments Off on On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity

On The Morning of Christ’s Nativity by John Milton, 1629

I
This is the month, and this the happy morn
Wherein the Son of Heav’ns eternal King,
Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born,
Our great redemption from above did bring;
For so the holy pages once did sing,
That He our deadly forfeit should release,
And with His Father work us a perpetual peace.

II
That glorious Form, that Light unsufferable,
And that far-beaming blaze of Majesty,
Wherewith He wont at Heaven’s high Councel-Table
To sit the midst of Trinal Unity,
He laid aside: and here with us to be,
Forsook the courts of everlasting day,
And chose with us a darksome house of mortal Clay.

III
Say heav’nly Muse, shall not thy sacred vein
Afford a present to the Infant God ?
Hast thou no vers, no hymn, or solemn strein,
To welcome him to this his new abode,
Now while the Heav’n, by the Suns team untrod,
Hath took no print of the approching light,
And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons bright?

IV
See how from far upon the Eastern rode
The Star-led Wisards haste with odours sweet:
O run, prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at His blessed feet;
Have thou the honour first, thy Lord to greet,
And join thy voice unto the angel Quire,
From out His secret Altar toucht with hallow’d fire.

A Year with Baptist Classics

December 17th, 2009 | 1 Comment

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 also a best seller? Who was the young Baptist pastor who dedicated himself to missions only to be prevented from going?  What foreign missionary became a Baptist, while on his way to the mission field, through careful study of Scripture?

You will find the answers to these questions by spending 2010 in the company of 11 classic Baptist books (July and August are combined). Continue Reading →

Rest Assured Hymns

November 25th, 2009 | Comments Off on Rest Assured Hymns

I love music. For all of my life, I have enjoyed a wide variety of genres and forms. Whenever the opportunity arises, I listen to music; at times I am even brave enough to try to play some of it myself. When others listen to talk radio, you can be sure that I will have some kind of music on in the background. Melody, harmony, tempo: these are great gifts from God. Continue Reading →