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Report from New Zealand: School of Theology 2009

August 26th, 2009 | Comments Off on Report from New Zealand: School of Theology 2009

The School of Theology organized by the Grace Reformed Baptist Church was again held in Palmerston North on the North Island of New ZealandĀ  from 3-7 August 2009. Continue Reading →

Joseph Alleine’s Pastoral Prayer

August 10th, 2009 | Comments Off on Joseph Alleine’s Pastoral Prayer

After he was ejected from his ministry in Taunton, Joseph Alleine continued to be deeply concerned for the welfare of the flock he was forced to leave. He wrote letters to them, urging them to find Christ and to pursue holiness. He exposed his heart to his people by including the words of his prayer for them. Continue Reading →

Ruination

July 16th, 2009 | Comments Off on Ruination

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 are two reasons why it was a good idea: Continue Reading →

Tewkesbury’s Old Baptist Chapel

July 14th, 2009 | Comments Off on Tewkesbury’s Old Baptist Chapel

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. Continue Reading →

The Lord’s Day in Bradford-on-Avon

July 12th, 2009 | Comments Off on The Lord’s Day in Bradford-on-Avon

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. Continue Reading →

Gainsborough’s Old Hall

July 10th, 2009 | Comments Off on Gainsborough’s Old Hall

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. Continue Reading →

Pulpits: The Preached Word (Part 2)

July 8th, 2009 | Comments Off on Pulpits: The Preached Word (Part 2)

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

Pulpits: The Preached Word (Part 1)

July 6th, 2009 | Comments Off on Pulpits: The Preached Word (Part 1)

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. Continue Reading →

Inside the Fence

July 2nd, 2009 | Comments Off on Inside the Fence

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 not permitted to ignore it and treat it like any other day of the week. So, we sought to plan carefully for the day. Continue Reading →

A Gracious Tour Response

July 1st, 2009 | Comments Off on A Gracious Tour Response

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 his people. One of our ‘tourists’, Dewain Arndt from Pennsylvania, has written a response to the tour. Continue Reading →