2015 Reformed Baptist Family Conf. AUDIO feat. Nettles, Savastio, A. Walker, Hughes & Hoak in Louisville, KY.

Audio from the 2015 Reformed Baptist Family Conference, which took place July 28th through 31st, is now online:

2015 Reformed Baptist Family Conf
A Light Shining In A Dark Place | Professor Tom Nettles | 76 min [mp3]:

Stewardship of Controversy | Professor Tom Nettles | 63 min [mp3]:

An Exhortation to the Older Generation | Aaron Hoak | 54 min [mp3]:

The Great Commission | Professor Tom Nettles | 54 min [mp3]:

The Work of the New Generation | Tim Hoak | 56 min [mp3]:

Living By Faith | Austin Walker | 78 min [mp3]:

The Test Of Faith | Austin Walker | 53 min [mp3]:

Dying In Faith | Austin Walker | 51 min [mp3]:

Encouragement To Brethren In Dark Times | Jim Savastio |  56 min [mp3]:

History Of Revivals | William Hughes | 63 min [mp3]:

Interview #93 – Austin Walker – The Excellent Benjamin Keach [Audio Podcast]

Austin Walker Benjamin Keach



Pastor Austin Walker
Pastor Austin Walker

[Benjamin Keach] was a good man, he was a godly man, he was a spiritual-minded man, he was a gospel man, he was a preacher and a defender of the faith. He didn’t  wilt, he didn’t give way, he didn’t flinch, he remained faithful unto death. He was like Bunyan’s Pilgrim in that regard.

On episode 93 of our interview podcast we have Pastor Austin Walker on to tell us all about his book The Excellent Benjamin Keach.


  • Getting to know Pastor Austin Walker
  • What led to the writing of this book?
  • Who was Benjamin Keach?
  • What did he contribute to Particular Baptist life?
  • What controversies was he involved in?
  • Why is the year 1689 so important?
  • + more


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Why Does the Bible Say So Much about Widows? Pastor Austin Walker Answers

Pastor Austin Walker, coauthor (with Brian Croft) of the new book Caring for Widows: Ministering God’s Grace, answers:

All Over Scripture

Caring for WidowsMuch earlier in my ministry, I began to include widows in the public prayers of the church where I was the pastor. I spoke at a gathering of ministers on public praying and mentioned widows among those who were often neglected in the prayers and ministry of the church. Called to care for widows in my own congregation, I began to study the Scriptures.

I soon discovered that there were very few books written about caring for widows but was taken aback by how much the Bible said about them. Whether you read Moses and the prophets, the Psalms and the Proverbs of Solomon, the four Gospels, or the book of Acts and the letters to the churches in the New Testament, you will not be able to read far without the subject of widows coming up. There are about eighty direct references to widows in the Scriptures. Why?

The Defender of Widows

Fundamentally, God is the kind of God who keeps a careful eye on the widow. He is profoundly concerned for her, together with the stranger and the fatherless. He is righteous and protects them for he is “a father of the fatherless, a defender of widows . . . in his holy habitation,” (Psalm 68:5).

The incarnate Son of God is like him. He cared for his widowed mother (John 19:25-17), he raised from the dead the son of the widow of Nain and returned him to his mother (Luke 7:11-17), and, in the spirit of the prophets, condemned those who took advantage of widows (Matthew 23:24).

Called to Imitate God

widows-blog2xIn line with this, God commanded that the nation of Israel care for widows, being diligent to not isolate them or take advantage of their vulnerability. Deuteronomy 16:11-14 shows how God provided for widows so that they were not excluded; instead, they enjoyed full participation in the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.

However, when the nation of Israel turned away from serving God, they also turned away from his commandments. Who suffered when that happened? Widows were among the first casualties. The Old Testament prophets reproached those who wronged widows and called the nation back to its God-given responsibilities (e.g. Isaiah 10:1-3, Jeremiah 22:1-5, Ezekiel 22:6-7).

The church is called to be God-like, imitating his example and obeying his commandments. The early church cared for widows (Acts 6). In fact, the task was so important that seven men of good reputation, full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit, were selected to be responsible for the matter.

What’s more, Paul laid out clear instructions in 1 Timothy 5 about how widows were to be regarded and treated. James did not mince his words in James 1:27. He said, in effect, “Let’s be clear about the nature of real religion. It must be visible and practical. It visits widows and orphans in their trouble as well as maintains moral purity in an evil world.”

Austin WalkerPastor Austin Walker – born in London in 1946, he became a Christian at the age of 15, and later studied at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales.  Following a degree at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, he returned to the UK in 1971 and subsequently became a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, Sussex where he still preaches the word of God.  From its inception the church was a confessional church, adopting The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith as an expression of what the members believe to be scriptural truth.  One of his specific interests is historical theology, especially that of the Reformation and the English Particular Baptists.  The Excellent Benjamin Keach was published in 2004 and then God’s Care for the Widow in 2010.  Very happily married to Mai for forty four years, they have four married children and ten grandchildren.


New Book: “Caring for Widows: Ministering God’s Grace” by Austin Walker & Brian Croft

Caring for Widows

Caring for Widows: Ministering God’s Grace
By Brian Croft, Austin Walker, Foreword by Mike McKinley

[ AMZ: $11.80 / £8.99 | Kindle: $7.99 / £7.77 ]


Pastors and church leaders are responsible for countless things. Unfortunately, in many churches, ministry to widows remains largely neglected and forgotten.

Highlighting the Bible’s recurring commands to care for widows with sensitivity and compassion, this book encourages church leaders to think carefully about how to serve the widows in their congregations and suggests practical strategies to that end. In part 1 [by Austin Walker], the authors summarize the Bible’s consistent teaching regarding the care of widows. In part 2 [by Brian Croft], the authors offer hands-on counseling and a host of practical suggestions related to ensuring that widows receive the support and encouragement they need to thrive in the church.


Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Crossway (April 30, 2015)
Text-to-Speech: Enabled [Kindle]


Conrad Mbewe
Conrad Mbewe

“While reading this book, I went ‘Ouch!’ more than once because it points out ways in which we have been negligent in looking after the widows in our church. This is certainly one area in which we need reformation. I trust that my ‘Ouch!’ will be turned into action so that God may smile at our church as he sees the way we will begin to look after widows in distress in our midst. All of us who are church elders and deacons need to get back to this religion that is pure and undefiled before God!”

Conrad Mbewe , Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

Geoffrey Thomas
Geoffrey Thomas

“We see them in the congregation; they rarely sit together; they occupy their customary place; and they have many friends. They are examples in femininity, humility, usefulness, and faith in a heavenly Father. They are the widows, but shudder at being labeled as such. They look to their preachers for the gospel message to exalt Jesus Christ. They look to their pastors for total respect and graciousness. They look to their fellow members for holy love and genuine friendship. They look to be remembered within the nuances of the body of Christ. This is what Croft and Walker enable us to do, to become better pilgrims on our way to the blessed gathering of all the elect, to be unashamed at the great reunion. ‘Well done for helping widows in their affliction.’ We need such help in this area, and then we find that increased thoughtfulness in one dimension encourages consecrated words and feelings in very different relationships within the holy body.”

Geoff Thomas , Pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Wales

Excerpt [PDF]:

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Church History at Bulkington [UK Events] Feb-Apr 2015 Feat. Austin Walker, Geoff Thomas + more

Bulkington 2015

The dates, subjects and speakers for this years Church History Lectures at Bulkington:

7:30pm Monday 16th February 2015
The Legacy of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Speaker: Geoff Thomas

7:30pm Monday 23rd March 2015
George Whitefield & The Evangelical Revival
Speaker: Andrew Davies

7:30pm Monday 20th April 2015
How Pure is the Church? Augustine & the Donatists.
Speaker: Austin Walker

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Updated Book: ‘The Excellent Benjamin Keach’ 2nd Revised Ed. by Austin Walker

Austin Walker Benjamin Keach

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Ministering during turbulent times for Nonconformists, Benjamin Keach endured both persecution for his faith and rich blessing on his ministry. Arriving in London in 1668, Keach soon became pastor of a church in Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames, later known as the Metropolitan Tabernacle (where Charles Spurgeon was eventually to pastor). His extensive writings-including sermons, poetry, hymns, apologetics and treatises against theological errors-alongside his preaching ministry, made Keach one of the key Particular Baptist leaders of his day. His friends included Hercules Collins, William Kiffin, Hanserd Knollys, Henry Forty and Joseph Stennett.

The Excellent Benjamin Keach is a major study of his life and thought and provides insight into the ecclesiastical and political turmoil of seventeenth-century England. Keach’s solid character, integrity and Christian graces enabled him to defend scriptural truths while avoiding personal attacks. He is particularly known for his vigorous defence of the singing of hymns in church, the laying on of hands and the doctrine of justification by faith alone. His preaching was marked by fervency and zeal, for he said, “cold and lifeless preaching, makes cold hearing.” Keach encouraged his hearers to flee to Christ for salvation, assuring them there was sufficient mercy at the cross for the worst of sinners. For believers, Keach encouraged them to love the truth, to get it deep into their affections, so that they could “show themselves bold and courageous in the cause and interest of God, and their souls.”

This is a book to invigorate your love for God and his Word. It will challenge you to stand boldly with holy men and women of the past, as you seek to live faithfully for Christ in the present day.


Publisher: Sola Scriptura Ministries
Publication date: 1/2/2015
Edition description: Revised
Edition number: 2
Pages: 496

Keach Contra Baxter [Austin R. Walker]

Benjamin Keach
Benjamin Keach

Austin R. Walker, writing for the Reformed Baptist Theological Review, describes how Benjamin Keach wrote against Richard Baxter’s rejection of the orthodox, confessional view of the gospel.

At the heart of Baxterianism was the teaching that by his death Jesus Christ the Mediator died for all men and merited a new and milder law of grace, the requirements of which were faith, repentance, and sincere obedience. It taught that God now presented the gospel as this new law, replacing the original law under which man was created. Christ, it was alleged, having made a compensation to divine justice and the law of works, effectively removed from the equation the original law that demanded perfect obedience. God will now no longer execute against sinners the punishment due to sin as a result of the breaking of this original law. Instead, the gospel offers an amnesty to penitent breakers of the old law. By virtue of Christ’s work, God now accepts penitent sinners on the basis of a new law of grace, with faith, repentance, and sincere obedience as their righteousness. Sinners are justified insofar as they obey the gospel terms and live holy lives, and not by the active and passive obedience of Christ imputed to them by faith. Justification is no longer by faith alone, by trusting in Christ and in God’s promised pardon. Rather, it is conditional: pardoned sinners accepting this new arrangement must now fulfil the easier gospel terms by their own obedience.

This stands in stark contrast to the teaching of the Reformed confessions.

Read a larger selection from this article at Reformed For His Glory.

More contra “Baxterianism”

Church History at Bulkington [UK Events] Feb-Apr 2014 Feat. Walkers + More

church hist 2014 bulkington


Jeremy Walker:

For those who might be in the vicinity of Bulkington in the UK (not far from Coventry and Leicester), I hope to be at Bulkington Congregational Church this coming Monday (Mon 03 Feb) at 7.30pm for the first of this year’s church history lectures. My subject is “Wrestling: The Life of Andrew Fuller.” I will be attempting an overview of the life and labours of this man of God, drawing some particular lessons for our own day. All are welcome.


Andrew Fuller February 2014 Church History Lecture

7:30pm Monday 3rd February 2014
Wrestling – The Life of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815).
Speaker: Jeremy Walker

TBA Early March 2014 Church History Lecture
7:30pm Monday 3rd March 2014
The Samuels Petto (1624-1711) & Peto (1809-1889)
Speaker: Gary Brady

Thomas Boston Late March 2014 Church History Lecture
7:30pm Monday 31st March 2014
Thomas Boston (1676-1732) anticipates the death of Queen Anne
Speaker: John Kilpatrick

St Augustine April 2014 Church History Lecture
7:30pm Monday 28th April 2014
How pure is the church? Augustine and the Donatists
Speaker: Austin Walker

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The English Baptists of the 17th Century [2008 Andrew Fuller Center Conference Audio]

The English Baptists of the 17th Century

August 25-26, 2008


The 2nd Annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference



Conference Description

The theme of the 2008 conference was, “The English Baptists of the 17th Century.” Featured speakers included: R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Barry Howson, Larry Kreitzer, Tom Nettles, Jim Renihan, Austin Walker, and Malcolm Yarnell. Other up and coming Baptist History scholars presented papers as well.


An Opening Word (Michael Haykin)

Plenary Session 1: “The English Calvinistic Baptists of the 17th Century–An Overview (Malcolm Yarnell)

Plenary Session 2: “John Spilsbury and the Beginning of the Baptists” (Tom Nettles)

Plenary Session 3: “Hanserd Knollys (1599-1691) and the Interpretation of Revelation (Barry Howson)

Parallel Session 1:
“Henry Jessey (1601-1663): His Life and Thought” (Jason Duesing)

“‘A Poor and Despised People’: Abraham Cheare and the Calvinistic Baptists at Plymouth” (Jeff Robinson)

“Baptist Associations in the 17th Century’ (Stan Fowler)

Parallel Session 2:
“Benjamin Keach’s Doctrine of Justification” (Tom Hicks)

“The Role of Metaphor in the Sermons of Benjamin Keach” (Chris Holmes)

“Turks, Jews, & God’s Plan for His People: Hanserd Knolly’s Understanding of Abraham’s Other ‘Descendants'” (Dennis Bustin)

Plenary Session 4: “The Importance of Baptist Confessionalism” (Albert Mohler)

Plenary Session 5: “The Strange Case of Thomas Collier” (James Renihan)

Plenary Session 6: “Benjamin Keach and the Protestant Cause Under Persecution” (Austin Walker)

Parallel Session 3:
“Thomas Wilcox and his A Choice Drop of Honey from the Rock Christ” (Stephen Yuille)

“Hercules Collins and the Temple Repair’d: Baptists and Theological Education” (Steve Weaver)

Parallel Session 4:
“The Prison Epistles of Thomas Hardcastle” (Peter Beck)

“17th Century Baptists and the Perseverance of the Saints” (Jay Collier)

Plenary Session 7: “William Kiffin (1616-1701)-His Life and Thought” (Larry Kreitzer)

A Closing Word (Michael Haykin)

[source: Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies]