Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 2015 “Baptists: Rooted in Covenant Grace” feat. James Renihan in Hampton, VA.

Dr. James Renihan will be speaking at Grace Baptist Chapel’s annual Theology Conference “Baptists: Rooted in Covenant Grace”.

Baptists Rooted in Covenant GraceSchedule:

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

Friday, February 27

7pm- Session 1 “Genealogy Baptist Style”

Saturday, February 28

9AM- Session 2 “Different ways Christians put the Bible together”

10:45AM- Session 3 “How the Early Baptists put the Bible together (Part 1)”

Sunday, March 1

10AM- Sunday School/ Session 4 “How the Early Baptists put the Bible together (Part 2)”

11AM- Lord’s Day Worship Service- “Haggai 2:10-19 The Nature of True Religion”


Grace Baptist Chapel
805 Todds Lane
Hampton, VA 23666




How to Read Logos’ Baptist Covenant Theology Collection [Sam Renihan]

Helpful, timely tips from one who has spent a great deal of time in these works. Sam Renihan:

17 century booksWith the release of Logos’ Baptist Covenant Theology Collection (17 vols.) I thought it would be helpful and important to offer a few tips for those who are diving into these books.

If you are like me, it’s exciting to spend time in the writings of the Particular Baptists. Every now and then you feel like Indiana Jones looking for the lost Ark. There are even Nazis (Daniel Featley and Thomas Edwards) trying to kill you. This excitement and nostalgia, combined with your desire to find what you seek, may lead you astray in your reading of the sources. So, if this is your first foray into 17th century writings in general, and those of the Baptists in particular, then you should keep in mind at least the following things:

1. Keep in mind that you are from the 21st century…

2. Keep in mind the context in which the authors are writing…

3. Keep in mind that some of the authors later abandoned the faith…

4. Keep in mind that just because Baptist A held X belief, it does not mean that all Baptists, or any other Baptist held X belief…

5. Keep in mind that there are other works on covenant theology from the Particular Baptists. This is just a reminder that these works do not comprise the whole of Particular Baptist thought on covenant theology…

6. Keep in mind that some of these authors are not Baptists, though their works support Baptist principles and the Baptists appealed to them…

Read “How to Read Logos’ Baptist Covenant Theology Collection” in its entirety.

Particular Baptists Arrested for the Confession of Faith [Particular Voices]

Committee for Plundered Ministers
Committee for Plundered Ministers

Journal of the House of Commons
Die Jovis (Thursday), 29 Januarii, 1645/6:

Resolved, &c. That the Serjeant do apprehend Benjamin Cox and Samuel Richardson, the Parties that delivered a Pamphlet at the Door to the Members of this House, intituled, “A Confession of Faith of Seven Congregations or Churches of Christ in London, which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists;” and do take Bail of them, to appear, from time to time, at the Committee for plundered Ministers: And that it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to examine the Book, and the Parties, whose Names are subscribed…

Read Particular Baptists Arrested for the Confession of Faith.

2012 SoCal RB Pastors Conf AUDIO now online. Feat. Waldron, J. Renihan, & Barcellos

Audio from the first annual Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference is now online. The conference took place on October 29-31, 2012 at Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Vista, CA.

SCRBPC Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors Conference

The purpose of the SCRBPC is for the edification of confessional Reformed Baptist pastors and other interested men who are in the ministry or training for the ministry. The SCRBPC will function within the theological framework of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (2nd LCF) and The Baptist Catechism (BC).

SCRBPC 2012 on SermonAudio [RSS]

Lecture 1: Theology: Its Sacred Character | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 2: Theology: Its Definition, Presuppositions, and Division | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 3: Systematic Theology: Its Idea, Relationships, and Organizational Method | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 4: Systematic Theology: Its Legitimate Necessity | Sam Waldron [mp3]:

Lecture 5: An Exegetical Case Study in the Doxological Trajectory of the Canon Part 1 | Richard Barcellos [mp3]:

Lecture 6: An Exegetical Case Study in the Doxological Trajectory of the Canon Part 2 | Richard Barcellos [mp3]:

Lecture 7: Person and Place: Two Problems with Biblicism | James Renihan [mp3]:

Lecture 8: ‘Good and Necessary Consequence’ or ‘Necessarily Contained’ | James Renihan [mp3]:

Note:  Lectures from this conference were turned into the book Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference Papers, Volume I, 2012.
The Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference Papers 2012

FREE Audiobooks by & about Particular Baptists [Narrated by Tom Sullivan]

Tom Sullivan has been narrating audiobooks from 1985 to the present. Within the past year he has been posting these to PuritanAudioBooks.net, where you may download them for free.

Puritan Reformed AudiobooksWithin the recent weeks he has put out many audiobooks by and about Particular Baptists that come from books and sermons of old. More are being made but here’s a roundup of what is currently out:


William Kiffin (1616–1701) 

William Kiffin
William Kiffin

Autobiography of William Kiffin (1616–1701) Chapters 1-3

Kiffin’s influence was very great. Macaulay says, “Great as was the authority of Bunyan with the Baptists, William Kiffin’s was greater still.” He had talents of the highest order; his education was respectable; his sagacity was uncommon; his manners were polished; his piety was known everywhere; and for half a century he was the first man in the Baptist denomination. – Baptist Encyclopedia


Chapters 4-6


Chapter 7-8


John Bunyan (1620-1680)

John Bunyan
John Bunyan

The Groans of a Lost Soul

A  F E W Sighs From Hell,

The Groans of The Damned Soul or An exposition of those words
in the Sixteenth of Luke, Concerning the Rich Man and the Beggar wherein is discovered the lamentable state of the damned;
their cries, their desires in their distresses, with the determination of God upon them.

A good warning word to sinners, both old and young, to take into consideration betimes, and to seek, by faith in Jesus Christ, to avoid, lest they come into the same Place of Torment.

Also, a brief discourse touching the profitableness of the Scriptures for our instruction in the way of righteousness, according to the tendency of the parable.

SermonAudio [MP3]:

The Barren Fig Tree

Well, now the ax begins to be heaved higher. For now, indeed, God is ready to smite the sinner; yet before He will strike the stroke, He will try one way more at last, and if that misseth, down goes the fig tree. Now this last way is to tug and strive with this professor by the Spirit. Wherefore the Spirit of the Lord is now come to him, but not always to strive with man. Yet awhile He will strive with him; He will awaken, He will convince, He will call to remembrance former sins, former judgments, the breach of former vows and promises, the misspending of former days – He will also present persuasive arguments, encouraging promises, dreadful judgments, the shortness of time to repent in, and that there is hope if He come. Further, He will show him the certainty of death, and of the judgment to come; yea, He will pull and strive with this sinner.

MP3 [alt: SermonAudio]:

The Heavenly Footman

Or, A Description of the Man That Gets to Heaven, How to Run

SermonAudio [MP3]:

John Piggott (1717)

Hercules CollinsFuneral Sermon Hercules Collins 1702

From Founders. org: Collins served from 1677 until his death in 1702 as the third pastor of London’s oldest Baptist church which was then the meeting in the Wapping area of London.


petty franceThe Funeral Sermon of William Collins 1702

William Collins was [editors note: most likely] one of the two authors of the London Baptist Confession of Faith, the other being Nehemiah Coxe.


Benjamin Wallin (1711-1782)

The-Redeemers-charge-against-his-declining-churches--exemplified-in-the-case-of-the-church-of-Ephesus-The Redeemer’s Charge Against Declining Churches 1

From Hymnary.org: Wallin, Benjamin, son of Edward Wallin, pastor of the Baptist Church, Maze Pond, Southwark, was born in London in 1711. He received a good education under the care of the Rev. John Needham, of Hitchin (father of the hymnwriter of that name, and was for a time engaged in business. But in 1740 he responded to an earnest request to become pastor of the church over which his father had presided, and this position he retained until his death on Feb. 19, 1782. Mr. B. Wallin published nearly forty sermons, charges, and other small religious books and pamphlets.


The Redeemer’s Charge Against Declining Churches 2


The Redeemer’s Charge Against Declining Churches 3


Benjamin Beddome (23 January 1717 – 23 September 1795)

Benjamin Beddome
Benjamin Beddome

Final Rejection of the Wicked

From the Benjamin Beddome Blog: Benjamin beddome (1717-1795) is a largely forgotten 18th century English Baptist preacher, remembered today only as a minor hymnwriter. For over half a century he served as pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. He is worth more than a passing glance.


Abraham Booth (1734–1806)

Abraham Booth
Abraham Booth

His Ordination and Confession

FORASMUCH therefore as we find in the sacred writings, that
the separating those who were called by GOD to office in the
church devolved upon the ministers, and that it .was done by prayer and imposition of hands; and as it does not appear that
the practice of laying on of hands was confined to the conferring the peculiar gifts of the Holy Ghost; and we have no intimation of its being laid aside; we are now come, at the desire of this church, to separate Mr. Abraham Booth to the pastoral office in this community, according to the primitive manner, by prayer and imposition of hands. In order to which, give me leave for the satisfaction of this assembly to make the few following



Samuel Eyles Pierce (1746-1829)

Samuel Pierce
Samuel Pierce

Treatise on Growth in Grace

The Rev. Samuel Eyles Pierce (Upottery, Devonshire, England, 23 June 1746 – Clapham, Surrey, England 10 May 1829) was an English preacher, theologian, and Calvinist divine. A Dissenter from the Honiton area, Pierce was an evangelical church minister aligned with Calvinist Baptist theology. He wrote more than fifty books and many sermons.


Treatise on Growth in Grace 2


John Warburton (1776–1857)

John Warburton
John Warburton

The Mercies of A Covenant God

The Conversion Story of John Warburton


John L. Dagg (1794–1884)

John Dagg
John Dagg

Portions from Manual of Theology

From the Founders Web Site: The voluminous amount of material, the persuasiveness of his arguments, and the relevance of his insights show these works to be extraordinary for a man under normally healthy circumstances. However, if one realizes that Dagg was virtually blind, mute and lame at the time of his greatest productivity the accomplishment exceeds comprehension.

The Depravity of Man


Human Inability


John Charles Philpot  (1802-1869)

An Evaluation of the Writings of John Bunyan


Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Charles Spurgeon
Charles Spurgeon

The Treasury of David

This work was first published in weekly installments over a twenty-year span in the London Metropolitan Tabernacle’s periodical, The Sword and the Trowel.

Completed sections were released volume by volume, until the seventh and final volume was released in 1885. Within a decade more than 120,000 sets had been sold. The Treasury of David is a superb literary achievement. Eric Hayden, pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle a century after Spurgeon’s ministry began there, calls this work “Spurgeon’s magnum opus.” Spurgeon’s wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial.

Other Spurgeon audiobooks

A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

A. W. Pink
A. W. Pink

The Total Depravity of Man

Other Pink audiobooks


Deal: $0.99/£0.77 ‘Outside the Camp: John Spilsbury, the Pioneer of English Particular Baptists’ [Kindle] by Michael A. Thompson


Outside the Camp: John Spilsbury, the Pioneer of English Particular Baptists
by Michael A. Thompson
[ $0.99 | £0.99 ]


Michael A. Thompson is an elder at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Kingwood, TX, a retired US Army officer from Texas, a veteran of the business world, and now a full-time educator, teaching philosophy, systematic theology, and the New Testament. He has a PhD in theology and church history. He and his wife, Cindy, are the proud parents of three children and eight grandchildren.
Michael A. Thompson is an elder at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Kingwood, TX., a retired US Army officer from Texas, a veteran of the business world, and now a full-time educator, teaching philosophy, systematic theology, and the New Testament. He has a PhD in theology and church history. He and his wife, Cindy, are the proud parents of three children and eight grandchildren.

John Spilsbury was one of the prominent leaders of the newly emerging Particular Baptist churches in early 17th century England. Despite having no real formal education, he became the doctrinal heart and soul and the pastoral guide for a movement that would eventually comprise the largest evangelical body of believers in the world. This Baptist founding father is an enigma to most church historians, but to those who know of his commitment to biblical authority and truth, of his rejection of popes and ecclesiastical hierarchy, of his commitment to clear confessions of faith, of his staunch reformed theology, and his belief in credo-baptism—for those who know the historic John Spilsbury, they know him not only as the Pioneer of the Particular English Baptists, but as a Protestant evangelical willing to surrender his life for the sake of Jesus Christ, His word, and His church. John Spilsbury was a bright shining star in a world of darkness and persecution.


Print Length: 130 pages
Publisher: Charis Publications (January 7, 2011)
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

[HT: Jonathan Bennett]


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

Austin Walker Benjamin Keach

[Amz  | Amz UK | B&N]


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

Upcoming Book: ‘The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement’ by Haykin, Finn, & Chute

Baptist Story Book

The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement
by Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn, Michael A. G. Haykin


The Baptist Story is a narrative history of a diverse group of people spanning over four centuries, living among distinct cultures on separate continents, while finding their common identity in Christ and expressing their faith as Baptists. Baptist historians Anthony Chute, Nathan Finn, and Michael Haykin highlight the Baptist transition from a despised sect to a movement of global influence. Each chapter includes stories of people who made this history so fascinating. Although the emphasis is on the English-speaking world, The Baptist Story integrates stories of non-English speaking Baptists, ethnic minorities, women, and minority theological traditions, all within the context of historic, orthodox Christianity.

This volume provides more than just the essential events and necessary names to convey the grand history. It also addresses questions that students of Baptist history frequently ask, includes prayers and hymns of those who experienced hope and heartbreak, and directs the reader’s attention to the mission of the church as a whole. Written with an irenic tone and illustrated with photographs in every chapter, The Baptist Story is ideally suited for graduate or undergraduate courses, as well as group study in the local church.

Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: B&H Academic (August 15, 2015)

2014 ‘1689 Conference’ AUDIO & VIDEO now online

1689 Conference Spurgeon

1689 Conf1689 Conference Planner:

This year we gathered to commemorate the 325th anniversary of the historic 1689 Baptist Confession.


Our hearts were lifted and our commitment to Scripture renewed as we reflected upon the kind providence of our covenant God toward His people.


The LORD was pleased to bless the conference with a precious unity of hearts and a single focus on orthodox confessional truths, that we pray will fortify and equip our gospel churches to proclaim the Lordship of Christ to all the nations.


In addition, the LORD through the working of His Spirit begun a confessing, reformed Baptist pastoral fellowship that will begin to meet bi-monthly in the central Indianapolis area.  If you would like to be notified of the date and location of the meetings do so by sending your request to: info@1689conference.org


We pray that the Lord will bless and keep you all, hope to see you again next year – LORD willing!

Baptist Confessionalism Providence 1689 Conference WIlliam Kiffin

AUDIO | VIDEO [Playlist]:

DAY 1:

Jim Savastio – 1689 Baptist Confession, 325 yrs. of faithfulness to the gospel [mp3]:

Video Part 1:

Please note that there are two videos in this list that were cut off short, however the MP3 audio of all the sessions are complete in length.

Video 2:


DAY 2:

Dr. Sam Waldron – 1689 Baptist Confession, outline, theology and distinctives [mp3]:



Bob Bolles – 1689 Baptist Confession and the Gospel [mp3]:



Doug Barger – Baptists, creeds/confessions and Silver Creek Baptist Church (Indiana’s first Baptist Church) [mp3]:

Video Part 1:

Video Part 2:


Steve Weaver – 1689 Baptist Confession and missions [mp3]:



Jim Savastio – How NOT to reform a church [mp3]:



Sonny Hernandez – 1689 Baptist Confession, the regulative principle of worship [mp3]:



David Williams – 1689 Baptist Confession and personal sanctification [mp3]:



Dennis Clark – Contemporary concerns for the church [mp3]:



Doug Barger – 1689 Baptist Confession, Family Worship and Cathechisms [mp3]:



Pascal Denualt – Covenant theology and the church. 1689 Federalism [mp3]:


Day 3:

Dr. Sam Waldron – 1689 Baptist Confession the Law and Gospel [mp3]:



Question and answer session – Topics include: law, future vision for confessing reformed baptists, hyper calvinism… [mp3]:



James Brown – Sermon of encouragement and exhortation [mp3]:


The Church of Christ, who upon Confession of Faith have bin Baptised: Hercules Collins & Baptist Ecclesiology [PDF] By Steve Weaver

Hercules Collins

Below is the PDF of the paper that Steve Weaver presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Diego, California on November 19, 2014.

You may purchase the audio for $3 here.

The Church of Christ, who upon Confession of Faith have bin Baptised: Hercules Collins and Baptist Ecclesiology

[19-Page PDF]:

Download (PDF, 440KB)

 [source: Steve Weaver]

The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith [James Brown Jr.’s 3-part Audio Podcast]

Here is another podcast from a 1689’r that just hit our hard-working Bapti-Bot’s radar, though it has been around since 2010!

James Brown Jr.Standing Firm James Brown Jr:

This year marks the 325th anniversary of the 1689 Second London Confession of Faith. In recognition of the impact this confession has played in our history and its significance for our future, we restarted our podcasts [RSS | iTunes] to highlight this standard of confessional Reformed Baptists.


We began with three podcasts focusing upon the purpose of the 1689…


In these three podcasts we attempt to set forth the purpose for the publication of the 1689 London Confession of Faith. The spirit of this document cannot be separated from its content. It was the purpose of these English Baptists to show our unity with the catholic Church and our distinctions as Baptists within the universal visible Church.

Here are the podcast:

1689 confessionThe Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith

In this episode, we will begin examining the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Instead of beginning with its historical background or content, we will begin by looking at the reasons it was drafted to be used as the basis of the London association of Credobaptist churches. Their intent, purpose and the nature of the document is revealed in its Preface to the Reader. If we are going to recover true confessionalism, it must include the purpose and not just the content. In other words, we must recover the spirit of the confession along with the letter of the confession.


[Purpose 1: To set forth the Reformed Baptist principles.]


The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith – Part 2

In this episode, we will continue our examination of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith…


[Purpose 2: To set forth the Reformed Baptist unity among all orthodox Reformed churches... podcast even getting into some Covenant Theology]


The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith – Part 3

In this episode, we will continue our examination of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith…


[Purpose 3: To set forth Reformed Baptist distinctives.


Purpose 4: To set forth our liberty within the church universal.


Purpose 5: To set forth their mission of reformation.]


James Brown Jr.
James Brown Jr.

James Brown Jr. is a pastor at Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity, a 1689 London Baptist church plant in Mooresville, Indiana. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served Independent and Southern Baptist Churches in Indiana and Georgia since 1998.

James is a Gulf War veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps. He and his wife, Sonya, have 8 children and 1 grandchild.

He is also one of the speakers at the upcoming “Baptists, Confessionalism & the Providence of God” Conference“.

325 years ago today the 1st General Assembly of Particular Baptists (1689) met


325 years ago today the 1st General Assembly of Particular Baptists (1689) met! On this occasion Steve Weaver writes:

After the Act of Toleration, which was passed by Parliament in 1688 and enacted by the king on May 24, 1689, dissenters began to exercise their new-found freedom to assemble publicly to great avail. In 1689, the Baptists gathered in London for their first national assembly. This group of “divers Pastors, Messengers and Ministring Brethren of the Baptized Churches” met in London from September 3-12, 1689, and claimed to represent “more than one hundred Congregations of the same Faith with Themselves.” The common faith which distinguished this group of churches is specified on the cover page as “the Doctrine of Personal Election, and final Perseverance.” This group would further identify themselves in their first meeting by adopting what would become known as the Second London Confession of Faith. This confession was originally composed and published in 1677…

Read “The First General Assembly of Particular Baptists (1689)”

‘Church Planting in Early Baptist History’ by Mike Renihan [3-Part PDF]


Pastor John Yoder & Family
Pastor John Yoder & Family

Pastor John Yoder of Hope Reformed Baptist Church writes:

Last week, we concluded our series from the book of Acts.  One of the enduring lessons that we learned was this: churches promote the gospel by planting other churches.  The apostolic pattern set for us requires churches to send out men charged with preaching the gospel in order to form new assemblies.  And this was the belief and practice of our baptist forefathers as Prof. Mike Renihan teaches in his article, Church Planting in Early Baptist History [PDF].

Download (PDF, 162B)

Mike Renihan
Mike Renihan

In the first part, Renihan explains that the growth of the early Particular Baptists was due to their commitment to the kind of evangelism which aimed to plant churches.  Then, by citing several examples, he shows that these Baptists commissioned men not simply to preach the gospel, but also to baptize converts and establish churches.  Finally, the author proves that the driving force behind this action was theological as summarized in their Confessions.


Here is a taste of what you’ll find in this article:

“The well-ordered church was so central to the redemptive purposes of God that any kind of evangelistic thrust must see, as it s highest goal, to establish new assemblies…The Baptists could not conceive of evangelism apart from church planting… Their evangelism was not merely “soul-winning” but rather a full-orbed attempt to see churches planted according to the Word of God.”


church plantingSo as a church plant, we are the evangelistic effort of the churches which have supported us by their financial gifts and prayers.  And we continue to be active in evangelism through the preaching of the gospel with a desire that souls are converted, baptized and added to this local church.  But let us pray that the Lord would so bless this work that one day we may be able to be a church that plants other churches in the Chicagoland area and around the world.

New Book: A Noble Company, Vol. 5: Biographical Essays of Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America

Particular Baptist Press Particular Baptist Press:

“Volume 5 of A Noble Company is back from the printers! We are busy packing and shipping these out to our standing order customers. If you don’t have a standing order with us, order your copy today!


The process of preparing the text of the essays for Volume 6 in this series has begun. We are grateful to the Lord for his provision in the continuing work on this worthy project.”


$34 – A Noble Company

Biographical Essays on Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America

Volume 5

Edited by Terry Wolever


The twenty figures covered in this fifth volume knew much of what the English Puritan George Swinnock referred to as a God-given “heaven in the heart,” or godly experience. It was their prime motivation to live out their days in consecration to the Lord, accomplish their work and when the appointed time came, was a faith they could die by. R. C. Sproul, Sr. said that there is no such thing as an “untimely death.” If we understand Ecclesiastes 3:2 and Hebrews 9:27 correctly, then he is right. The Scriptures also remind us that there is “a time to be born,” and “a time to every purpose under the heaven.” It becomes us, as it did these fathers and mothers in the faith, to serve the Lord with gladness, and our own generation well. We serve each of these best by our faithfulness to His Word.

In addition to such leading lights as William Rogers of Philadelphia and Richard Furman of Charleston, this volume features the lives of two significant black Baptist ministers of the period, George Liele and Andrew C. Marshall. It is regrettable that to date there has been no thesis, book, or other collective work dealing exclusively with the rich Calvinistic black Baptist heritage in North America and the Caribbean, of which these two men bore such a conspicuous part. A full-length treatment on the subject by a capable and doctrinally sympathetic author is therefore a desirable object, long overdue.

The subjects in this volume are [links to short descriptions from their site]:

The contributing writers in this volume are: Bruce Snavely, Jonny White, Micah Caswell, Anthony L. Chute, Steve Weaver, Jeffrey P. Straub, Thomas Ray, George Truett Rogers, Johnny Truelove, William H. Brackney, Jerry Hopkins, Rosalie Beck, Terry Wolever, Peter Beck, Rosalie Hall Hunt, Christopher C. Moore, Albert W. Wardin, Jr., and Gerald L. Priest.

Concluding the book are seven appendixes:

A. A Declaration of the Faith and Practice of the Morattico Baptist Church, Lancaster County, Virginia, January 17, 1778, Lewis Lunsford, pastor

B. The Doctrine of Justification. Circular Letter of the Philadelphia Baptist Association for 1785. By William Rogers

C. The power which a Gospel Church has over its members. Circular Letter of the Shaftsbury Baptist Association for 1789. By Caleb Blood

D. The Scripture account of the nature, business, power, and government of a Gospel church, in two branches. Circular Letter of the Shaftsbury Baptist Association for 1791. By Peter Werden, Stephen Gano and Justus Hull

E. The Covenant of Grace. Circular Letter of the Dover Baptist Association for 1793. By Lewis Lunsford

F. Church Covenant and doctrinal articles of the Baptist Church at Bryan’s Station, Kentucky, 1798

G. Confession of Faith of the First Baptist Church at Portland, Maine, 1801


Bound in Navy cloth vellum with gold stamping. 595 pages. Illustrated. Three extensive indexes – Persons, Subjects and Churches.

Was John Bunyan a Baptist? A Test Case in Historical Method [Nathan Finn]

Nathan Finn
Nathan Finn

Nathan Finn:

What many readers may not know is that scholars have debated whether or not Bunyan was a Baptist or a Congregationalist since at least the late-1800s. There are several reasons for this debate. First, Bunyan’s church in Bedford, which began as a Congregationalist (Independent) meeting, seems to have embraced a dual baptismal practice prior to his pastorate. Second, though there is no evidence the church baptized infants during Bunyan’s pastorate, the church continued an open membership policy that included both credobaptists and pedobaptists. (Bunyan even engaged in a literary debate with William Kiffin, among others, over the relationship between the ordinances and church membership.) Finally, after Bunyan’s death in 1688, the church gravitated toward mainstream Congregationalism and rejected credobaptism as a normative practice.


John "The Baptist?" Bunyan
John “The Baptist?” Bunyan

For these reasons, scholars have tended to fall into three camps when debating Bunyan’s baptism bona fides. First, some scholars argue he was not a Baptist, but rather was a Congregationalist who privately preferred credobaptism to pedobaptism. Second, some scholars argue that Bunyan was an “Independent Baptist,” i.e., a Baptist who practiced open membership. Finally, some scholars punt (ahem) and suggest that Bunyan was “baptistic,” but falls short of being a consistent Baptist.


This makes for a good test case in historical method.

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