In a society that sprints past Halloween and Thanksgiving in order to get to the Christmas season, it should come as little surprise to recognize that we are not good at waiting. Our’s is a generation that has learned that good things come to those who refuse to wait. We have access to more information … Continue reading Making Room for Advent this Christmas Season
Samuel Pearce participated alongside men such as Andrew Fuller, William Carey, and John Sutcliff in the inception of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS), which launched the modern missions movement. Pearce's passion for and commitment to missions established him as a gifted spokesman and fundraiser for the cause. Carey was the first to go, but Pearce's … Continue reading Samuel Pearce’s Tract for the Lascars
This is the second of several posts reflecting upon the Serampore Form of Agreement, signed in 1805. Click here to read the first reflection. In addition to the infinite value of immortal souls, readers today can also take note of the Serampore missionaries' emphasis on cultural exploration and personal sacrifice. In much the same way … Continue reading Serampore Reflections: Cultural Exploration and Sacrifice
I am often encouraged and inspired by the actions of the men who participated in the Baptist Missionary Society during the late-18th and early-19th centuries. Their commitment to the gospel serves as an example worthy of emulation. In 1805 (twelve years after William Carey had initially sailed to India), nine missionaries gathered and added their … Continue reading The Serampore Form of Agreement
Recent years have seen an increase in discussions concerning polity. Historically, the leadership of any given church has taken on one of several forms: an episcopal church structure wherein the leadership of a given local church is overseen by a bishop or bishops outside the local church, a presbyterian form of church governance wherein the … Continue reading The Underlying Premise of Congregationalism
In researching the 18th-century British Particular Baptists, I learned of a group known as the Baptist Board. The Baptist Board was a small group of London Baptist ministers who gathered each month at the Jamaican Coffee House—the first coffee house in London, established in 1652 in St Michael's churchyard. (In a humorous historical twist, the … Continue reading Why Caffeinated Theology?