January 29

The Tower of London has been many things to many people, including the birthplace, on this day in 1620, of Lucy Apsley. Her father, a wealthy and powerful man, was governor of the tower at the time. So Lucy grew up in a privileged world, which included receiving the...

January 22

The Charlotte Baptist Chapel was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland about 1800. Christopher Anderson, who had been saved under the ministry of Robert and James Haldane, became the first pastor. The Holy Spirit abundantly blessed his ministry, and soon there were between...

January 15

On this day in 1549 a woman we know only as Elizabeth was arrested for possessing a Latin New Testament. For some reason, her trial was recorded and preserved. Many questions related to Catholicism were asked, such as, “What do you think of the most holy sacrament?...

January 8

Jesse Vawter was born to Anglican parents in Culpepper County, Virginia in 1755. When he was nineteen he heard Thomas Ammon preach the gospel, and the Lord regenerated his soul. Jesse then joined the hated and persecuted Baptists through whom he met his Saviour. There...

January 1

I have told parts of this story several times, so I won’t go into any great deal of detail on this occasion. A few years ago, when our son and his family were living in Akin, South Carolina, my wife, Judy, and I drove a few miles across the Savanna River into Georgia,...

December 25

Rueben Hill was born in a humble Kentucky home in 1808. Disciplining himself, he studied hard to become a physician. When he was twenty-five, two momentous blessings fell upon him: he was born again and he married. He joined the Knob Creek Baptist Church in Maury...

December 18

During the first half of the 18th century, the Lord brought spiritual enlightenment to Sweden, creating a polarizing effect in that country. While many souls were saved, even more became incensed, defending their Lutheran religion by persecuting the new converts to...

December 11

I often describe the persecution against the Baptists during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries here in America, as well as in Britain and a few other places. Going a little astray with this vignette, I turn to Russia and a much more recent date – December 11, 1985....

December 4

Nathaniel Chambles was born in 1762 in Sussex, Virginia. Even though his parents were faithful and godly Baptists, Nathaniel didn’t see himself as an unworthy sinner and in need of Christ until he was twenty-six. After his conversion he was received into the...

Novermber 27

Lee Compere and his wife were British missionaries in Jamaica before the climate drove them out and up to Charleston, S.C., where they met Richard Furman. After some time in the Carolinas they moved to Alabama to work among the Creek Indians. It was there that their...

November 20

1527 was, in many ways, not a good year for the Anabaptists of Europe. George Wagner, of Emmerich, Germany, was charged with the crime that he did not believe that water baptism possessed any saving power. He was bound and thrown into a bonfire on February 8. Melchior...

November 6

Elijah Baker was born and raised, and born again, in Lunenburg County, Virginia. After his salvation, he fearlessly began preaching Christ where the government and state-sanctioned church forbade him. While many of his Christian friends were moving into Kentucky, the...

October 30

David Barrow was born on this day in 1753.  He was raised on a Virginia farm and was not privileged to have much formal education.  But the Lord saved him at the age of sixteen. He was baptized and immediately started exhorting his friends to come to Christ.  After...

October 23

In 1800 many churches in Kentucky were blessed with a soul-stirring revival. When pastor and historian Lemuel Burkitt heard of it, he traveled from North Carolina to experience and record what the Lord was doing. On this day in 1801, he wrote: “The first appearance...

October 16

Gottlob Bruckner was born outside of Berlin, Germany  in 1783.  When he was twenty years old he moved to the big city to find work, and there he met a preacher whose sermons brought him to the cross for salvation.  Becoming a new creature in Christ, Gottlob desired to...