October 2

On this day in 1919, just before a large convention of Baptists was to take place, the Canadian Baptist, that country’s largest Baptist journal, published an article entitled: “The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture.”  The worthy title belied its true purpose: to...

September 25

    The name, Luther Rice, should be held in high esteem among missionary-minded Baptists.  Appropriately, engraved over his burial place are the words, “Perhaps no American has done more for the great missionary enterprise.” Sadly that name has been...

September 18

Alexander Campbell is most infamously known for teaching that baptism is a condition of salvation. This ultimately helped to found the Disciples of Christ denomination and indirectly others as well. But baptismal regeneration was not his only attack upon the truth. He...

September 4

With this little biography I am going to tie together two consecutive days. Henry Jessey was born on September 3, 1601. He died a day after his sixty-second birthday on this day in 1663. Henry was the son of a Church of England clergyman, and he followed his father...

August 28

Rather than give you another anecdote about the Culpeper jail, in which Anderson Moffett (born on this day in 1746) was incarcerated, I’ve decided to share another birthday, but it is not of a Baptist preacher. George Pillsbury was born on this day in 1816 in Sutton,...

August 21

On this day in 1773, Nathaniel Saunders, the pastor of the Mountain Run (Baptist) Church was arrested in Culpeper County Virginia, charged that he did “Teach & Preach contrary to the Laws and Usages of the Kingdom of Great Britain, raising Sedition and Stirring up...

August 14

There may be several things about the following document I don’t particularly like, but it also contains some interesting information about one of our Baptist forefathers. In the records of the First Baptist Church of Salem, New Jersey… “Be it remembered that on...

August 7

Anyone who has a love for American history, knows the name Daniel Boone, or Dan’l, Boone. Far fewer people know the name “Squire Boone,” Daniel’s brother. On the first day of May 1769, Daniel and five other men set out from North Carolina to penetrate unchartered...

July 31

God’s providence and guiding hand are often wonderful things to behold – in looking back – but perhaps not so pleasant at the time. Jonathan and Deborah Wade were missionaries in Burma, where Brother Jonathan served for fifty-seven years, during which time he took...

July 24

Aeltgen Baren, an elderly lady, and Meyken Wouters, a woman of about twenty-four, were brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and were baptized by immersion upon their declaration of faith. This behavior could not be tolerated at that time by the Netherlands...

July 17

David George was born a slave in 1742. At some point another slave began to witness to him of the grace of God, and he came under deep conviction. Eventually, repenting of sin and putting his trust in Christ Jesus for deliverance and forgiveness, he became a child of...

July 10

Edmond Botsford was born again under the ministry of Oliver Hart of Charleston, South Carolina. In March, 1773, he was ordained and shortly thereafter he began an itinerant ministry, preaching throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. On this day in that year (1773) he...

July 3

Zachary Lewis immigrated from Wales to America in 1692, settling in Virginia. There he became quite prosperous. Like most of his neighbors, Zachary was an Anglican, and he brought up his seven children in this religion. The youngest child of the family was Addison....

June 26

When John Borum was thirty years old, he and his family moved from Virginia to Tennessee to start a new life. In 1807 he joined the Round Lick Baptist Church just east of what was to become Nashville. Very quickly he began serving the Lord and soon was preaching God’s...

June 19

It was on this day in 1834 that Charles Spurgeon was born. He was the first of seventeen children. His ancestors had come to England from Holland. His grandfather, James, was the pastor of the Independent Church in Stambourne, Essex, for 54 years. His Father, John...