March 13

Before the establishment of the first permanent Baptist church in America, there was an attempt to organize a congregation just south of Boston. Six godly men, the principle leaders in the attempt, were arraigned before the General Court in Boston on this day in 1639....

March 6

Hezekiah Johnson was born in Maryland on this day in 1799. His Father was a Baptist preacher and the family moved to Ohio in 1816 to serve the Lord. Hezekiah professed faith in Christ when he was 26 and two years later he was ordained, moving to Iowa to plant a...

February 27

Samuel Stillman was born on this day in 1737. The first eleven years of his life were spent in Philadelphia, after which he resided in Charleston, South Carolina. There he came under the gospel preaching of Oliver Hart. Still in his youth he saw himself as a sinner...

February 20

Andrew Gifford was born into a home where his father and his father before him were both Baptist pastors; and both suffered for their faith, being persecuted and imprisoned. At an early age the testimony of his parents bore fruit, and Andrew trusted Christ as his...

February 13

Benjamin Miller was born in 1715. As a child he and his family attended the Presbyterian church pastored by Gilbert Tennent. Under the peaching of the Protestants, Benjamin was born again. When Tennent encouraged young Miller to study for the ministry under the...

February 6

Richard Major was born near Pennsbury, Pennsylvania on this day in 1722. His parents were Presbyterians, and under their teaching and the preaching of the Protestants, Richard periodically came under conviction as a sinner. To thwart the power of guilt, he would then...

January 30

Tidence Lane was born the son of an ardent, Baptist-hating, Anglican in 1724. When the family moved from Maryland to North Carolina, Tidence came under the preaching of Shubal Stearns. In 1743, after the Lord saved his soul, the young man surrendered to preach the...

January 23

When I read that on this day in 1881 Charles Tupper died, my heart leaped just a bit, because as every educated Canadian knows, Charles Tupper was one of Canada’s “Fathers of Confederation,” serving as that country’s sixth Prime Minister. But when I saw that Prime...

January 16

Hezekiah Harman was born on this day in 1763 in Chatham county North Carolina. His father was the county sheriff, and young Hezekiah grew up very familiar with the firearms of his day. When he was seventeen years old he picked up his long gun and joined the state...

January 9

I wonder if in Heaven we will learn about all those who suffered and died for the cause of Christ. Or will we be so focused on the Lord and His blessings that such matters will not be discussed. If not then, at least now, we need to be stirred by the sufferings of our...

January 2

As a teenager, the Lutheran Johann Oncken left his native Germany and moved to England for an education and vocation. He served an apprenticeship under a Presbyterian Scot, where he not only learned a trade but also learned to love God’s Word. But it wasn’t until a...

December 26

Many Americans are not aware that Britain, too, had a “Civil War,” when neighbors shed neighbors’ blood in a battle for “liberty.” During that conflict many Baptists joined and supported the Parliamentary army against the king. The forces of Oliver Cromwell were...

December 19

Lovell Ingalls was serving as a missionary in Burma when his wife died, leaving him with a small family. After he returned to America on furlough, the Lord provided another helpmeet in Marilla, and the couple returned to Burma. Shortly after their arrival, the...

November 28

On this day in 1750 Philip Hughes was born. He was born again and baptized when he was 23 by the Regular Baptist preacher, David Thompson. Then, over time he became a close friend to the Separate Baptist, Elijah Baker. Baker was one of the forty-four who were...

November 14

I often refer to Shubal Stearns, as I did last Sunday. It is because he was an extremely important man when it came to the evangelization and the establishment of Baptist churches in the South. Stearns was saved during the Great Awakening under George Whitefield. He...