Monthly Archives: June 2012

Beautiful Picture of a Godly Father’s Love

One of the most beautiful portraits of a father’s love I know of comes from John G. Paton’s Autobiogaphy. I first encountered Paton’s story while driving home from a hospital visit, listening to a conference message on Paton by John … Continue reading

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Friendship at the Hour of Death

One man from church history whose life repeatedly demonstrates the fruits of Christian friendship is the great Baptist pastor-theologian Andrew Fuller. I have been reading his Memoir this week, and have arrived at the final chapter of his life. Writing … Continue reading

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Friendship: Rare, Life-Giving

My friend, Dr. Ray Van Neste, recently commented on and posted a great selection of quotes about friendship between men from Stephen Ambrose’s book Comrades: Brothers, Fathers, Heroes, Sons, Pals. Friendship is an important, but neglected topic today. Here’ what … Continue reading

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May I never preach again a sermon without the cross

Baptist minister Andrew Fuller, in a letter home while on a preaching tour of Ireland: “The doctrine of the cross is more dear to me than when I went. I wish I may never preach another sermon but what shall … Continue reading

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Comprehensive Christian Discipleship

The Apostle Paul:  “What you have  learned and received and heard and seen in me,  practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you (Phil 4:9).” 

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The “patience of hope” in the Christian Life and Ministry

I was affected by this passage from Alvah Hovey’s Life and Times of Isaac Backus yesterday: The blessed revival of 1780, was followed in Titicut by a long period of relative declension; and not until the labors of Mr. Backus were almost … Continue reading

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May 2012 Reading Report

A Piety Above the Common Standard: Jesse Mercer and Evangelistic Calvinism, Anthony Chute Mercer was a pivotal nineteenth-century Baptist leader in the South. One of several books I have been reading lately on historic Baptist figures as I try to … Continue reading

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