My reason for going back and rereading this text (originally published by Judson Press, 1950) was in conjunction with some study on the history of revival in America in the last two centuries. Torbet has an interesting chapter (8) on the division of Baptists after the Great Awakening into “Regular” and “Separate”. The Great Awakening divided Baptists over the amount of emotionalism that should be allowed in calling men to repentance as well as whether “invitations” should be used at all (especially an issue in the days of Finney). The issue took on a Calvinist/Arminian bent as time went on. Also of interest was the history and purpose of Baptist Associations throughout the eastern states and the history of the “Camp Meetings” in the west. Description is also given of “covenant meetings, a subject being renewed in our own day.
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
Borders, Language, and CultureAugust 1, 2016
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done […]
Why Do We Have Baptists in the First Place?December 2, 2015
In a day and age when Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in America and Baptist churches are seemingly everywhere, it is easy to ask what Baptists are all about and even why are they so prevalent. There is no short answer but I think that a brief general account of their beginnings can […]