Leon McBeth is best known as a Southern Baptist Church historian and primarily for his book, The Baptist Heritage (Broadman, 1987). In 1990 Broadman Press printed this follow-up to that book. McBeth explains in the preface, “Over the years when I would share an unusual anecdote, a choice quotation, or a first-hand account of some event in Baptist history, many of the students showed keen fascination. Countless times I have been asked some version of the following question, ‘Can you tell me the name of the book where you found all of these stories?’” This book is therefore a source book for those stories and anecdotes that compliment McBeth’s well-known text. He begins with John Smyth and Thomas Helwys in England and then with Roger Williams and John Clarke New England, continuing into the 1980s.
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 […]