Biographies of good men are always a rich find in used bookstores. This is a reprint of the biography of John Gill (1697-1771), written by his successor, John Rippon. Both men pastored the London church that would become known by a later successor, Charles Spurgeon. Gill was one of those voluminous writers and the first Baptist to put a systematic theology in print, Body of Divinity. “Formulas and articles of faith, creeds, confessions, catechisms, and summaries of divine truths, are greatly decried in our age; and yet, what art or science soever but has been reduced to a system? . . . . And why should Divinity, the most noble science, be without a system?” He was a strict Calvinist, then known as “Particular” Baptists, while standing firm for believer’s baptism and local church communion. His father was an English “Dissenter” (separating from the Church of England) and so was Gill as well as Rippon. They are both buried in Bunhill Fields, still known as “The Dissenter’s Graveyard” (where one can still visit today and see their markers), along with other Baptists such as John Bunyan.
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 […]