I have found David Bebbington an interesting and thorough historian especially of English and Scottish Baptist history. My specific interest in this book was the beginning and growth of the Baptists in this land of Presbyterianism and Catholicism. That beginning could be viewed from three directions. The first, and probably the oldest, is the influence of Cromwell’s army which employed numerous Baptists, they being in no way opposed to military service. Many of these men remained in Scotland after that period. The second are the “Scottish” Baptists, or rather, those who began Baptist principles from within Scotland. They retained an elder rule from their Presbyterian background and were sometimes ambivalent as to the mode of adult baptism. The third were the “English” Baptists, so called because they were trained theologically by English Baptists and brought those principles to Scotland, specifically congregational rule and adult immersion. Robert and James Haldane were the primary founders of “English” Baptists in Scotland.
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 […]