Contra Amyraldianism

Sir,      It is a swashbuckling challenge to turn my old frigate’s bows to Captain Clifford’s well-aimed broadside and I was as exhilarated by his action as I was frustrated by his strategy. Was this going to be my Sea of Trouble? I mused. I have pursued Captain Clifford for some years through Amyraldianism’s frothy […]

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Are We Reformed?

Dear Brethren,      From time to time, we read postings to the HBS which state dogmatically that Baptists are, or ought to be, neither Reformed or Protestant. Such subscribers see so much error in these two branches of the institutionalised establishments that they beg loudly to differ and proclaim a ‘better way’. Not all Baptists, […]

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What is a Baptist?

Dear Brethren,      Before I had the privilege of joining this symposium, I felt that I knew quite well what a Baptist church was. My simple definition was that a Baptist church consisted of a body of believers who had joined together in fellowship, chosen a pastor and deacons, preferably out of their own midst, […]

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Contra Knox

Sir,      It was refreshing and challenging to read Mr Wilson’s doughty Scot’s support of Knox though he has given both his countryman and myself the wrong-sized shoes. Furthermore, as Andrew Lang in his definitive work on Knox also says of his subject, Mr Wilson sails dangerously close to the wind in his historical analysis. […]

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Fuller and Evangelism

Dear Sir,      1795-1835 was a time of widespread revival with Anglican Robert Hawker preaching to thousands, Independent William Huntington equalled his efforts and Baptist William Gadsby founding 45-50 churches filled with new converts. The PBs were not inactive in this time but Mr Cook confuses Gill’s orthodoxy with Fuller’s. Gill had one of the […]

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The Lawful Use of the Law

Dear Editor,      As Christians, we realise that we know only in part until we see Christ face to face. This realisation ought not to deter us from practising another Scriptural truth which is to declare the whole counsel of God as it is revealed to us in Scripture. I fear that two articles in […]

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New Cowper Book

Sir,      It was good to read of Countryman’s appreciation of William Cowper who has also not been forgotten by others in this bicentenary year. After publishing, several essays and two rather lengthy works on Cowper in recent years, I forwarded a bicentenary appreciation this January to a Canadian publisher. It is entitled William Cowper: […]

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Cromwell Queried

Dear Sir,      Regarding Mr. Gellion’s disapproval of my comments on To Honour God, sent to me by Michael Haykin for review.      I never review a book without doing the most minute research. This being a highly debatable subject, I re-consulted Cromwell’s writings, contemporary works of Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalist and Baptists, Parliamentary documents and […]

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Missionary McCoy

Dear Sir,      Re. Wolter Smit’s letter of October/November: Before writing my New Focus essay on McCoy, I had researched Isaac McCoy’s correspondence with Wilson Thompson and the Miami County Association, recording my findings in another work. Thompson respected McCoy highly and assisted him to baptise Corbly Martin, the first teacher in McCoy’s Indian School. […]

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Godly Ungodly

Dear Christian Sir,      One of the sub-headings I used in my essay on Errol Hulse vs. John Gill (April/May issue) was the ‘Godly Ungodly Myth’ which must have proved puzzling to readers as, in my efforts to reduce the words used, I quite erased the reference to which the sub-title principally referred. The allusion […]

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