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The Verse on Richards Baxter’s Pulpit

Richard Baxter was born in 1615 and lived to the age of 77. He died as a pastor in Kidderminster, England. 

He wrote some monumental books: The Reformed Pastor, A Call to the Unconverted and A Christian Directory. One of his tutors early in life was a man by the name of John Owen. And Owen’s Calvinism rubbed off on Baxter but not all of it, as Baxter remained a godly Arminian until he died.

One of Baxter’s favorite pastoral ministries was visiting the homes of his flock two nights a week. He would go through the streets of his city visiting as many homes as he could in a given evening. When he arrived, he would have a specific purpose: to teach. He would prepare lessons ahead of time and write tracts to deliver to them when he came into each of their homes. Some say every street in his home town had a member of his congregation living there, as a result of this home ministry. He remarked at the end of this life “On the Lord’s Day there was no disorder to be seen in the streets; but you might hear a hundred families singing psalms and repeating sermons as you passed through them.”

Baxter coined the phrase “preaching as a dying man to dying men” and was imprisoned on three different occasions and was publicly flogged during his life for preaching the Gospel. In his book Light from Old Times, J.C. Ryle had this praise for Baxter when he wrote,  “While others were entangling themselves in politics, and burying their dead amidst the potsherds of earth, Baxter was living a crucified life, and daily preaching the Gospel. I suspect he was the best and wisest pastor that an English parish ever had, and a model that many a modern rector or vicar would do well to follow.”  

He was one of the greatest pastors through church history since the apostle Paul and a secret to his ministerial impact could probably be found in a verse that was inscribed on his pulpit that he preached in for decades: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples” (Ps 105:1). 

A 77-Year Reunion Realized

What a heart-warming story about a mother and daughter who re-united after 77 years! I look forward to reading this book some day.

John Piper, On Ways to Pray For Your Enemies

Image result for john piper“Prayer for your enemies is one of the deepest forms of love, because it means that you have to really want that something good happen to them. You might do nice things for your enemy without any genuine desire that things go well with them. But prayer for them is in the presence of God who knows your heart, and prayer is interceding with God on their behalf. It may be for their conversion. It may be for their repentance. It may be that they would be awakened to the enmity in their hearts. It may be that they will be stopped in their downward spiral of sin, even if it takes disease or calamity to do it. But the prayer Jesus has in mind here is always for their good.” (John Piper, “But I Say To You Love Your Enemies”)

A Needed Warning from Paul Washer to the Christian Music Industry

John Calvin, Explaining How One Can Know Himself

Image result for john calvin“It is plain that no man can arrive at the true knowledge of himself, without having first contemplated the divine character, and then descended to the consideration of his own. For, such is the native pride of us all, we invariably esteem ourselves righteous, innocent, wise and holy, till we are convinced by clear proofs, of our unrighteousness, turpitude, folly and impurity. But we are never thus convinced, while we confine our attention to ourselves, and regard not the Lord, who is the only standard by which this judgment ought to be formed.” (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion)

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