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14 – January 14 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST

He preached through the prison grates  1744 – John Pickett was born. When he was grown he had a strong leaning toward gaming and sports of all kinds. He became a dancing master which took him to Pee Dee, North Carolina, from his home in King George County, Virginia, around 1764. Under the preaching of Josiah Murphy in N.C. in…

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310 – Nov. 06 – This Day in Baptist History Past

The real root of fundamentalism 1863 – Dr. A.T. Robertson, universally known as the greatest Greek scholar of his day, was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. In that he died in 1934 he lived during the Fundamentalist/modernist battles. However, like many of his Southern brethren he never became involved in those controversies except to oppose A.H. Strong’s pantheism. Following is…

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276 – Oct. 03 – This Day in Baptist History Past

A Mightily used man of God 1791 – Dr. Adiel Sherwood, pastor and educator, was born in Washington County, New York, and after graduating from College was trained in theology at Andover Seminary. Andover was founded by the Conservative Congregationalists after liberalism had penetrated Harvard. There he studied under Dr. Moses Stuart, who had been used of God to eradicate…

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245 – Sept. 02 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Jailed as a “Southern Man” 1824 – William Francis Luck, originally from Campbell County, Virginia, married Elizabeth McGann, and they later emigrated to Wilson, County, Tenn. The Separate Baptists had immersed that area with the Gospel through Rev. Tidence Lane. William was one of those who was saved at a Baptist camp meeting, and joined the Pleasant Valley Church of…

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227 – Aug. 15 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Jailed for preaching without a license 1747 – William Webber was born. He was considered one of the spiritual fathers and pioneers of the gospel in Virginia. A carpenter by trade until hearing the preaching of John Waller and quickly became an exhorter.  He soon became the pastor of the Dover Church in Goochland County, VA.   Few men in Virginia…

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219 – Aug. 07 – This Day in Baptist History

Saw the first baptism in Knoxville 1814 – Matthew Hillsman was born.  He would have been one of the three thousand present when his father John was baptized by John Rogers, a pioneer Baptist preacher, in August of 1825 when the first such event ever occurred in Knoxville, Tenn.  John Hillsman, a native of Virginia, had also fought in the…

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216 – Aug. 04 – This Day in Baptist History Past

He soon preached the gospel 1744 – Elder Eleazer Clay was was born in Virginia.  He received Christ as Savior in August of 1771, joined the Baptist church and was soon preaching the gospel. He came to Chesterfield County and built a meetinghouse and started the first Baptist church in that area.  He stayed there for over sixty years!  He went…

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213 – Aug 01 – This Day in Baptist History Past

He Introduced Public Singing First Baptist Church – Boston – 1700 John Comer was born in Boston, Massachusetts Aug 01, 1704.  He pastored and co-pastored several churches in New England during a period when the people were somewhat remiss in church order and controversy prevailed concerning ordinances and practices. He brought order, introduced public singing, and increased membership.       [Isaac Backus, Your…

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202 – July 21 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Oh, that I had another life to go to Africa Alfred Saker, as an old emaciated missionary stood before a united assembly of Baptists in Glasgow, Scotland in 1879 and said, “Oh, that I had another life to go out to Africa. The field is white, and the multitudes are in darkness still.” The Dark Continent’s best-known missionary, David Livingstone,…

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200 – July 19 – This Day in Baptist History Past

They named him “Christmas” Perhaps the greatest Baptist preacher that Great Britain ever produced was the Welsh preacher Christmas Evans. Born on Christmas Day 1766 into an impoverished home, he lost his father when only nine years old, and spent the next few years with a disreputable uncle. When he was 15 he still couldn’t read but when he was…

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