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Trinity Springs Baptist Church Wins Tax Case – Greg J. Dixon

Trinity Springs Baptist Church in Martin County, Indiana, just won a great victory, not only for Trinity Springs, but for all of the unregistered churches of Indiana and the Biblical Law Center of Indianapolis who prepared the case.  It no doubt will eventually help other churches in the religious freedom fight across the land.  The ruling was given by the…

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157 Year Old Baptist Church Attacked by Indiana County – By Greg J. Dixon

Trinity Springs Baptist Church When you leave Highway 37 South of Indianapolis, after traveling through Bobby Knight country past Indiana University, you make a right turn on to U.S. 450 soon after you enter Bedford, just after you pass Walmart; and you are on your way to Trinity Springs, Indiana.  But before you reach the land of nowhere, you are…

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11 – January 11 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST

James Madison Protestantism produced tyranny not liberty 1758 – The General Assembly, meeting at Savannah, Georgia, passed a law making the Church of England the church of the Province. In early Virginia, Massachusetts, and several other colonies, laws were enacted to support an established church by taxes, to compel church attendance, and to forbid the worshiping of dissenting sects. Some…

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08 – January 08 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST

First Baptist church in Illinois 1823 – James Lemen passed from this earth. Even though he was fifty years old when he was licensed by his church to preach, he was an active and zealous minister of the gospel. Lemen, along with his wife Catherine, and two others, had been baptized when they had to break the ice in Fountain…

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02 – January 02 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST

Johann Gerhard Oncken Baptists go to Germany 1884 – Johann Gerhard Oncken, the “Apostle of the German Baptists,” finished his course, and went home to be with His Lord. As a young Lutheran he had left his native Germany for England to serve an apprenticeship under a devout Presbyterian tradesman. He treasured his Bible, but it was only after a…

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363 – Dec. 29 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Panorama London – 1807 Conviction waned before returning 1807 – John Chin was ordained to the gospel ministry. John was the youngest son of a farming family and was born near Blanton, England, in May of 1773. He always talked in glowing terms of his parents but especially of his godly mother who instructed him early in the scriptures. John…

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To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

Editor’s Note:  The Bible uses the generic word wine to describe both fermented (alcoholic) and unfermented grape juice. The context determines which wine is meant. Alcoholic wine is said to be a mocker (Proverbs 20), a poison,  (Deuteronomy 32) and something that should not even be looked at, let alone consumed (Proverbs 23).  The pure blood of the grape (Deuteronomy…

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314 – Nov. 10 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Why America became a Republic 1745 – Isaac Backus and others were excommunicated from the Congregational church at Norwich, Connecticut. The name of Isaac Backus is one of the brightest lights in Baptist history. He was born on Jan. 9, 1724 in Norwich. He grew up during the time of the Great Awakening under George Whitefield and other lesser-known men….

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312 – Nov. 08 – This Day in Baptist History Past

One of the first Sunday Schools 1828 – The treasury book of the Cloughfold Baptist Church of England revealed that £45 was borrowed of John Heap for the purpose of building a Sunday school annex. It also records that the loan was repaid by 1833 with interest. The first effort to begin the Sunday school was in 1810 but it…

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309 – Nov. 05 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Five of their children went as missionaries 1855 – William Bagby was born and later was saved under the preaching of Rufus C. Burleson, during the time that the pioneer preacher was President of Waco University in Texas. While there, William studied theology under Dr. B. H. Carroll, and graduated in 1875, and four years later was ordained into the…

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