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247 – Sept. 04 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

He Died as He was Born

 

1688 – “Wednesday…was kept in prayer and humiliation for this Heavy Stroak upon us, ye Death of deare Brother Bunyan. Apoynted also that Wednesday next be kept in praire and humiliation on the same Account.” John Bunyan, their most loved pastor had died on Friday, Aug. 31 while on a preaching trip to London, England. The news had not reached his congregation in Bedford until they had gathered to worship the following Sunday. Bunyan often preached to as many as 3,000 in London after spending nearly 13 years in Bedford jail for refusing a license to preach the gospel. There he had written Pilgrim’s Progress and other great works. In 1672 the Act of Pardon had set him free. He was born to a tinker (a repairer of pots and pans). He married in 1647 and was saved and baptized into the membership of Bedford church in 1655. His wife died the same year and he remarried in 1659. He had a precious blind daughter who visited him while in jail. He died as he was born, in poverty. His death came when he was exposed to a heavy rain which brought on a high fever, and in ten days the great preacher was with the Lord. [John Brown, John Bunyan His Life Times and Work (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1888), pp. 390-91.  This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 483-485.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon

 

 

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214 – August 02 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Bunhill Fields Burial Grounds

 

1821 – William Dutton died and was buried in Bunhill Fields, the burial ground of the dissenters in London, England.  He grew up under the ministry of Dr. John Gill where his father was a deacon.  He was ordained on July 7, 1775 and became the pastor of the Baptist chapel in Dean Street where his ministry was greatly blessed of the Lord. (Alfred W. Light, Bunhill Fields (London: C.J. Farncombe and Sons, Ltd. 1913, pp. 92-93.}  Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon

 

 

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