WWI – Baptist Pastor on the Somme Front

Coming Soon – the diary and letters of Pastor James Rowell.

Salvation By Grace Alone

When we speak of Salvation by grace alone, we mean that the Bible says this; every man is a sinner before God. Now we have got to take that seriously. People say well, I am really not a bad person, I don’t drink, I don’t gamble, I don’t steel, I have never committed adultery, I have never murdered etc. etc. These are all good things in a relative sense; I would rather have a neighbor who was kind and decent and good and upright and honest than have some lying rascal next door to me, that I couldn’t turn my back upon. We applaud those social virtues, but before God we are all sinners, we have broken the first and great commandment of the Law of God, which is to love god with all our soul strength and mind. We are all sinners, and not small sinners, but big sinners. We are dead in sin and corrupted in sin, we are self-centered and not God-centered.

Those who boast how good they are have lived their life in rebellion against God and in rejection of His son, trampling the blood of Christ beneath their feet. They live as if the Bible didn’t say the things that it says; that is big time sin.


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Wednesday, 26th April 1916

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Had breakfast in the city of Winnipeg. Later reported at Agricultural College, the Head quarters of the no. 11th, Field Ambulance. We were medically examined and all passed. (I have a 4 inch chest expansion.) [...]

Tuesday, April 25th 1916

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Packing and visiting. Left Brandon on the evening train for Winnipeg. We spent the night in the city. "Taken on Brandon Station just before leaving for Winnipeg to enlist. April 1916" (Personal diary) [...]

Monday, 24th April 1916

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James attended Brandon College from January 1913 until he enlisted in April 1916, just a couple of months before he was due to graduate. Brandon College later became the catalyst in the Liberal / Fundamentalist [...]

Sunday, April 23rd 1916

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J. B. Rowell; Brandon College, 1914 While at Brandon College James pastored in a number of Baptist churches in Manitoba, including Manitou, Keleida and Medora.  James was pastoring the Baptist church in Medora [...]

“All is well” … A Steady Faith at the Western Front

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J. B. Rowell enlisted in April of 1916 with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF) and was invalided home in January 1917. Here is an extract of a letter written from the Somme, 1916, just a sample of the faith [...]

The Kingdom of God’s Sovereign Grace

February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Understanding the kingdom of God (see PDF diagram) is fundamental to our understanding and enjoyment of the gospel. Salvation—the new birth—is an entrance into the kingdom (John 3:3) which we are commanded to “seek first” [...]

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