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Rachal Watt and her Journey to the Hill Country of Ukambani

“The sun was beaming down in all his tropical power and splendour on that glorious morning in 1893 when we landed at the Arab town of Mombasa, on the eastern shore of the continent of Africa,” wrote Rachel Watt as she, her husband Stuart, and 4 children arrived in Kenya for the second time.[1] Their [...]

Rachal Watt and her Journey to the Hill Country of Ukambani2022-01-03T17:21:48+03:00

The Reformation was Missional

In 1544 John Calvin wrote a letter to Emperor Charles V to be presented at the Imperial Diet at Spires. In that letter, he defended the work of Luther and the Reformation and identified a number of corruptions that necessitated reform “without delay.” This was a call for reform in both “doctrine and the Church.” [...]

The Reformation was Missional2021-12-27T20:40:04+03:00

Did the Protestant Reformation have a Missionary Vision?

It has often been claimed that the Protestant Reformation did not stimulate missions and that the Reformers had no missionary vision. One Italian Jesuit, Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), claimed that the Protestant Church lacked evangelistic zeal which, he said, is a key characteristic of the true Church. Bellarmine may be forgiven for this claim, judging it by Martin Luther's teaching on the [...]

Did the Protestant Reformation have a Missionary Vision?2021-12-21T09:54:23+03:00

Rachel Watt: First Female Missionary to the British East African Interior

Eva Stuart Watt (center) with her sister and mother Evangelical Christians living in Ireland in the early to mid-twentieth century would have been well acquainted with the name of Eva Stuart Watt (b. 1891). Eva grew up in Kenya and later moved to Ireland where she became a prolific author, artist, missionary advocate, [...]

Rachel Watt: First Female Missionary to the British East African Interior2021-05-29T21:58:00+03:00

Dr. John Crawford: Pioneer of Theological Education in Western Canada

Dr. John Crawford "No one made a greater sacrifice for Baptist education [in Western Canada] than Rev. John Crawford, D.D. His name is loved and honored by many, despite his apparent failure." —C.C. McLaurin[1] John Crawford was born around the year 1819 in Castledawson, Northern Ireland, about thirty-five miles east of Omagh, where [...]

Dr. John Crawford: Pioneer of Theological Education in Western Canada2021-04-28T00:30:16+03:00

The Rise of Modernism & Early Baptist Resistance in Western Canada

This decade marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the rise of militant Fundamentalism and the beginning of the “battle royal for the fundamentals.”[1] Although the struggle continued for a number of decades, these years (particularly between 1920 and 1927) were marked with denominational struggle and eventual splits, an explosion in fundamentalist publications, and the establishment of [...]

The Rise of Modernism & Early Baptist Resistance in Western Canada2021-04-27T10:14:51+03:00

The Regular Baptists of BC and the Struggle for a Trans-Canada Fellowship

Introduction On October 21, 2023, the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada (hence Fellowship or FEB) will celebrate seventy years of united gospel witness. The formation of the Fellowship in 1953, had a unique Ontario context in the merger between the Fellowship of Independent Baptist Churches of Canada and the Union of Regular Baptist [...]

The Regular Baptists of BC and the Struggle for a Trans-Canada Fellowship2021-02-01T00:11:42+03:00

Dr. T. T. Shields on Roman Catholicism: Pt. 2. “A Powerful International Political Organization”

Two related issues formed the impetus of Shields’ fight with Roman Catholicism in Canada. The first was the theological and spiritual danger of Roman Catholicism which we have previously considered. The second was the Roman Catholic monopoly that separated Quebec from the rest of Canada and obstructed national unity. Donald Wicks presented the issue very [...]

Dr. T. T. Shields on Roman Catholicism: Pt. 2. “A Powerful International Political Organization”2020-03-31T15:28:10+03:00

Dr. T.T. Shields on Roman Catholicism: Pt. 1. Theologian and Pastor

On June 15, 1949, an article appeared in Maclean’s Magazine featuring Dr. T.T. Shields of Toronto; the title was “The Battling Baptist.” This perception of Shields as a controversialist, rightly or wrongly, has become the most defining feature of his life and ministry. In some respects, it is understandable how this perception has developed; there [...]

Dr. T.T. Shields on Roman Catholicism: Pt. 1. Theologian and Pastor2020-03-24T23:23:26+03:00

Five Characteristics of a Great Hymn

Hymns and hymn-writers are gifts to the Church. Throughout the history of the Church, just a few hymnists have distinguished themselves. Not all are as "gifted" as others and even these we identify as gifted writers, like Watts and Wesley, did not always write great hymns. Only a small percentage of their hymns are used today [...]

Five Characteristics of a Great Hymn2020-01-05T14:50:32+03:00
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