Thursday, December 8, 2005

On This Day in Church History...

In 1691 Richard Baxter entered his 'everlasting rest.'

1 comment:

Robert said...

Here's what one can appreciate about Richard Baxter - at least it's what I can appreciate about Baxter. Apart from being what we would call today a 'bestselling author' and producing somehwere around 140 texts in his lifetime, Richard Baxter was a pastor, he loved people, and no matter the title of being counted as one of the greatest of Puritan Divines (rejected and villified by both sides of the Reformation and Restoration parties), he was a simple man, and by 'simple man' I mean in the Lynyrd Skynyrd sense. Yes, I think, no, I am convinced that Richard Baxter would have loved the lyrics to the Skynyrd song, Simple Man.
"Mamma told me, when I was young, come sit beside me, my only son... Listen closely to what I say... If you do this, it will help you some sunny day... Oh, take your time. Don't live to fast. Troubles will come, and they will pass. Well, find a woman. You'll find love. And, don't forget, son, there is Someone up above. And, be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand. Be a simple kind of man. Oh, won't you do this for me, my son, if you can."
And, in the words of Forrest Gump and my friend Susan Allister, that's all I have to say about that.
(That's right, you can like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and study the Puritans... Can graduate students be rednecks? -- Yes, yes, I believe they can. Baxter would have liked that.)


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