Richard Baxter (Historymakers Series)
Baxter was one of the most influential of the Puritan pastors and authors. He preached to Oliver Cromwell and Charles II and was imprisoned by the notorious Judge Jeffreys, whom Baxter obviously exasperated. During his pastorate Baxter progressively taught...
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Baxter was one of the most influential of the Puritan pastors and authors. He preached to Oliver Cromwell and Charles II and was imprisoned by the notorious Judge Jeffreys, whom Baxter obviously exasperated.
During his pastorate Baxter progressively taught 800 families over a year on Monday nights, and acted as an informal judge on Thursdays. The effect on the community was such that 'the jails in Kidderminster were empty' at this time - yet he considered all this as secondary to his writing.
Baxter's autobiography is fascinating as you get an insight into the Puritan mind and also a survey of society.
'We were nearly there when some figures blocked our way. I went cold all over. This was no chance encounter. They had planned this and waited for us. This was it.''Move out of the way Blackie' the skinhead said. 'We got business with your friend.' Star Smith has enough problems in life trying to keep her wacky family a secret. Then a black girl arrives on the scene.... With the racist attitudes of kids in her area Star knows that if she befriends Ebony she could lose more than her reputation.
Richard Baxter (1615-1691) entered the ministry at the age of 23 and ministered for 19 years in Kidderminster. Within the Anglican church, Baxter found common ground with the Puritans, a growing faction who opposed the church's episcopacyand was itself breaking into factions. His Practical Works have been collected in four large volumes, and his books Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live, Reformed Pastor, Saints' Everlasting Rest and The Ministry we Need are still widely read.