Religious freedom

Our Chapel, built is the 1960’s, has a much longer story to tell than the mere fifty years since.

NBBC 1961

Recently I read with interest an article in our parish magazine produced by the local Anglican Church, about the changes and unchanging aspects of local life. I particularly noticed two things, one, the mention of ‘the turbulent history of the Christian faith in this area during the years of persecution of non-conformists’ (like ourselves), and second, ‘the splits and arguments that follow the Church through the years as it continues to ‘proclaim the Good News of the Risen Jesus’.

I wanted to tease that out a bit Continue reading “Religious freedom”

Six thousand years in six hours. (6)

We came up with a short course of six, one hour sessions to run once a month between now and the summer which is designed for anyone with an interest in the Bible, whether or not they are ‘religious’.

The first session was on Geography – where did it all happen? The second week asked History – when did this happen? Session 3 was  looking at the writing: Authorship – who wrote the Bible? Session 4 was on The People – did they really live. Session 5 was on: Scope – what are the big events? The last session was on the The Books – How did the Bible come about?

Here is the slide show that went with that: How we got the Bible

You can listen to the section on the Old Testament is here: How we got the Bible, OT

You can listen to the section on the New Testament is here: How we got the Bible, NT

 

Six thousand years in six hours.


Last year a lot of interest was expressed in a short beginner, or refresher course for people wanting to familiarise themselves with the Bible.

We have come up with a short course of six, one hour sessions to run once a month between now and the summer which is  designed for anyone with an interest whether or not they are ‘religious’.

The first session was on the Geography of the Bible – where did it all happen?  Continue reading “Six thousand years in six hours.”

Anniversary Bonfire

NBBC is 237 years old! As the event coincides with the other minor event of Guy Fawkes Night, we usually have a bonfire, bbq, and this year, some fireworks too, quite a lot in fact. So come along and bring your family, and friends. SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER.

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The founding of North Bradley Baptist Church

Nov. 5th 1775

It is usually on the first Sunday in November that the Church celebrates its anniversary, and looking back it appears that the first Sunday of November 1775, the year the Church began, was the 5th of November. This was likely the occasion of this Church’s first public meeting as a newly incorporated body. What a day that must have been for them all.

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William Kiffin and the Bradford Minister’s Fraternal

Church history is a bit lost on some folk, but it never ceases to amaze me when you think about what it might have been like to grow up at a different time. How did people try to work out their Christianity under such different circumstances?

Today, Robert Oliver at the minister’s fraternal at Bradford introduced us to the life of William Kiffin who I had never heard of. His dates are 1616-1701, and one is bound to think, what’s that to me?

What I came to think however, was just how much this man had shaped my, and probably your life. Continue reading “William Kiffin and the Bradford Minister’s Fraternal”