Parson to Person
is renowned as “the weeping prophet.” In tears he preached to the
hardened inhabitants of Judah, and Jerusalem in particular. Did they
love and appreciate him for warning them of looming disaster? Quite
the contrary. They cast him in a dungeon, and treated him shamefully
in other ways. Still, he preached on. Why did he do this? Because he
knew, and knew that he knew, that the forces of Babylon would soon
descend upon his beloved city and people unless repentance was
imminent. God had both informed the prophet of this doom and
commissioned him to preach to his hardened, backslidden people.
who dared to believe the prophet had fled to Egypt for supposed
safety rather than repent. As time raced toward a deadline for the
people of Judah to repent, their condition was thus summarized, “The
harvest is past , the summer is ended , and we are not saved”
Is this actually a page from the annals of ancient
history or a present commentary on our people today? Truly, and
doubtless the clock of human history is wound down to very near the
stopping point. Jesus is coming again! Judgment is coming! A new
world order of Heaven’s rule is coming! Life is fleeting! The
window of change narrows to a tiny crack! This is not just good
preaching, it is God ordained, Biblically established fact about to
happen, just as doom came upon an un-repentant people of Judah so
The summer is gone, and fall races toward us. How
easily that is seen. But the same is true of life. So many have
passed the summer and are already into the late fall of life, and
they are not saved. God help us to not grow cold and hardened as the
ancient people of Judah, but to be as the prophet who though not
seeing a spirit of repentance in his people continued to cry out and
to warn of imminent judgment. People are precious. They are made in
the image of Almighty God, and there is a heaven to gain and a hell
to shun! In this late summer of life, are you saved, is your hope in
your works or in the grace of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Christ
Preached the first Baptist sermon in Oregon
1851 – Dr. Rueben Hill, on Christmas day, organized a Baptist church in Corvallis, Oregon, making Corvallis his major point of service for the next sixteen years. Dr. Hill had come there from Albany, Oregon where he preached the first Baptist sermon ever preached in the state. He planted churches, and served for twelve years as moderator for the Central Baptist Association. He also drew up the charter for the McMinnville College. In 1870 he was made the financial agent of the college and his salary provided scholarships for impoverished Baptist preachers. He also served in the Oregon territorial legislature for two terms. Rev. Rueben Coleman Hill, M.D. was born of humble beginnings in Kentucky on March 27, 1808. He disciplined himself to obtain a good education by his own efforts. When twenty-five, he married Miss Margaret Lair. Dr. Hill received Christ and was baptized into the Knob Creek Baptist Church in Maury County, TN. He served as a deacon and at thirty-six was licensed by the church to preach. In 1846 after evidence of God’s blessings upon his ministry he was ordained as a gospel preacher. From there he founded a rapidly growing Baptist church in Keetsville, MO. Great revivals were held in Springfield and in Arkansas. The gold rush broke out in California and the Hills joined a caravan heading west. He preached every Lord’s Day and witnessed incessantly on the way. When they arrived at Mud Springs, CA, gospel services were begun in the shade of a large tree. When the diggings dried up the town dried up too. From there the Hills moved on to Oregon. Dr. Hill died on Dec. 31, 1890.
[This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: 2000 A.D. pp. 705-06. C. H. Mattoon, Baptist Annals of Oregon (McMinnville, Oreg.: Telephone Register Publishing Co., 1905), 1:82.]
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166 — June 15 – This Day in Baptist History Past
He Pursued Law Then Preached Jesus Christ
Edward Miles Jerome was born on June 15, 1826 and graduated from Yale in 1850. While at Yale, Edward Jerome was not a student in the Divinity School, rather he pursued, and graduated with a law degree. After a few years, Jerome became persuaded that Baptist principles and doctrine were biblical. Though not a divinity student, his legal mind was enlightened by the Holy Spirit. He became a Baptist, was baptized, and united with the First Baptist Church of Hartford, Connecticut. It was there that he began his theological studies and was licensed by that church to teach and preach the Scriptures. He was ordained in 1859 as an evangelist in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and began his ministry preaching and supplying pulpits. He soon settled into a pastorate and served in this office for several years until he suffered an infection in his throat that disabled him. He attempted preaching afterwards, but failing health would not permit him to continue. Fortunately, he had developed excellent writing skills and was able to use these when he lost his ability to preach. Edward Jerome’s preaching and writing were doctrinally clear and were presented in an evangelical, earnest, and effective manner. He entered into the presence of his Lord on June 8, 1891 at sixty-five years of age.
Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I. (Thompson/Cummins) pp. 246-247.