Controversy over “Immersion”

From the earliest days of the British and Foreign Bible Society (founded in 1804) and the American Bible Society (founded in 1816), Baptists supported and encouraged the translation of the Bible into numerous languages. A conflict eventually developed which caused the Baptists to withdraw from fellowship with these interdenominational Bible Societies. In the 1830’s the […]

Burma Sees More Freedom

Myanmar, better known to many as Burma, closed its borders to much of the world after a military coup in 1962. There were numerous Baptists in Burma at that time, and they were reflective of American, and to a lesser degree, English Baptists – fundamentalist Baptists and liberal Baptists. That distinction continued until the government […]

Judson and American Baptist Missions

When Adoniram Judson left America as its first foreign missionary, only the Congregationalists were supporting missionaries. Adoniram and Ann Judson were not the only missionaries sent out by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Accompanying the Judsons were Samuel and Harriett Newell and Luther Rice. The Judsons were not the only ones in […]

Adoniram Judson and Baptism

Adoniram and Ann Judson along with the Newells sailed from Salem, Massachusetts, on the 19th of February, 1812. Judson spent part of the journey in a study of the question of infant baptism. He understood the baptism of new converts to be the plain command of Scripture. “But how,” thought he, “am I to treat […]

America’s First Missionary Sacrifices

 Sitting in a small cabin on board the ship Caravan were six young people. Two were the well known Ann and Adoniram Judson. Two were young men on board only to say goodbye to the others. The last two were Harriett and Samuel Newell. The former Harriett Atwood was the youngest of the group. Her […]

Adoniram Judson’s Marriage

On June 25, 1832, more than twenty years after embarking upon the missionary task in Burma, Adoniram Judson responded to a letter from the Foreign Missionary Association of the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution, N. Y.  The questions initially asked related to the necessary character and preparation needed for missionary service. Judson provided ten short, instructional statements […]

Adoniram Judson’s Conversion

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the American Missionary enterprise. Adoniram Judson, at first a Congregationalist, but then a Baptist, rallied Americans to support foreign missions and helped establish the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Supporting missions was not enough for Judson. He became one of America’s first missionaries. Judson was […]