This is the first critical study of the writings of the English Particular Baptist Benjamin Beddome (1718–1795), whose evangelical ministry stretched over the last half of the eighteenth century. Best known in the years following his death as a capable hymn writer, he was also a significant doctrinal preacher. John Newton, who had heard such preachers as John Wesley and George Whitefield, considered Beddome one of the finest preachers of his day. The articles in this critical study examine his sermons to delineate Beddome’s view of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, as well as his position on the free offer of the gospel, a central issue among the Particular Baptists of his day. His important contribution to Christian hymnody is also detailed. A must-read for those interested in eighteenth-century evangelical thought.
“Benjamin Beddome was a hymn writer, preacher, Catechist, and leader of Calvinistic Baptists who lived from 1718 to 1795 in England. Michael Haykin, Roy Paul, and Jeongmo Yoo have produced a splendid work in bringing what is mostly forgotten in Beddome’s life and thought to light. This volume is a collection of scholarly yet accessible essays that not only makes a significant contribution to Baptist Historiography, but enriches the reader’s spiritual growth.”
—Chris Chun, Director of Jonathan Edwards Center and Professor of Church History at Gateway Seminary near Los Angeles
“In God’s celestial city, there are many stars that illuminate our night but receive little attention. Benjamin Beddome is one such luminary. May these studies of this godly man’s life and doctrine be used of God to fulfill Beddome’s prayer: ‘O grant us grace, Almighty Lord, to read and mark thy holy Word; its truth with meekness to receive, and by his holy precepts live.’”
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Benjamin Beddome (1718-1795) has been ignored for too long by church historians. A Particular Baptist pastor and hymn writer whose ministry spanned some very crucial years in the church history of England, he was an important evangelical and Trinitarian thinker in an age when both positions proved highly controversial. Many thanks to Michael Haykin and his crackerjack team of first-rate Baptist historians for this marvelous collection of bicentennial essays.”
—Douglas A. Sweeney, Dean of Beeson Divinity School
Michael A. G. Haykin is chair and professor of church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
Roy M. Paul is executive research assistant at the Canadian office of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.
Jeongmo Yoo is assistant professor of church history at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, Korea.