One vital part of battling the “strange fire” (i.e., ideas contrary to the Bible) within Baptist circles is for Baptists to become more aware of our history, that we may emulate the good and avoid the bad from those who have gone before us.
On August 25-26 The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies held a conference on “The English Baptists of the 17th Century.” The Andrew Fuller Center has made the audio for this conference available HERE. I have greatly enjoyed the presentations I’ve listened to so far (though I found Dr. Malcolm Yarnell’s evaluation of the relationship of early English Baptist Christopher Blackwood to the doctrines of Calvinism to be confused, at best). For Baptists today, I see great lessons to be learned (to give one example) in the ecclesiology of John Spilsbury and warnings to be taken from areas such as the eschatology of Hanserd Knollys, who speculated at the date of the onset of the millenium, according to his post-millenial understanding of Revelation.
I encourage everyone reading this post to listen carefully to the conference presentations found in the link above.