Christmas, 2007 at 9:20 PM Bill MacDonald went home to the Lord. He left behind him a legacy of Prison Ministry courses, dozens of devotional books, a single volume commentary, and a group of simultaneously happy and saddened believers. He lived a long rich live of dedicated service and his testimony will live on.
For over 150 years those known as “Plymouth Brethren” were renown for their command of the Scriptures. This movement exerted great influence over their generation, and their impact continues to be felt in the church. They were held in high esteem by leaders of many denominations. A. T. Pierson, a Baptist minister and author, wrote concerning the spiritual stature of the brethren, “and in those days there were giants in the land.” He was referring to men such as John Nelson Darby, C. H. Macintosh, William Kelly and others. The spiritual power of the early brethren was unmistakable. The movement bore the marks of a mighty work of God. Powerful Bible teaching by deeply spiritual men, earnest prayer, and evangelistic zeal characterized this movement. God’s hand of blessing was evident. One writer reported that by the year 1878, 50 years after the first assembly was established, there were 1,388 gatherings of believers in 29 different lands. (1)
Many have speculated as to the reasons behind this remarkable spiritual growth.
The first post on this blog occurred May 2002. At that point the site used the nuke portal to operate it, was not crawlable by google, featured mostly articles posted by other people and mostly fan address book for my church. Due to a fatal crash, I lost a year of that content before the public reboot in 2003.
Eventually, I wanted the site to be a repository of Bible Tools. I thought that I could collect the writings of the modern day Plymouth Brethren as an online source that could be accessed by a new generation of Plymouth Brethren. For a while, being the only Plymouth brethren blog that I could find I thought it would be good to split off and do something more personalized.
Around that time plenty of other sites started to come out so I decided to split the Bible Archive into two focuses: one an online magazine and the other a personal blog. I tried to maintain both of those things in the same address but it proved too confusing for readers.
Now, the Archive is primarily a blog and the E-Zine section is comprised of collection of blog posts for specific issues. The rest of the site is primarily my own studies (and error—heh) .
Enjoy your stay.