Brethren Archive

Thursday January 12, 2012

Welcome to my Website

Well this is my new webiste; it started as a project six months ago, was put on hold for quite a while, and recently I had time to take it up again.  It is no where yet finished at the present time, but I feel if I don't get it going then I never will.  It's purpose is essentially two-fold; Firstly, to put up on the 'blog', things I am reading which I would like to share with others, as well as maintaining a smallish collection of articles which I myself have profited from.  Secondly, I intend to make available the large collection of 'brethren' historical material (letters, manuscripts, tracts, etc) that I possess.  Hopefully over time, both these sides will develop, but for now, please enjoy, and send me any comments you might have!

On the techical side, this site has been developed in Umbraco, which is an open source ASP.Net based CMS.  I spent a lot of time looking at various CMS options, and I love the concept behind Umbraco, however I can't deny that continually thinking I wish I had just done it in WordPress, as would have saved a lot of time!

 

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Comments:
Gordon Rainbow said ...
I would be interested to know why, under 'Brethren Archive' you restrict viewing by saying "Most of the items here listed require you to have created an account to view the actual item".
http://www.mybrethren.org
Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 : 14:02
Tom said ...
Dear Gordon,
Thank you for your message .. to answer your question, there are a few reasons I had in mind.

1) Some of the material, for example that which is contesting error and put forward publicly and that I believe is thus useful to anyone, I would seek to make freely available without restrictions, and other material which could be of help or interest in regards to the principles I believe in. Other parts of the material though don't fall into that category and would only be of genuine interest to a smaller group of people, or those connected with the fellowship. I would still make the material available to anyone who was interested , but I don't want it just there and indexed by google etc. As you would no doubt appreciate, these are about serious matters concerning the Lord's things, so I don't want them available anonymously. I know you have made similar comments about the material in the history / memorabilia section on your own website, so I trust you would sympathise.

2) Parts of the collection, particularly the manuscript material, I acquired at considerable expense, so I would prefer if it is not just possible for anyone to download the images.

3) I am keen to know those who have a similar interest in such material as I do, and thus making it that someone has to 'introduce' themselves first helps achieve this end, otherwise there would be no means of contact between myself and my audience.

Hope that makes sense, the process to create an account only takes about a second, and Im not asking for anyones address more than a city. After that there is a small contact form asking people to introduce themselves but that is all.

Yours,

Tom
Sunday, Mar 4, 2012 : 23:08
Iain Martin said ...
Tom,

Thanks for the effort with the site, for sharing your resources, and making the access to the material so easy.

Iain
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 : 23:38
Rev. Colin Paterson said ...
I saw a church in Bracknell named Gospell Hall, I decided to spend my sunday morning there to spend time with the Lord, on entering, a young man immediately jumped up and guided me out of the room, he informed me they were having the bread and wine that morning, he then informed me I would have to abstain as they did not know me? I informed him I was an ordained Minister and Missionary and I am subject only to the Holy Spirit and my conscience whether I take of or abstain, he then tried to school me what the bread and wine sacraments meant, I asked him if he was an Elder he said no! I asked to talk to one.
On coming out I explained what the young man had said, the elder then informed me. "He is not a young man but a man schooled in the word??? He then informed me the young man who was about 20 - 24 years old was an Elder, I told him one of them was lying as he informed me he was not. The Elder said "He is an Elder in my eyes"! A liar! Even after informing them I was a Minister their behaviour was disgraceful, I also informed them I was the Fire Service Chaplain to no avail.
A church does not belong to anyone but for the Glory of the Lord, the spirit of control and manipulation, legalistic mentalities are exactly what cause divition in the body of Christ, I asked their denomination they said they were private or free Church another Lie! I investigated and found they were Bretheren. Bretheren of what I ask you? The Minister I asked regarding their denomination said he had met a couple of others who were rebuked when needing help, how many more has there been? perhaps not dressed sufficiently well enough for such a blessed elite gathering?
My Lord welcomed all and excluded none, your theology needs a good look over and if you unfortunately think your some elite, I pray you get together and measure up to reality, when we stand before Him. Think of the the moment He says. "Get behind me, I knew you not".
In this very obvious end times we as Christians are commissioned to gather in the harvest, with such behaviour when was the last salvation in that church or indeed any of your churches?
1 Corinthians 13 v 1-13
Monday, Feb 27, 2012 : 20:52
Tom said ...
Hi,
Thank you for your message! These days sadly, there are many groups of 'brethren', and am sorry to hear about the negative experience you have had, and though I don't know this 'meeting' at Bracknell personally, nor is it in the fellowship of meetings with which I associate, I can say it does seem somewhat strange. Id is hard to know whether it is an 'open' or extreme 'exclusive' meeting from your description, but as you say it was marked a 'gospel hall', it would seem to indicate the former but that makes it even harder to understand as they are usually very friendly and welcoming to visitors. Though, it is generally the case that 'brethren' would not let anyone turn up and take communion without having some knowledge of them first. I think that is Scriptural and beneficial to all, as we want to be sure any one that breaks bread is firstly a believer, and then walking free from moral or doctrinal sin which would exclude them from communion (1 Corinthians 5). That is not with the aim of excluding anyone, but with the aim of maintaining the holiness of the 'House of God'. Usually though a visitor would have this explained and made welcome to sit in the meeting though not to partake of the emblems. The very nature of the Lord's Supper in the 'one loaf', is a manifestation of the unity of the Church - the Body of Christ - even if outwardly in this day it be scattered and divided.
Would be interested to know where abouts this meeting was if you had the time to write back?
Yours in Christ,
Tom
Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 : 20:51
Dominique said ...
Bonjour Monsieur,
Please, I would like to create an account and register but I don't know how to proceed, since I am concerned with none of the button you propose. I tried by google and it says it doesn't work any more.
Please excuse my poor English, I am French. But I read current English, that's why I wish I had access to your archive. I'd rather read texts in the original, as often as possible. I attend a brethren church overhere in France.
Thank your in advance
Dominique
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 : 09:11
Tom said ...
Hi Dominique .. yep the Google login is broke at the moment sadly. Drop me an email to admin@brethrenarchive.org and I will create an account for you.
Tom
Friday, Jun 5, 2015 : 12:21
Kyle Yoakum said ...
Thank you for providing amazing old "Brethren" material. I know this is a labor of love. I am unable to log in to explore members only material. Can you send me an invitation? Facebook and Google logs in haven't worked. Grace,
Kyle Yoakum
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 : 15:39
Tom said ...
Hi Kyle, should work now, see email.
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 : 16:57
Joice Sam said ...
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I Thank the Lord for your labour of love to put forth such a resource for the edification of the saints.
I am in fellowship with the saints in a local gathering in a small city, North Richland Hills Texas. As I desire to learn more about our Lord and His work and the saints in His service please provide me with access to the site or help me register to create an account.
In Christ
Joice Sam


Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 : 12:06
Tom said ...
Hi Joice, I have sent you an email. Tom
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 : 09:45
Lance said ...
Hullo Tom
Has there been no entries since the 22nd or am I not linked in?
regards
lance
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 : 19:44
Tom said ...
Hi Lance, yeah it's a bit quiet at the moment .. the brother who had mainly been helping me with the transcripting has work busy-ness at the moment so that stuff is on hold for now. Also I tend to have more time to work on the website in the colder weather :-)
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 : 20:16
Lance said ...
Thanks Tom
Just a question which maybe you or Mr Stunt could correct me on
If JND resigned from the church in Sept 1827, he was still serving as a curate in Dec1827 when he had the accident - was there a period of 'notice' to serve out?

But then when was the first Breaking of bread - I have read all the references and conclude the Winter of 1827 ( Say December) i.e the same month as the accident?
Is that possible?

Others give Feb 1828 which seems more likely

Can you comment please
Lance
Friday, May 13, 2016 : 09:30
Lance said ...
Hullo
Just another question
When JND 'resigned his curacy' - does that mean that he ceased to be an Anglican priest, or could was he still the Rev John Darby?
Lance
Friday, May 13, 2016 : 09:55
Timothy Stunt said ...
Lance's question about Darby is straightforward. His accident in c. December 1827 prevented him continuing with any parish work in Calary (part of the parish of Delgany). There is nothing to suggest that he resumed work in that parish after his accident but he hadn't resigned from the established church. He continued to serve in parishes where he was invited but he was effectively a freelance missioner with no parochial responsibilities. (He was preaching in Anglican churches as late as December 1830 and probably later...) In the Powerscourt notebooks for 1831 that Tom has been transcribing for us, he is referred to as 'Rev'd. J. Derby'
The question about the date of what you call 'the first Breaking of bread' is far more complex and I hesitate to express an opinion as it is difficult to reconcile the later accounts of Cronin, Bellett, Parnell and Darby, all of which, in any case, are short on precise dates.
Timothy Stunt
Friday, May 13, 2016 : 21:26
Dave said ...
Hi,

I'm looking for biographical information on Robert Dougall Johnston. Also known as Robert D. Johnston or R. D. Johnston. Author of Arithmetic in Heaven, Resurrection: Myth and Miracle, The Man Who Moved Multitudes, The Solace of the Shadowland and Sound Speech. A book I have says he was a Bible teacher among Brethren assemblies in Britain. I also think he was Scottish.

Sincerely,

Dave Kinsella
Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 : 19:50
Tom said ...
Sorry Dave, he isn't someone I am familiar with.
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 : 16:00


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