Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Friday, July 4, 2014

4 July 1812 A.D. John Jasper Born—Black Slave Turned Clergyman

4 July 1812 A.D.  John Jasper Born—Black Slave Turned Clergyman

John Jasper (1812 to 1901)


Impressive without science or philosophy.

John Jasper was born a slave on a plantation in Williamsburg Virginia. His mother, Nina, lived in the big house with white people and was forced into Southern culture and manners. His father was a well-known slave preacher. As a slave, he had to work long hard hours. At age 2, he was married to Elvy Weaden, another slave, but they were separated the next day. In 1831, John heard the clear gospel message in the Capitol Square in Richmond, was deeply convicted of his sinful life, and 25 days later openly confessed his faith in Christ and united with a church. He learned to read six months later. Then he began to preach--with eloquence! Not only was his congregation filled with his own black people, but whites as well, some rich, some poor, but all hungry to hear the word of the Lord. When he died, having preached sixty-three years, the Richmond Dispatch said of him, "His implicit trust in the Bible and everything in it, was beautiful and impressive...He had no other science, no other philosophy..."

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