By TylerR Jun 20 2017 particular baptistsBaptist HistoryMichael Haykin: In the seventeenth century one of the most spiritually alive denominations in the British Isles were the Particular or Calvinistic Baptists 1626 reads There are 3 Comments Notice Bert Perry - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:06am ....that the rise of the Particular Baptists was when they were basically house churches. I dare suggest that in the coming years, we ought to borrow that page, and presumably others, from their playbook. Aspiring to be a stick in the mud. Church Bldgs TylerR - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:58pm At the church where I pastored, the best thing for the remaining congregation would be to blow the building up, and start a new church with whoever is willing to meet in somebody's living room. They worship that building, like a pagan shrine. It should be destroyed. My wife has already volunteered to push the button to set off the explosives, if they decide to go that route. Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist? If it weren't for lead paint and asbestos.... Bert Perry - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:36pm ...we could bring marshmallows and hot dogs, no? Tyler will be appalled with me when he learns (now) that I may have prevented an old, idolized church from burning by pointing out to the head deacon that the collected VBS decorations of the past 20 years were a clear fire hazard. :^) (in my defense, it was mostly masonry and reinforced concrete and a lot of it would have survived....) Seriously, I dare suggest that as our culture degrades--if this is indeed going towards times of trouble where the church will be persecuted--then we really, really, really ought to consider more house churches and such. We can simply hide it by noting we're going to borrow some eggs or a cup of sugar. Like Joe B., we need to get acquainted with people who come from more persecuted areas of the world like China, Cuba, Vietnam, and the like. Learn a bit from them. I remember talking with Benny Costea, a pastor from Romania, about how the church seemed to thrive more under the Warsaw Pact there than it does today. We can make it work. Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.