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The Life of John Bunyan

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The sixty years of John Bunyan’s life were among the most turbulent and troubled years of English history. Born in November 1628, Bunyan lived through the English Civil War and the execution of Charles I, the Commonwealth of Oliver Cromwell, and the Restoration of 1660. He died in 1688, just before the abdication of James II, the arrival of the reign  of William and Mary, and the Toleration Act of 1689.
John Bunyan was born in the small village of Elstow, just south of Bedford on the London road, in south-central England.1 His father was a poor tinker, making and mending pots and pans. John learned his father’s trade, helping him in the workshop and going with him as he pushed a small wooden cart around the countryside to peddle wares and services. John went to school for a short time, long enough, at least, to learn to read and write. The Civil War erupted in England during the summer of 1642. About the time of his sixteenth birthday, John Bunyan enlisted in the Parliamentary Army. . .

David B. Calhoun

David B. Calhoun, (1937-2021) was Professor Emeritus of Church History at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  A minister of the Presbyterian Church in America, he has taught at Covenant College, Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University), and Jamaica Bible College (where he was also principal).  Calhoun has served with Ministries in Action in the West Indies and in Europe and as dean of the Iona Centres for Theological Study.  He was a board member (and for some years president) of Presbyterian Mission International, a mission board that assists nationals who are Covenant Seminary graduates to return to their homelands for ministry.


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