This blog is about the story of my family here in America. We arrived in the 1630s as Puritans, and became the common folk of the New World.

Come-as-you-are Christianity

My family, the Puritans, would have approved of the non-denominational churches that have become very popular lately. And that's because, in spite of popular misconceptions about the Puritans, they were plain folks.

The Puritans wanted to hear the Word of God, not the word of priests. Their churches were gatherings of equals, and that included the minister. He was no better, or worse, than anyone else in the church. He simply spoke the Word of God.

Looking back to the 17th century, you may think that their Bible was written in a *flowery* way, with *thees* and *thous*, but it was just good, plain, English then. It had been translated in a straight-forward, no-nonsense way to allow Christians who didn't understand Latin to understand the Word of God.

If you're curious about what a Puritan church would have looked like, and felt like, visit your local non-denominational church. There you will find people dressed as they always dress, treating each other as fellow believers, in a plain, ordinary, building. You will see no elaborate ceremony, you will hear a joyful noise of people who are not professional singers, or musicians. You will hear the minister speak in a plain way, with ordinary words as used every day.

So, if you've ever wondered whatever happened to the Puritans, don't worry, they're alive and well, as common folk.
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