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Jeremiah Burroughs

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The English Puritan preacher, minister and writer, Jeremiah Burroughs, was born in Essex, England in 1599. He graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge despite the rising persecution against Puritans. After serving in several rural church communities, he became a rector in Tivetshall, Norfolk, but in 1636 was suspended and deprived of his living. This was due to non-conformity to the Church of England. The Laudian persecution became so great that he had to flee to Rotterdam, Netherlands. For several years he taught at an English church in Rotterdam. But in 1641 he returned from exile to a very different religious climate. By providence he became a preacher to the prominent Stepney and Cripplegate churches in London, drawing in crowds of thousands. He maintained a demeanor of humility and contentment throughout his ministry and desired to be faithful to God wherever he was called to serve. He was part of the Westminster Assembly of divines, advocating local congregational control. But he prematurely died from complications resulting from a horse accident in 1646. His influence continued because his sermons and works were published and continue to be published posthumously.
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