The Wanderer

"As I walked through the wilderness of this world . . ."

The Wanderer

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My name is Jeremy Walker. By God’s grace, I am a Christian, and a preacher of the gospel, and a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, West Sussex, UK. I am married to Alissa, and we have two sons, Caleb and William. My interests and concerns will, I hope, become apparent in the development of this blog. I hope that my efforts will have something of the character of Charles Spurgeon‘s The Sword and the Trowel, being a record of combat with sin and labour for the Lord.

The title of this blog and its tagline are derived from two primary sources.

One main source is The Wanderer (or here), an Old English poem that I genuinely enjoy and on which I wrote an essay while studying at university, which explains something of its relevance. This wanderer is called an eardstapa (‘earthstepper,’ if you like), and this is why my blog address is http://www.eardstapa.wordpress.com/.

Another source is the writings of John Bunyan. The current tagline is the opening line of The Pilgrim’s Progress – “As I walked through the wilderness of this world . . .”, but Bunyan’s other great allegory, The Holy War, begins with a similar notion: “In my travels, as I walked through many regions and countries, it was my chance to happen into that famous continent of Universe.” These two books had a profound effect on me in my early years, and capture something of the idea of an interested pilgrimage.

In addition, the notion of being an outcast and a stranger (echoing that Old English poem again) is a Biblical one. Speaking of the faithful, the writer to the Hebrews describes those who “had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us” (Heb 11.37-40). Again, there is that seminal text in Psalm 119: “I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide your commandments from me” (v19). This is good company to be in.

My only concern is that the name can sound vague and indefinite. Wanderers are not necessarily going anywhere, but Christians are pilgrims – travellers with a definite destination. However, I wander through various media, seeking to observe things of use and interest, scavenging as I go, and so it does not seem too out of order.

Being a Walker myself, these various themes seemed to chime nicely, and so I went for it.

peregrine-falconThis blog, then, is a record of my travels, combats and labours as I walk through many regions and countries in the wilderness of this world as a pilgrim and stranger. I hope it will prove a help and encouragement to fellow travellers on our way to the heavenly Jerusalem.

If you are interested in walking along with the Wanderer, please consider subscribing.

To get in touch, email <contact[at]mabach[dot]org>.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 23 April 2008 at 09:24

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  1. Hi Jeremy,

    Didn’t know you were a blogger, been dabbling in that pool for a while now myself.

    Paul

    JP

    Wednesday 4 June 2008 at 18:23

  2. Hello Jeremy,
    I had a wonderful visit with your dad here in NY, (I am a friend of Pastor George McDearmon). I learned much about the present condition of the cause of Christ in the UK; enjoyed it very much. I hope the Lord grants you much wisdom in these days.

    Pastor Dave Bissett

    Tuesday 21 October 2008 at 03:29

    • Jeremy, I notice we have a mutual friend in Dave. I owe him much.

      Moe Bergeron

      Saturday 29 May 2010 at 00:53

  3. Hello, Jeremy,

    I found your blog when googling suggestions for dealing with brambles, having spent a good few hours battling with them and pondering the parallels with dealing with sin myself.

    Blessings

    cindy honaker

    Saturday 28 February 2009 at 16:22

  4. Hello!

    As a fellow believer in Christ (by the grace of God), I simply want to encourage you to allow God to strengthen you in all areas as the Church faces the trials of this modern age. Keep pressing on! Do not lose hope–Christ is the victor over all things, and He is returning.

    1 Peter 1:1-9

    Hannah

    Wednesday 25 March 2009 at 21:38

  5. Jeremy – just wanted to let you know I stumbled across your name/sermons on Colossians in Sermonaudio.
    I have been so blessed and helped by them. Thank you
    for your ministry of the Word – it has fed my soul.
    May God bless you!

    Pastor Kevin Landis

    Friday 8 May 2009 at 02:58

  6. Jeremy,

    I happened upon your blog while searching for a picture of a crown of thorns, and ended up spending some time enjoying the glow of it. I appreciate men like Bunyan, and Spurgeon, and also “modern Puritans” such as Iain Murray and the “Banner of Truth” brethren. It seems to me (from my limited perspective) that there is more of an effort to maintain Biblical balance in the Puritan-inspired Calvinism of England and Scotland. Thanks for the edification.

    Grace & peace,
    Derek Ashton

    theoparadox

    Monday 22 June 2009 at 14:15

    • Thank you, my friend. You make an interesting comment about the “Puritan-inspired Calvinism” of the British Isles. I do think some of the emphases that come out of a Calvinism developed through the Puritan tradition point in directions that are not always appreciated or highlighted in some expressions of Calvinism today. I am glad that your soul was warmed in visiting the blog. I appreciate your leaving an encouraging comment.

      Jeremy Walker

      Monday 22 June 2009 at 21:00

  7. Dear Brother,
    I have been a believer in the doctrines of grace since around 1978. I have also pastored churches for some 20 years, though my message of grace was rarely appreciated among those who I was associated with. I have stumbled across your website, and hope to review more in time.
    I have been told that Brantleys came from England to the new world, possible as far back as the 16 hundreds. Just wonder if you know of many in your area. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    tim m. brantley

    Saturday 12 September 2009 at 08:38

    • Hello, friend. Good to hear from you and thank you for your note. I am afraid that I know of no Brantleys in Crawley. Of course, that does not mean that they are not there. God bless.

      Jeremy Walker

      Monday 14 September 2009 at 14:44

  8. Enjoyed your blog, and your theme/title description- have thought of pilgrimage as a unifying metaphor in my own life and ministry for some time. We named our 3rd son “Pilgrim.”

    The pastoral charge was helpful too, as I’m being ordained next month. At the fresh age of 56.

    Thanks again.

    http://thedaysman.com

    http://ordinationpapers.wordpress.com

    wally metts

    Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 03:33

  9. Have a look at Mount Zion Chapel Library in the U.S. (google it) It is a wonderful source of Reformed/Banner/Puritans solid teachings along the lines of what your blog lists reflect. I think you will enjoy it and all its stuff is free.

    Jamie O'Connor

    Tuesday 13 October 2009 at 20:08

    • Thank you, Jamie. I know Jeff Pollard a little, and think that much of the material coming out of Mount Zion Chapel Library is excellent. I would encourage readers of this blog to become subscribers.

      Jeremy Walker

      Thursday 15 October 2009 at 09:50

  10. Dear Jeremy Walker

    I have recently finished writing a book of Haiku poetry and I would like to request permission to use one of the Artworks found at your blog to illustrate my book.

    The picture is called: Crown-of-thorns and it can be found at:

    http://eardstapa.wordpress.com/2008/08/

    If you grant my request, I would be very grateful and more than happy in crediting the image source.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    yours faithfully,

    Eclecticus

    Eclecticus

    Friday 12 February 2010 at 19:46

    • Hello, Eclecticus –

      As I have pointed out to one or two friends who have come with similar requests. When I am looking for a picture, I often just search what I think may be appropriate key words and grab the first decent thing I find and post it. As such, I am in no position either to grant permission nor to deny it, as it is not mine to give or withhold. I don’t usually keep a record of where I find such things, so I cannot point you back to the source.

      If you search the same title in other places, you may find the same thing or similar, and be able to track someone down who might be able to help you more.

      Thank you.

      Jeremy Walker

      Friday 12 February 2010 at 20:11

      • Thank you for replying to my message. It was very helpful.

        Eclecticus

        Friday 12 February 2010 at 21:18

  11. Brother Jeremy, thank you for your revision in part of Thomas Watson’s, Heaven taken by Storm, which was referenced in “Reformation and Revival, A Quarterly Journal for Church Leadership,” by Joel Beeke. I look forward to future visits to your blogsite, as certainly it is a wellspring of sermons and writings of many faithful men the Lord has gracioiusly given His Church. Too often we in America hear of the decline of Christ’s Church on the European continent, so might I ask for you to share any good news by which we might be encouraged and any difficulties by which we may raise you in prayer.

    elainehmiller

    Wednesday 18 January 2012 at 17:48

  12. […] Jeremy Walker’s recent book, The New Calvinism Considered: A Personal and Pastoral Assessment isn’t a […]


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