Thomas Hooker and Thomas Shepard

We spent Wednesday on our PRTS tour exploring the rich history and heritage of Boston and its surroundings, beginning at First Church in nearby Cambridge, where I gave an address on its first pastor, Thomas Hooker, who in turn was succeeded by Thomas Shepard—two of New England’s most well-known and fruitful Puritan ministers. Afterward we sang the five stanzas of Amazing Grace in this sanctuary with its amazing acoustics, and then met a young lady who was a direct descendant of Thomas Hooker, with whom we had a fascinating conversation. From there we went to Harvard University where we took a group photograph in front of the famous statue of John Harvard, who was connected with the beginnings of Harvard Divinity School. After a tour, Dr. Tom Berdeja, Dr. Terry Chrisope, and I managed to gain access into the Harvard Library, which contains some ten million books. Regrettably, our time was limited. 

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