A 17th Century Missing Church Member

Somethings never change: I just came across the Latin phrase “non est inuentus” beside a name of a Brother Williams in the Wapping church roll from the 17th century. It is common to see the words “withdrawn from” or “deceased” in the margin, but this Latin phrase got my attention. It means “He has not been found.” We still have a lot of those today! Who says history can’t be fun?


  1. Greetings Pastor Steve, from Wales, UK. I’m not a Baptist but the first church I spoke in overseas as a missionary, was a Baptist church. The experience enlarged my heart and opened my mind to see that the Baptist folks really do have some incredible teachers… Looks like you are one of them, and I sincerely look forward to reading more of your blog.

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