Puritan Preaching in England: A Study of Past and Present (Google eBook)

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C. Scribner's sons, 1900 - Preaching - 290 pages
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In the hope that we may gain something of practical guidance and spiritual stimulus as preachers, I will ask you to go back with me into the past. And while the requirements of time and space will necessitate that we keep to one definite line, that of Puritan preaching and preachers, I will take leave to give a somewhat wide latitude to the term "Puritan" as meaning thereby those preachers who have laid more stress upon scripture than upon ecclesiastical institutions. - p. 9.

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Page 135 - Christian saw the picture of a very grave person hang up against the wall; and this was the fashion of it; it had eyes lifted up to Heaven, the best of Books in his hand, the Law of Truth was written upon his lips, the World was behind his back ; it stood as if it pleaded with Men, and a Crown of gold did hang over its head.
Page 107 - But if any man buildeth on the foundation gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, stubble; each man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself shall prove each man's work of what sort it is.
Page 179 - But I hold not my life of any account, as dear unto myself, so that I may accomplish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Page 159 - I have counted as if I had goodly buildings and lordships in those places where my children were born ; my heart hath been so wrapped up in the glory of this excellent work, that I counted myself more blessed and honoured of God by this, than if he had made me the emperor of the Christian world, or the lord of all the glory of the earth, without it...
Page 182 - If, in the paths of the world, Stones might have wounded thy feet, Toil or dejection have tried Thy spirit, of that we saw Nothing - to us thou wast still Cheerful, and helpful, and firm! Therefore to thee it was given Many to save with thyself; And, at the end of thy day, O faithful shepherd! to come, Bringing thy sheep in thy hand.
Page 176 - And this was the dialect which pierced the conscience and made the hearers cry out, Men and brethren, what shall we do ? It tickled not the ear, but it sunk into the heart, and when men came from such sermons they never commended the preacher for his taking voice or gesture; for the fineness of such a simile or the quaintness of such a sentence; but they spoke like men conquered with the overpowering force and evidence of the most concerning truths, much in the words of the two disciples going to...
Page 49 - And now I would ask a strange question: who is the most diligentest bishop and prelate in all England, that passeth all the rest in doing his office ? I can tell, for I know him who it is, I know him well. But now I think I see you listening and hearkening, that I should name him. There is one that passeth all the other, and is the most diligent prelate and preacher in all England.
Page 50 - ... ye shall never find him idle I warrant you. And his office is to hinder religion, to maintain superstition, to set up idolatry, to teach all kind of popery.
Page 176 - This was the way of the Apostle's discoursing of things sacred. Nothing here ' of the fringes of the north star;' nothing 'of nature's becoming unnatural;' nothing of the ' down of angels' wings, or the beautiful locks of cherubims;' no starched similitudes introduced with a ' Thus have I seen a cloud rolling in its airy mansion,
Page 154 - For I have been in my preaching, especially when I have been engaged in the doctrine of life by Christ, without works, as if an angel of God had stood by at my back to encourage me.

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