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Puritan Preaching - by Michael Phillips
The Puritan View of Life - Part 6 of 14
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2 Timothy 4:2
Jan 20, 2002 pm - Preaching This is the third Sunday afternoon of the month, and so, with the Lord's blessing, we'll continue our study of the Puritan view of life. The book we're using to guide us is Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were. The author is Leland Ryken, a professor of English at Wheaton College. The book was published in 1986. Thus far, we've looked at the Puritan view of work and money, sex, marriage, and the discipline of children. Now we'll see what they have to say about Preaching. On this topic, the Puritans spoke with an authority no one can match today. 300 years after most of them died, Puritan sermons are still in print and are being read all over the world. For the most part, the people reading them are not scholars doing research in English history, but ordinary believers who find something in their sermons they can't find anywhere else. What we find is a rare combination of substance and passion. Like John the Baptist, the Puritan preacher was "A burning and shining light". Emitting both light and heat. When comparing himself to the Puritan preachers, Spurgeon called himself a pygmy! Well, if he was a pygmy, I wonder what I am? THE IMPORTANCE Puritanism ... More >>>

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