John Bunyan’s classic allegory, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ is available as a free download for this month only. Use the code JUN2008.
For the past few weeks I’ve been making my way through J. I. Packers lectures on the English Puritans, and I have to tell you, it’s been a real treat. This is one of those series you will want to go through a second time and take notes. I can’t begin to scratch the surface of all the good material. Much here on ministry philosophy, worship, pastoral concerns. Some very fascinating biographical material on lesser known Puritans. A great deal on Baxter and Owen.
Some highlights from one of the first messages that looked at many more contemporary giants who were greatly affected by the Puritans. Packer looks at sermonic structures of the Puritans and more recent contemporaies such as Lloyd-Jones. How soon in a sermon do you begin application? In the cases of Spurgeon and Lloyd-Jones, they started right away. Where did the 3 point sermon originate? He also talks about the contemporary loss of rhetorical prayer, where pastoral prayers were presenting arguments before God.
This series of lectures has been generously provided by Reformed Theological Seminary, which has conveniently supplied their audio through iTunes.
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John Piper has made a habit of delivering a biographical sketch of one important person in church history every year at his pastor’s conferences. They are highlights of each years conference and are not to be missed. In fact, these sketches are published in book form in ‘The Swan’s are Not Silent’ series, ‘Contending for our All’, ‘The Legacy of Sovereign Joy’, ‘The Hidden Smile of God’, and ‘The Roots of Endurance.’
Piper tackles such giants as Augustine, John Owen, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Bunyan, Charles Simeon, Athanasias, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, J. Greshem Machen, Martin Luther, John G. Paton, David Brainerd, George Mueller, William Cowper, Adoniram Judson, Charles Spurgeon and William Tyndale.