Post Tagged as ‘Evangelicalism’

So You’re a Baptist; But Are You Also a Methodist?

The Church of England in the 18th century had lost much of the spiritual vitality it had possessed in the 16th & 17th centuries. The Puritans had been expelled from the Church in 1662 due to the Act of Uniformity issued by Charles II, and many of the spiritually devote High Churchmen had been forced out in 1688 for refusing to swear allegiance to William and Mary. The resultant state of the church was anything worthy of spiritual commendation. Rationalism, deism, heresy, and skepticism characterized many of the clergyman who remained in the National Church. Certainly those who doubted the […]

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A Letter of Comfort to a Widower: An Example of Pastoral Care from John Berridge (1716-1793)

One of the most difficult tasks given to pastors is the care of those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Pastors are expected simultaneously to provide comfort to the grieving and reminders of Christian truth, all with a spirit of compassion. In the course of my dissertation reading on eighteenth and nineteenth century evangelicalism,  I have read a number of letters written by evangelical ministers to people who had lost loved ones. Some of these letters come across to my modern ears as harsh and unsympathetic (perhaps they were not taken this way at that time), […]

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Thomas Scott (1747-1821) on Redeeming Time in Ministry

One of the hallmarks of the evangelical movement has been its emphasis on active Christian service. Like the Puritans before them, the early evangelicals thought it important to make the most of each day, and doing so required a careful use of time. This care was especially needful for ministers of the gospel, whose very occupation meant tending to both personal and public responsibilities. Some, like the early Methodists, would schedule out basically their entire day into short blocks of time. However, other evangelicals were less rigid. Concerned about how to balance the various demands of ministry on his time, the […]

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Thomas Scott’s Appeal for Missionary Action at the First Anniversary of the CMS

Thomas Scott was the first secretary of the Church Missionary Society and one of its founding members. When the CMS celebrated its first anniversary on May 26, 1801, Thomas Scott was one of several men who addressed the members of the society that day. I have given an excerpt of that sermon below. The reader will be struck with Scott’s sense of urgency, a sense of urgency that characterized most evangelical missionary endeavors in the 18th and 19th centuries. The reader should also note Scott’s belief that cooperation among Christians would allow for a greater gospel influence in the world. Finally, […]

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