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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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