The Gospel Message; Sermons Preached in St. Paul's Cathedral

The Gospel Message; Sermons Preached in St. Paul's Cathedral

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...honouring our parents is never more conspicuously beautiful than when it is displayed towards a dishonourable, unkind, or brutal parent; so Christian reverence is never more beautiful than when it is displayed in the face of what is unworthy, of what must be received even with protestfrom those who are set over us in the Lord. The most successful sermon ever recorded is the one brief deep cry of woe of the Prophet Jonah, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown." 2 It carried with it the conversion of a city. There have been times, as here in the case of St. John Baptist, where the dignity of the message surpassed and swallowed up the personality of the messenger; just as there have been times when the messenger seems to have strangled the message by his own obtrusive personality. There have not been wanting examples of great men who steadily resisted the evening criticism of the Sunday sermon. And here the support of the laity is a great help. Where there 'St. Matt, xxiii. 2, 3. 2 Jonah iii. 4. is a sort of understanding between priest and people, which says, " If you just say something of the usual length which does not offend us, or jar upon our taste, or have the appearance of dictating to us, we will listen to you. If not, our remedy is simple,"--what, in circumstances like these, can they expect but a dead perfunctory enunciation of platitudes from a man who must say something? But if, on the other hand, they say, "We have to labour much in other parts of God's vineyard, we have not the time for special study of these questions; you have studied them, you are there to teach us; we look to you to guide us, while we reserve to ourselves the verification of our own reading, and the obedience to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236777743
  • 9781236777744