The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 1

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 1

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 1

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 1

Synopsis

The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church is a multivolume study by Hughes Oliphant Old that canvasses the history of preaching from the words of Moses at Mount Sinai through modern times. In Volume 1, The Biblical Period, Old begins his survey by discussing the roots of the Christian ministry of the Word in the worship of Israel. He then examines the preaching of Christ and the Apostles. Finally, Old looks at the development and practice of Christian preaching in the second and third centuries, concluding with the ministry of Origen.

Excerpt

Presiding over the mantelpiece of our old New Jersey farmhouse just outside the city of Trenton is a portrait of one of my ancestors, Robert Chambers, wearing a white lace collar and holding in his hands a book with the title Walker’s Sermons. For years I had wondered about that book of sermons which had obviously been so important to my double greatgrandfather. I wondered who this preacher might have been and why those sermons were so treasured by him. Then one day when I was up in Princeton looking through the seminary library for something else I suddenly saw the same book, bound exactly the same way, with exactly the same title. I looked at the title page and discovered that Robert Walker had been the preacher at the High Kirk of St. Giles in the middle of the eighteenth century and that this particular edition of his sermons had been published in Trenton, the home of Robert Chambers, in 1820, five years before the portrait was painted. I began to realize that the portrait told me much about my spiritual heritage. the Chambers family had been sent to the prison colony of New Jersey during the reign of Charles ii along with a whole shipload of Scotch Presbyterians who refused to conform to the king’s religion. That shipload of devout Calvinists made quite an impact on the religious history of America. What the portrait suggests is that these New Jersey Presbyterians maintained a strong link with a very old tradition of preaching.

Right from the beginning American Protestantism has had outstanding preaching. John Cotton, Thomas Shepard, and Nathaniel Ward brought the traditions of English Puritan preaching to New England. With the Great . . .

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