Preachers With Power

Four Stalwarts of the South

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Weight 0.41 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 1.9 cm
page-count

224

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1992

topic

19th Century, Pastoral Biography, Preaching & Teaching

Original Pub Date

1992

format

Book

binding

Cloth-bound

isbn

9780851516288

Book Description

Douglas Kelly here reintroduces one of the richest periods of evangelical history, spanning the years 1791-1902, and captures its ethos in the lives of four of its most influential men: Daniel Baker, who spent his life as a missionary and itinerant evangelist though sought by a church and two U.S. Presidents for Washington; James Henley Thornwell, equally able as a pastor and professor but best remembered as a preacher ‘wrapt in wonder at the love, humiliation and condescension of the Trinity’; Benjamin M. Palmer, who, in the words of a Jewish rabbi, ‘got the heart as well as the ear of New Orleans’; and John L. Girardeau, ‘the Spurgeon of America’, who was so remarkably used among the black people of South Carolina. In addition to these moving lives, Dr. Kelly gives us many illuminating side-lights on Christians of the South, such as those of the Midway Church, Georgia, for whom ‘religion was a matter of their brightest hopes, their warmest feelings, their deepest convictions’. The author is not only well-qualified to write on ‘the old South’ but, more important, he inspires a fresh vision of the great lessons embodied in his subjects. He convinces us of the truth of the words of R.L. Dabney: ‘The real desideratum is not new methods, but fidelity to the old, a real revival in the hearts of ministers and Christians themselves, a faith that “feels the power of the world to come”, a solemn and deep love for souls. What we need most is repentance, and not innovation.’

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  PREFACE ix
  THE OLD SOUTH: AN INTRODUCTION xi
PART ONE DANIEL BAKER:

EVANGELISM WITH POWER

 
  1. From Rural Georgia to Hampden-Sydney and Princeton 3
  2. First Pastorates 13
  3. A Life of Travel 24
  4. Revival and Evangelism 39
  5. The Joyful Preacher 47
PART TWO JAMES HENLEY THORNWELL:

LOGIC ON FIRE

 
  6. The Honing of an Intellect for Service to Church, State and Education 61
  7. Majestic Preaching: Theology and Passion 73
PART THREE BENJAMIN MORGAN PALMER:

CAPTURING THE HEART OF NEW ORLEANS

 
  8. Palmer’s Formative Years in South Carolina 87
  9. How Eloquence and Compassion Moved a City 96
  10. The Characteristics of Palmer’s Ministry 106
PART FOUR JOHN L. GIRARDEAU:

UNCTION AT WORK

 
  11. ‘South Carolina Is My Mother’ 121
  12. A Unique Ministry to Low Country Blacks 130
  13. Changes after the Civil War: A Professorship and Pastorate in Columbia 137
  14. Girardeau the Preacher 142
  15. Exalting and Proclaiming Christ 151
  16. Effective Sermons: Their Nature and Power 161
EPILOGUE A CONCLUDING REFLECTION ON THEIR PREACHING AND OURS 171
  NOTES 177
  INDEX 189

 

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