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Getting the Most Out of The Puritans

March 8, 2008

Andrew and Carolyn, who are two of the several hundred readers taking up the Puritan Reading Challenge, recently wrote of the joys and challenges that come from reading the Puritans. Their most recent post was a very enjoyable read, and I thought I’d provide an excerpt. Here’s what they said regarding getting the most out of the Puritans:

I am enjoying food for my soul unlike anything else I have ever read. I am literally finding that my heart is soaring with some of the truths outlined, and then is promptly being broken by my own sense of sin and smallness. These were men who knew their God, and knew God’s people; men who brought God’s Word home with force, conviction, clarity, and gravity. As such sitting with a highlighter and marking out sections which might be good for a blog series feels a little like fumbling in my rucksack for a camera, while the sun sinks behind a hill. My decision is to enjoy the view, and let God speak to me in the way He wants through these works, without marring the majesty of what I am learning by constantly being concerned about passing it on. My thoughts on these works are at best a monochrome study in the multicoloured glory of God’s grace anyway.

Reading your comments at the end of each month and checking out the blogposts from those of you in the blogosphere has been immensely encouraging for me. PRC has put a lot of demands on me personally, but the joy I get from seeing how this is benefiting folks is worth all the effort.

As The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson is now getting in full swing, I look forward to learning together and growing together in the pursuit of godliness.

Blogspotting the Puritan Challenge 2

January 22, 2008

Here’s is roundup number two of my perusal around the Puritan Reading Challenge Bloggers. Enjoy!

* David reflects on the first two chapters, concluding, “I barely got three pages before I had to stop and really think about the implications of what I was reading and thereafter the page count between needs for meditation did not increase.” He also has some very kind words about RHB, a leading sponsor of the PRC.

* Jennifer Partin has contributed her thoughts in two good posts (here and here). Regarding the second chapter, Jennifer writes, “Feeling discouraged and weak? Are you at the end of your rope? Take heart because this chapter gives great comfort and hope!” Amen Jennifer!

* Mike Leake has continued with his thoughts and quotes from The Bruised Reed with posts on chapters two, three, four, and five. Mike begins his most recent post thus: “After reading this chapter, if I were a web designer I would craft a picture of my rear and Richard Sibbes kicking it.” I hear you Mike!

* Caleb Burnison says that reading Sibbes reminded him of Bunyan and provides five thoughtful questions for his youth. Would that more youth ministers be distilling the Puritans to teenagers!

* Andrew and Carolyn continue with their creative series with three contributions: The Compassionate Mr. Sibbes and The Contemporary Mr. Sibbes, and The Encouraging Mr. Sibbes.  Great stuff!

* Jerry (who I have noticed has quite the alliteration going on at his blog) continues to be the pace-setter with posts on chapters eleven, twelve, and thirteen (and also has included excerpts from The Valley of Vision and other Puritan literature).

* Andrew Upton has summarized, in individual posts, the first three chapters of The Bruised Reed. For a summary overview, check out his posts on chapters one, two, and three.

* Stephen Newell shares his thoughts about the purpose of Sibbes in writing The Bruised Reed.

* Kevin Rhyne talks about coming before the throne of grace, the smoking flax, pastoral care of Sibbes, and simple preaching of sound doctrine.

* A Fish Out of Water writes about Sibbes on the Spirit of God.

* Justin Nale continues to enjoy reading Sibbes as he blogs on the fourth chapter of The Bruised Reed.

Blogspotting the Puritan Challenge 1

January 15, 2008

I know I am going to miss some of the blogposts in attempting to do this, so let me go ahead and make the disclaimer that i am in no way trying to leave anyone out! If you are blogging through the Puritan Challenge and I miss your posts, please let me know by either emailing me (outpostministries[at]yahoo[dot]com) or commenting in the post, leaving me the links to your posts.

This is my first installment in blogspotting The Puritan Challenge. I will be randomly adding more installments in the days and weeks to come.

* Andrew and Carolyn at Double-Usefulness have gotten of the blocks with three posts already. They are Meet Mr. Sibbes, a biographical introduction, The Balanced Mr. Sibbes, a glimpse of Sibbes godly counsel, and The Illustrative Mr. Sibbes, a compilation of Sibbes’ preaching illustrations.

* Jerry at Minor Mutterings has been rockin’ it out with posts on ten chapters already!  Here they are: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten.  Jerry, you are going to keep me very busy!

* Caleb Burnison (or it is Josh Gelatt?) answers the question, “Why Read the Puritans?”

* Mike Leake begins with a nicely outlined post including tailored discussion and “diamonds and pearls.”

* David at Presbyterian & Reformed provides an excellent memoir of Sibbes’ life from an 1809 edition of Sibbes’ Works.

* Justin Nale adds his thoughts on the first, second, and third chapters of The Bruised Reed.

* Kevin Rhyne loves the language of 17th century plain speaking prose as found in Sibbes.

* Terry Delaney is five chapters in and already finding personal application to what he is reading.  Very cool.

Again, more to come. I am setting up my Google alerts and going blog-fishing, so be sure to lure me in with some good bait!