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Lecturing on Latimer

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As I have mentioned before, I am due to be giving a lecture on Hugh Latimer: the preaching prelate for the Evangelical Library on Monday 28 November at 1pm. Why bother learning from Latimer? Because competent judges, like Bishop Ryle, speak in this way:

Few, probably have ever addressed an English congregation with more effect than he did. No doubt his sermons now extant would not suit modern taste. They contain many quaint, odd, and coarse things. They are very familiar, rambling, and discursive, and often full of gossiping stories. But, after all, we are poor judges in these days of what a sermon ought to be. A modern sermon is too often a dull, tame, pointless religious essay, full of measured, round sentences, Johnsonian English, bald platitudes, timid statements, and elaborately concocted milk and water. It is a leaden sword, without either point or edge: a heavy weapon, and little likely to do much execution. But if a combination of sound Gospel doctrine, plain Saxon language, boldness, liveliness, directness, and simplicity, can make a preacher, few, I suspect, have ever equalled old Latimer.

Five English Reformers (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1981), 106.

Philip E. Hughes speaks of him as a man

who was the most remarkable preacher of the day, and indeed one of the greatest preachers the Church universal has ever had.

Theology of the English Reformers (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1965), 127.

Sir Marcus Loane described him as

the recognised exponent of the moral teaching of the Reformation, and the practical character of his oratory was the surest means to arouse the conscience of his England . . . his was the voice of righteousness. . . . There was nothing crude or vulgar in his sermons; they were plain and opportune, shrewd and vigorous, with a touch of racy humour, and flair for homely illustration, and a magnificent verve, and a colloquial dash, that gave his words instant penetration.

Masters of the English Reformation (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2005), 147.

Persuaded? If so, join us on Monday. All are welcome.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 25 November 2011 at 20:13

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