St Antholin lectures
St Antholin lecture 2016
This study offers a sketch of John Owen’s prophetic preaching in which his dogmatic providentialism and the fiery apocalypticism almost threaten to destroy his image as a Reformed Orthodox theologian and man of the Renaissance. With an initial glance, one might think that there is little practical to be learned from such a vignette. However, upon closer inspection three striking applications, or, in the language of early-modern homiletics, ‘uses’, emerge that are directly relevant for much contemporary preaching.
St Antholin lecture 2015
Selina, the Countess of Huntingdon (1707-1791) has a special place in the history of the Revival because she was one of its most prominent women advocates. Selina’s influence, however, reached deep, extending not only into her circle of aristocratic friends and contacts but also into the heart of strong relationships with the leading evangelists of the day, not least George Whitefield and both the Wesleys. She gained a hearing for the Revival where it might not otherwise have gained entry and brought the ‘new birth’ into the drawing rooms of the aristocracy, where it was not always welcomed. Selina’s heart had been transformed by the gospel, and she sought out avenues to enable the gospel to transform her church. Less well-known is that Selina was at the heart of the conflict for the soul of the Established Church. The lessons are salutary for today.
St Antholin lecture 2014
John Wesley is widely regarded as one of the prime movers of the Evangelical Revival of the 18th Century, so much so that opposition to Wesley is even now taken by some with little knowledge of Wesley’s actual teaching to be straightforward opposition to the gospel itself. However, an intriguing question is unearthed in this lecture, which explores the relationships between Wesley and Whitefield, Toplady and Simeon. Dr. Gatiss comes to the conclusion that in addition to being ‘strangely warmed’ by the gospel, Wesley became increasingly heated in his almost pathological opposition to Reformed Anglican doctrine. Gatiss argues that this has subsequently been systematically hushed up and played down by historians and hagiographers alike, and considers some lessons for those engaged in controversies today.
St Antholin lecture 2013
Edmund Grindal (1516-1583) enjoyed a glittering career in the Church of England under Edward VI and Elizabeth I. The first generation of English Reformers saw in him the maturity and character to handle the temptations of preferment without losing the passion to reform or the backbone to resist intimidation.
St Antholin lecture 2012
2012 is the three-hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The adoption of that book in England was not without controversy. About 20% of the ministers of the Church of England resigned at that time, and many lay people left the Church. This was the start of the 'Nonconformist' churches, which have been so influential in England. The events of 1662 had a big impact on Christianity in England and eventually on Christianity around the world.
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