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John Wesley and George Whitefield were in many ways larger-than-life figures during their own lifetimes and continue to be so today. Yet our ability to appreciate their abiding influence on contemporary Evangelical theology and practice is lacking if we consider them in isolation from one another. Our understanding of Wesley and the legacy of his public ministry is impoverished apart from considering Whitefield (and vice versa).
This collection of essays explores the complex dynamics at work in the Wesley-Whitefield relationship, spanning a variety of theological, historical, and pastoral facets of their full-orbed public ministries. They serve as an invitation to grow in our awareness of their undoubted affinities and significant differences, all the while resisting the potential allure of either uncritically ecumenical “Wesley and” or uncharitably partisan “Whitefield versus” narratives.
The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by the spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, then translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book apart from the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church. It is concerned with themes of universal importance: how man may develop his inner powers and awake from illusion; how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve spiritual wholeness; how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and union with God.
Includes the writings of St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, St. Maximos the Confessor, St. Thalassios, St. John of Damaskos and St. Theognostos.
Encourage your child to learn about George Whitefield, from his early beginnings as a hopeful actor in England through to his death in Newburyport, Massachusetts. A renowned Anglican preacher of the eighteenth century, Whitefield is most known for his foundation of the evangelical movement. Written with dialogue taken from direct quotes from Whitefield (in italics). Recommended for ages 8-14.
Forgotten Founding Father: The Heroic Legacy of George WhitefieldStephen MansfieldCumberland House / 2001 / Hardcover$15.26 Retail:
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George Whitfield was one of the most extraordinary men of his time. Known mostly in connection with the Great Awakening of the 1700s, he befriended men like Benjamin Franklin, converted men like Patrick Henry, and inspired men like George Washington. Many of the American colonists considered him the father of their revolution. "Forgotten Founding Father" is an incisive look at the qualities of leadership that made him such an effective and powerful figure in both England and America and left a legacy that continues to this day.
George Whitefield (1714-1770) is remembered as a spirited revivalist, a catalyst for the Great Awakening, and a founder of the evangelical movement in America. But Whitefield was also a citizen of the British Empire who used his political savvy and theological creativity to champion the cause of imperial expansion. In this religious biography of "the Grand Itinerant," author Peter Choi reexamines the Great Awakening and its relationship to a fast-growing British Empire in the context of a dramatic human story.
As the British Empire and the Great Awakening evolved, so did Whitefield and his influence. Rather than focusing on his early preaching career, as many books do, Choi follows the trajectory of Whitefield's whole life, including his relation,ships to Britain, the American colonies, slavery, war, and higher education. George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire tells the fascinating, multifaceted life story of Whitefield both as revivalist preacher and subject of the British Empire.
England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was in the midst of spiritual decline, marked by lifeless sermons, strife, persecution, and malaise. Into this dark time, George Whitefield burst forth as one of the greatest preachers the church had seen since the time of the Apostles.
Called the "Grand Itinerant" for his unprecedented preaching ministry, Whitefield crossed the Atlantic Ocean numerous times and lit fires of revival on two continents. Yet, as Dr. Steven J. Lawson illustrates in this latest entry in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series, we must note that Whitefield was a man whose extraordinary evangelistic fervor was marked by remarkable piety and deep theology, and whose unswerving devotion to his God led him to risk all that he had to preach the name of Christ.
Many reasons combine to make this full-scale portrait of Whitefield a biography of impressive importance.
First, Whitefield's life provides in itself a story scarcely paralleled. From the age of 24 when he commanded the largest congregations yet seen in America, until his death 30 years later, his was the voice heard by the English-speaking world. By common consent he was the greatest preacher of the 18th Century, and of his preaching gifts J.C. Ryle wrote, 'No Englishman, I believe, dead or alive, has ever equalled him.'
Second, Whitefield's life is central in the historical epoch which shaped the subsequent history of Britain and America. the movements which saw the hitherto dormant doctrines of the Reformation preached in the open-air in England, which lifted the separate American colonies and forged a national religious consciousness, which broke the religious deadness of Scotland and made Wales a nation raised on the Bible, were all closely related to Whitefield.
Third, Whitefield's life commencing as it did in an era of enormous religious indifference and scepticism provides a study in revival Christianity which is perhaps second only to the apostolic era itself. The hidden springs of the great evangelical revival did not lie in the men nor in the times, but rather in the fresh effusion of the Holy Spirit upon hearts and minds.
Volume 1 brings the story of George Whitefield, and of the evangelical revival, up to the end of the year 1740. In it we are told in vivid detail how a young man of Gloucester - 'at 16 a tapster, at 26 the most brilliant and popular preacher the modern world has ever known' - exercised a ministry of the gospel crammed full of arduous labour and crowned with divine blessing.
Volume 2 covers the period 1741-1770. It opened with the doctrinal conflict with the two Wesleys and with a serious division in Methodist ranks, quickly followed by a visit to Scotland in which revival reached its high watermark. It follows the remaining events onwards until his death in 1770.
An outstanding biography, popularly written, and with an urgent message for the present day.
Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern EvangelicalismHarry StoutWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1991 / Trade Paperback$31.50 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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An engaging, indeed compelling, narrative of the life of George Whitfield, the great 18th-century revivalist. Harry Stout makes Whitfield and the issues that concerned him - Calvinism, Methodism, and the winning of souls to Christ - come alive. This is the best kind of history book: one that brings new scholarly insight to bear while at the same time providing a story accessible enough for students or general readers.
George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father [Hardcover]Thomas S. KiddYale University Press / 2014 / Hardcover$37.50 Retail:
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Making seven evangelistic trips to the American colonies, this Methodist preacher and revivalist was one of the best-known figures of his day. In this balanced account, Kidd considers Whitefield's zeal, dramatic oratory, Calvinist theology, interest in orphans, relationship to leading lights (e.g., Wesley, Edwards, Franklin), and remarkable legacy.
The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented AmericaRandy PetersenThomas Nelson / 2015 / Hardcover$11.49 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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A groundbreaking look at the uncommon friendship between George Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin . . . who together defined what it means to be an American! Learn how the popular outdoor preacher and evangelist built America's spiritual foundation while hard-working, inventive, funny, and practical Franklin laid its social groundwork---and how both influenced our nation forever. 320 pages, hardcover from Nelson.
George Whitefield: God's Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth CenturyArnold DallimoreCrossway / 2010 / Trade Paperback$15.99 Retail:
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* A fast-paced, readable account of the life of the renowned 18th-century Anglican preacher, revivalist, and founder of evangelicalism! Now available in one convenient volume, Dallimore's magisterial biography vividly portrays George Whitefield's passion, discipline, and commitment as he zealously preached the gospel, bringing thousands of souls to Christ on both sides of the Atlantic during the Great Awakening. 224 pages, softcover from Crossway.
This anthology includes an account of Whitefield's life by J.C. Ryle, a summary of Whitefield's doctrine by R. Elliot, and six sermons by Whitefield: The Method of Grace (Jer. 6:14); Christ the Believer's Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification and Redemption (I Cor. 1:30); The Lord Our Righteousness (Jer. 23:6); The Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent (Gen. 3:15); Walking with God (Gen. 5:24); and The Good Shepherd--A Farewell Sermon (Jn. 10:27, 28).
Sermons of George Whitefieldreveals not only his unquenchable zeal for the gospel of Jesus Christ, but also his renowned passion and gift for drama that mesmerized audiences on two continents. His summons to receive Christ's salvation reverberates across the centuries, inviting all into the arms of the savior.
In this skillfully edited edition, Randall Pederson has chosen passages drawn from George Whitefield's sermons, letters, hymns and prayers that will encourage, inspire and challenge the reader each day of the year. This is the first devotional compiled solely from Whitefield's works and provides an excellent introduction to the spirituality of this eighteenth-century evangelical preacher who was used by God in bringing the gospel into the lives of many people both in the UK and USA. Bible passages are based upon the ESV. Features include an imitation leather binding, a ribbon bookmark, and Scripture Index.
The Sermons of George Whitefield consists of more than 60 sermons composed by George Whitefield--each carefully selected and edited--and presented in two durable hardcovers by Whitefield expert Lee Gatiss.
George Whitefield was the leading evangelical clergyman of the eighteenth century and one of the driving forces, humanly speaking, of revivals on both sides of the Atlantic, and worked with legendary revivalists Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley. Drawing on his charismatic personality, Whitefield's fiery preaching style had an almost intoxicating effect on his listeners-listeners whose numbers often rose above 5,000 people at once! Yet until now, his sermons have been left as an untapped resource in scholarship and for today's church. But Gatiss' contribution makes significant progress toward making Whitefield more accessible.
Gatiss includes careful and extensive footnotes detailing the historical and theological context necessary to understand Whitefield's preaching, message, and style. The language of Whitefield's text has also been updated for the twenty-first century with the additions of modern grammar, spelling, and punctuation--revised in a manner that leaves Whitefield's distinct voice intact and coherent for today's reader.