Great Themes in Puritan Preaching
The Puritans, though often caricatured in modern days as narrow, gloomy and austere, were those whose high view of the Word of God distinguished them as serious students of the Scriptures. Their preaching was marked by careful exegesis of the great themes of the Bible and the practical application of these doctrines to the life of their hearers.
Men like John Owen, William Gough, Thomas Watson, John Flavel, Richard Sibbes, and many others, were used of God to powerfully preach the riches of the Messianic work of Christ, the new birth, repentance, justification, sanctification, assurance, and many other themes.
In this volume, Dr. Di Gangi brings together the words of these preachers on the great themes of the Word with the hopes that it might be used to revive in our churches a love for the truth and a desire to see the Scriptures faithfully preached and applied.
Table of Contents
- The Infallible Word
- No upstart sect
- The Messiah revealed
- Pastoral ministry
- Guilt and grace
- The second birth
- Radical repentance
- Justified and sanctified
- Spiritual conflict
- Bread and wine
- Renewal and reform
- Family values
- Most blessed assurance
- Advent to judgement
“A tour de force on Puritan preaching, designed to do at least two things: to teach us of the centrality of preaching in Puritan piety, and to convince us of its value in our own world. This fine book proves for Christians what we should already know, but often fail to adequately grasp: preaching matters! A marvelous accomplishment!”
— Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi and Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson
“Puritan preaching was wonderfully clear, painstakingly precise, doctrinally meticulous – but above all, throughly biblical. Dr. Di Gangi has done a superb job of outlining and summarizing the dominant themes in Puritan preaching. You will learn much from this volume.”
— Dr. John MacArthur, Pastor of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; President, The Master’s Seminary
“The writings of the English Puritans are a gold mine of both sound theology and instructions for practical Christian living. Every Christian, but especially those of us in full-time ministry, will benefit greatly from this book.”
— Jerry Bridges, author of The Joy of Fearing God and The Pursuit of Holiness
“Dr. Di Gangi writes simply, accurately, and winsomely – here is savory precision for both the beginner and the scholar of Puritan studies. And every believer will find great assistance in these pages for Christian faith and living.”
— Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
About the Author
Mariano Di Gangi was raised in New York in a family of Italian immigrants, “all converted in 1930 by God’s amazing grace”, as he says. He graduated from Brooklyn College, Westminster Theological Seminary, The Presbyterian College (Montreal, Quebec) and received his Doctor of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Divinity School in 1965. He has served at pastorates in Montreal, Hamilton (Ontario), Philadephia, PA (Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1961-1967) and Toronto.