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Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact (Early Church Fathers)

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Overview

Patrick ministered to kings and slaves alike in the culture that had enslaved him. Patrick’s faith and his commitment to the Word of God through hard times is a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering. Michael Haykin’s masterful biography of Patrick’s life and faith will show you how you can follow God’s call in your life.

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  • Explores how you can follow God’s call in your life
  • Provides a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering
  • Relates the magnificent impact that those fathers of the early church made for our world today
  • Series preface
  • A chronology of Patrick
  • Preface
  • ‘I am Patrick’: The Life and Historical Context of Patrick
  • ‘One God in the Trinity of the holy name’: The Divine Foundation of Patrick’s Theology
  • ‘I am bound by the Spirit’: Patrick and his Irish Mission
  • ‘God has spoken’: Word and Spirit in Patrick’s Piety
  • An Evangelical Reflects on Patrick

Top Highlights

“elements prevailed over the normal colloquial Christian vocabulary.’ (Latin of Saint Patrick, p. 28.)” (Page 41)

“used his own finances, inherited most likely from his parents in Britain, to fund his mission.” (Page 75)

“At the heart of the Gospel that Patrick preached in Ireland was the Trinity: the Father who planned the work of salvation, the Son who became man and died for the salvation of sinners, and the Spirit who brings home the Father’s plan and Son’s work to sinful human beings and makes them, as the confession has stated, ‘sons of God and co-heirs with Christ’” (Page 58)

“Patrick ‘wants us to see the experiences of his life and the fulfillment of his mission in the light of his belief in the Holy Trinity.’” (Page 58)

“Pelagianism encouraged an ‘attitude of self-reliance’ and emphasized ‘the saving quality of a virtuous life’.” (Page 54)

There is one theme that stands out from this beautifully detailed portrait in miniature: Patrick’s missionary zeal was grounded in a deep Trinitarian faith. Patrick’s Confession and his life ever show us how the Trinity should be at the heart of our thought and prayer. And thus all Christians will benefit from learning more about this mighty figure in the great cloud of witnesses.

—Lewis Ayres

Sometimes the historical figure outshines the legend. By sifting through reliable sources, Michael A. G. Haykin paints a compelling portrait of this bibliocentric bishop and earnest evangelist. The dedicated missionary and thoughtful theologian that emerges belongs to the gospel-loving global church and not just the Emerald Isle. The persistent Patrick, a diligent minister of the Word and Spirit, deserves to be commemorated far more than once each year.

—Paul Hartog

What fires a man to be a missionary in a country where he has been a slave? Michael A. G. Haykin’s book is a fine balance between a biography of an extraordinary servant of Jesus Christ and an explanation of the beliefs that sustained Patrick. Patrick was a man whose situation is very different from ours and whose beliefs differ from ours at points too, and Haykin is especially helpful in exemplifying how we as today’s Evangelicals can learn from someone so different and yet also close kin.

—Michael Ovey

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Born in England of Irish and Kurdish parents, Dr. Haykin is currently Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality. He has authored The Spirit of God: The Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians in the Pneumatomachian Controversy of the Fourth Century (E. J. Brill, 1994); One Heart and One Soul: John Sutcliff of Olney, His Friends, and His Times (Evangelical Press, 1994); Kiffin, Knollys and Keach: Rediscovering Our English Baptist Heritage (Reformation Today Trust, 1996); ‘At the Pure Fountain of Thy Word’: Andrew Fuller as an Apologist (Paternoster Press, 2004); Jonathan Edwards: The Holy Spirit in Revival (Evangelical Press, 2005); The God who draws near: An introduction to biblical spirituality (Evangelical Press, 2007). Dr. Haykin and his wife Alison, and their two children, Victoria and Nigel, live in Dundas, Ontario.

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