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The Tongue of Fire: The True Power of Christianity
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The Tongue of Fire: The True Power of Christianity


Harper & Brothers 1900

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, The Tongue of Fire: The True Power of Christianity called the church to re-examine the power and provision of the Holy Spirit. In this text, Irish minister William Arthur reflects on the Spirit and the Pentecost, focusing on the symbolic imagery used to describe the Spirit’s descent on the church. Arthur’s work pushes against what he saw as the church’s formal, apathetic stance towards the Spirit, and seeks to revive the vitality of the church that comes through the Spirit.

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Key Features

  • Reflects upon the Pentecost and imagery of the Holy Spirit
  • Calls for a return to reliance on the Spirit
  • Challenges the church’s formal views of the Spirit

Praise for the Print Edition

The Tongue of Fire is an English classic far above the need of criticism from us. We have only to tell our readers that this is worthy to be the library edition for all future time. Those who have never read these flaming pages, should lose no time in doing so; especially those who wish to teach and preach Jesus.

Charles H. Spurgeon, in The Sword and the Trowel.

The notoriety and the admiration which, in so brief a period, have already attended this publication, almost supersede the necessity of any special remarks from us . . . The circulation of so deeply spiritual, so pointedly practical, and so truly eloquent an appeal to Christian people, cannot fail of the happiest results.

The Methodist Review

Among God’s greatest gifts to his church during the nineteenth century, ‘for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,’ was his gift to the Wesleyan branch of the church, and through them to the whole church, and to the world— the gift of William Arthur . . . If every preacher would but read [The Tongue of Fire] through at least once a year it would certainly fire his soul with new enthusiasm for the souls of men.

Homiletic Review

Product Details

  • Title: The Tongue of Fire: The True Power of Christianity
  • Author: William Arthur
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1900
  • Pages: 350

About William Arthur

William Arthur (1819–1901) was a Wesleyan Methodist minister in Ireland. He began preaching as a local minister at 16 years old. He quickly established himself as a gifted preacher and writer, and he served as a missionary, lecturer, and speaker throughout his life. Crippled by illness, Arthur frequently lost his voice. When his voice was gone, he wrote his addresses and gave them to someone who could speak for him. His works include Successful Merchant and The Duty of Giving Away a Stated Portion of Our Income.

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