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Descending on Humanity and Intervening in History: Notes from the Pulpit Ministry of P.T. Forsyth
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Descending on Humanity and Intervening in History: Notes from the Pulpit Ministry of P.T. Forsyth

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This collection of 48 sermons, most of which have not been previously published, discloses the integration of vocation and imagination in the work of one of the greatest of free church theologians, P.T. Forsyth. At a time of fragmentation, when theological study has become too much removed from the task of the preacher, Forsyth’s work can remind us of the invigorating power of Christian doctrine interpreted and expounded in situations of pastoral and political exigency. Its capacity for the renewal of the church is evident again from this rich and timely anthology, compiled and introduced by Jason Goroncy.

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Key Features

  • Contains both previously published and unpublished sermons by P.T. Forsyth
  • Features powerful, thought-provoking essays and sermon notes
  • Includes an extensive introduction to the work of Forsyth by the editor


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  • Published Sermons
  • Unpublished Sermons

Praise for the Print Edition

Far from being a collection of cozy meditations, here are challenging, biblically rooted, theologically powerful, pastorally concerned essays and sermon notes by Britain's most stimulating theologian of the twentieth century. Church members will be energized; preachers will be prompted towards relevant exposition. This book is the product of much persistent burrowing by Jason Goroncy, whose substantial introduction is an exemplary piece of scholarship in its own right. We are greatly indebted to him.

—Alan P.F. Sell, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Few modern theologians have displayed the combination of intellectual energy, rhetorical power, and pastoral commitment of P.T. Forsyth. In this valuable collection of Forsyth’s sermons, many of them hitherto unpublished, we encounter a conviction too often absent in church and academy alike—that theology and preaching belong vitally together. In these striking examples of that vision, contemporary readers will find much to learn, challenge, and inspire.

—Ivor J. Davidson, professor of systematic and historical theology, University of St. Andrews

Product Details

  • Title: Descending on Humanity and Intervening in History: Notes from the Pulpit Ministry of P.T. Forsyth
  • Author: P.T. Forsyth
  • Editor: Jason Goroncy
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 396
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Sermons
  • Topic: Christian Living

About P.T. Forsyth

Peter Taylor Forsyth (1848–1921) preached and pastored for 25 years before becoming principal of Hackney College in London where he taught systematic theology and preaching. Forsyth converted from theological liberalism to classical Christianity in the mid 1880s. The theological transition was, in his own words, “from a lover of love to an object of grace.” A theologian of the cross, Forsyth is well known for his publications The Work of Christ, Cruciality of the Cross, and The Person and Place of Jesus Christ.

About Jason Goroncy

Jason Goroncy is lecturer and dean of studies at the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is the author of Hallowed Be Thy Name: The Sanctification of All in the Soteriology of Peter Taylor Forsyth.

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