As a twenty-one year undergraduate in Oxford in 1837, a bright but depressed J. C. Ryle stumbled across a church and entered it on a whim. There, he heard the words of Ephesians 2 preached, and it lit a fire of passion for God in him that would never be extinguished. The rest of Ryle’s life would be in service to God, with a strong commitment to preaching and teaching salvation unto others. Ryle was a prolific author, and his numerous books and commentaries were bestsellers and translated all over the world. The J. C. Ryle Collection (18 Vols.), includes his most important works on God and the Christian faith, and contains his powerful commentaries on the canonical gospels.
“I frankly avow that I have studied, as far as possible, to be plain and pointed, and to choose what an old divine calls ‘picked and packed’ words,” he writes. Renowned for its direct, unadorned language and its deep insight, Ryle’s work has been inspiring Christians for over one hundred years. Along with his commentaries on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this collection includes his sermons and essays on justification, regeneration, sin, baptism, the Sabbath, and more. Filled with practical observations for daily Christian living, they are also rich with the history of the Anglican Church.
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. . . a distillation of true Puritan theology presented in a highly readable form.
I am bold to say that perhaps few men in the nineteenth century did so much for God, for truth, for righteousness, among the English speaking race and in the world, as Ryle.
J. C. Ryle (1816–1900) was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was a Craven Scholar. He was ordained in 1841, and became the first bishop of Liverpool in 1880. Ryle was a prolific writer his entire life, publishing dozens of bestsellers that were translated into many languages.
Dennis E. Roe