Ironside shows that in the book of Acts, God has provided a pattern for Christian testimony, missionary effort, world evangelism, and building Christian churches—a pattern we would do well to follow. From a literary standpoint, Acts seems unfinished—the story ends without a conclusion—perhaps to illustrate the continuing work of the apostles in our own time. Ironside’s commentary on Acts makes their work begun at Pentecost more visible in the present.
Harry Allen Ironside, one of the twentieth century’s greatest preachers, was born in Toronto, Canada on October 14, 1876. Though his education stopped with grammar school, his fondness for reading and a retentive memory put his learning to use. His scholarship was recognized in academic circles when he received honorary degrees from Wheaton College and Bob Jones University and was invited as frequent lecturer at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Ironside was appointed to the boards of numerous Bible institutes, seminaries, and Christian organizations. He also served as director of the Africa Inland Mission. Ironside preached widely throughout the United States and abroad. He served as pastor of Moody Memorial Church from 1930 to 1948, and during his lifetime, he preached more than 7,000 sermons to over 1.25 million listeners.