Methodist Heroes of Other Days

Methodist Heroes of Other Days

by Samuel Gardiner Ayres

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From the book's introduction:

The present generation of Methodists, it is feared, know few of the names of the Methodists of former days, and still less of the manners and speech of the olden time. Some have an idea that the preachers were uneducated, ignorant ranters, and that their hearers were emotional and easily impressed.

The preachers of the early days were sometimes ignorant men, but filled with the love of Christ and burning with zeal to extend his kingdom. Many were graduates of "Brush College," as they facetiously called the itinerant method of study. Their saddlebags contained their library, and whenever they could they studied. Whenever an older preacher was met the younger one would ask questions and receive instruction and advice.

The times were such that there was a greater opportunity for the development of individuality than now. So some eccentric men arose, such as Lorenzo Dow, whom some men refused to allow in the pulpit, not understanding him and having no patience with him. We must not lose sight of the fact that they were greater than their oddities, and that they were used as the instruments of God in winning many men to Jesus Christ. Today the stories of their eccentricities amuse us, and we are apt to forget that they were flaming evangels.

The ministers of the olden time were of the stuff of which heroes are made. They were in labors abundant, in journeys oft and far. They suffered from hunger and thirst, from perils from men and beasts, from poverty and toil. Yet they failed not nor faltered, but were faithful unto the end.

They secured great results, for above all else they were men of great faith. They took God into partnership, and he was often drawn upon, and always acknowledged the draft. Thus out of the trials was evolved sainthood, and out of their sanctification came glorification.

They were men who were great in prayer. They often trod the way into the Holy of holies. They were importunate in their faith. They expected to receive an answer, and so it came. Their training was such that they read human nature like an open book. It seemed at times as if they were inspired. Their messages brought hidden things to light, and made the greatest braggarts quake.

They were all things to all men, yet they never ceased to be manly, noble, and true. Their lives were a rebuke to other men because of their purity. Their fearlessness was a challenge to the powers of evil to do their worst. They were great defenders of the faith. They defended the truth against Calvinists, Arians, deists, and Universalists. Rarely were they beaten. They had to defend their flock from the proselytizer, the infidel, and rum, and they did it bravely and valiantly.

All hail to our Methodist preachers of olden days! From them we may derive lessons of wisdom and cheer. We are in the midst of a great conflict. They can teach us how to fight. We may have better equipment, a fairer field, and a more courteous opponent, but we can never surpass them in the splendor of their manly spirit and sacrifice.

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The Table of Contents are as follows:
Chapter 1: FRANCIS ASBURY
Ch 2: PHILIP EMBURY
Ch 3: WILLIAM McKENDREE
Ch 4: HENRY WILLIS
Ch 5: GEORGE PICKERING
Ch 6: ANNING OWEN
Ch 7: PETER MASSIE
Ch 8: THOMAS MORRELL
Ch 9: JESSE LEE
Ch 10: GEORGE DOUGHERTY
Ch 11: WILLIAM WINANS
Ch 12: ALFRED BRUNSON
Ch 13: SHADRACH BOSTWICK, M.D.
Ch 14: ZENAS CALDWELL
Ch 15: ROBERT BOYD
Ch 16: RICHMOND NOLLEY
Ch 17: SAMUEL TUCKER
Ch 18: GEORGE HARMON
Ch 19: JOHN CLARK
Ch 20: WILLIAM BEAUCHAMP
Ch 21: PHILIP GATCH
Ch 22: VALENTINE COOK
Ch 23: HOPE HULL
Ch 24: JOHN GADDIS
Ch 25: WILLIAM B. CHRISTIE
Ch 26: GLEZEN FILLMORE
Ch 27: JAMES MOORE
Ch 28: JOHN KOBLER
Ch 29: JOSEPH LILLARD
Ch 30: JACOB GRUBER
Ch 31: JAMES GILMORE
Ch 32: JOHN RAY
Ch 33: "REFORMATION" JOHN ADAMS
Ch 34: BILLY HIBBARD
Ch 35: JOHN HASLAM
Ch 36: GEORGE GARY

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149892815
Publisher: Jawbone Digital
Publication date: 01/25/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 403 KB

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