Just the other day I caught wind of a very curious blog.
It was Octavius Winslow’s. Yeah, the 19th century Puritan pastor.
The guy’s blogging.
Okay. Okay. HE’S not really blogging.
Someone else is blogging for him.
Someone else is amassing his body of work, sharing chunks of his sermons and exploring the life of this overlooked Reformed preacher.
Granted, this is nothing new.
Blogs devoted to bringing attention to near-forgotten pillars of the Puritan-cum-Calvinist persuasion have been cropping up for the past couple of years.
But this shouldn’t surprise us either. We are in the age of new Calvinism and its patrons are simply doing their duty.
7 Blogs about Dead Puritans, Reformers
The MO for these blogs is simple: collect into one place the works of largely forgotten Reformed theologians and preachers.
It’s not an easy task. Some of these guys works are out of print–and inaccessible. So a big hardy thanks to the men who run these blogs.
Enjoy the list.
Stephen Charnock Charnock didn’t live long enough to see his best work–The Existence and Attributes of God–published. Then again, I doubt he cared. He was a preaching machine with one mandate: Meticulously define God. I’d say he did it.
Octavius Winslow I didn’t know who this cat was until I stumbled upon his blog. According to Matthew Blair [who, by the way, is also a dog groomer and ex-atheist!], he was a prolific Puritan writer and preacher who wonderfully described the Christian life as a pilgrimage. Nice pick me up for those dark days.
J. C. Ryle Vigorous preacher and father of five children, John Charles Ryle pastored a church in England for over 38 years. He’s best loved for his uncompromising evangelical doctrine and expository preaching of the Gospels. Erik Kowalker steers this Puritan’s hand.
John Owens This 17th Century Puritan heavyweight stands in the shadow of Jonathan Edwards. But many agree–he’s Edwards’ peer. Owens manhandled the English countryside with stirring declarations of the supremacy of Christ and is best known forThe Mortification of Sin. Justin Taylor mans this blog.
Herman Bavinck While not a Puritan, he’s a Reformed theologian of the first rank. He’s also German and dead. Good enough for this list. Tony Reinke takes up the cause for this stout theologian who produced some tremendous volumes–like Reformed Dogmatics and the Doctrine of God.
Charles Spurgeon This man hardly needs an introduction. And while he’s not a Puritan–his roots are. Phil Johnson stuffs this website with Spurgeon sermons, devotions books–and even authentic writings by the Prince of Preachers.
Jonathan Edwards Not a blog, but a website run by Yale University. A website that will make you drool if you’re an Edwards fan. Yale’s claim to fame here–a definitive collection of Edwards’ works. “Prolific” is an understatement.
Okay: Who did I miss? What Puritan, Pilgrim or near-forgotten Reformer have I overlooked? Please share. I want to expand this list. Help me fill in the blanks.
And by the way, where are the Puritan women? Got any ideas? I’d like to add them to the list, too. I appreciate your help.