Sharing the Gospel, Longing For Conversion (Spencer)

It sometimes makes us nervous to think about sharing the gospel with someone or telling them about the hope we have in Jesus. We worry we might make a mistake or we're concerned that we might end up looking foolish. If you get a little nervous about sharing the gospel, here are some wise words… Continue reading Sharing the Gospel, Longing For Conversion (Spencer)

Don’t Give Up On A Sinner! (Spencer)

I was recently reading part of A Pastor's Sketches again and I found a paragraph I had marked up quite a bit.  Turns out I had blogged on this already (May 2017), so I thought I'd post it again.  Here it is: Sometime around the middle of the 19th century a woman spoke to Rev. Ichabod… Continue reading Don’t Give Up On A Sinner! (Spencer)

Not Giving Up On A Sinner (Spencer)

Sometime around the middle of the 19th century, a woman spoke to Rev. Ichabod Spencer about the things of the Christian faith.  After the discussion, the woman was interested in becoming a Christian.  Spencer met with her many times over the next two years.  Over and over Spencer told her about sin, repentance, faith in… Continue reading Not Giving Up On A Sinner (Spencer)

Fanaticism Is Not Faith (Or: One Conversion Will Suffice)

Ichabod Spencer's A Pastor's Sketches is an excellent resource of a 19th-century pastor's deeply spiritual conversations with various people in his ministry.  In one journal entry, Spencer talked about a young woman who claimed to have been converted three times in a church that emphasized revivals, emotions, and experiences.  Her emotions and affections were excited,… Continue reading Fanaticism Is Not Faith (Or: One Conversion Will Suffice)