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Town and Country Sermons   By: (1819-1875)

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In Charles Kingsley's thought-provoking compilation, "Town and Country Sermons," the reader is exposed to a collection of spiritually enlightening sermons that challenge conventional religious beliefs and social norms. Through his powerful prose and engaging anecdotes, Kingsley manages to capture the essence of Christian faith and its application in both urban and rural environments.

One of the standout qualities of this book is the author's ability to blend philosophical concepts with practical examples from daily life. He effortlessly weaves together anecdotes about common village experiences and the struggles faced by those living in bustling cities. In doing so, Kingsley effectively highlights the universal nature of faith, making it accessible to readers from all walks of life.

Moreover, Kingsley's sermons delve into the complexities of morality and ethics, emphasizing the importance of compassion, social justice, and environmental stewardship. His sermon on the duty towards nature resonates particularly strongly in today's context, where the impact of human activities on the environment is increasingly evident. Kingsley's message endears readers to treat the natural world with care and respect, reminding us that our actions have consequences that extend far beyond our immediate surroundings.

Another noteworthy feature of "Town and Country Sermons" is Kingsley's ability to address controversial social issues with grace and tact. He confronts topics such as poverty, inequality, and the exploitation of laborers head-on, urging his listeners to recognize their inherent responsibilities as part of a larger community. His sermons serve as a call-to-action, instilling a sense of urgency and motivating readers to actively contribute towards positive societal change.

The language employed throughout the book is both articulate and profound, demanding the reader's undivided attention and leaving a lasting impact. Kingsley's eloquence is especially apparent in his vivid descriptions of nature and his ability to find spiritual significance in even the most minute details. By doing so, he urges readers to seek solace and inspiration in the world around them, fostering a deeper connection between humanity and the divine.

"Town and Country Sermons" by Charles Kingsley is a book that challenges readers to examine their beliefs, question societal norms, and strive for a more compassionate, just, and sustainable world. Through his compelling sermons, Kingsley provides a unique perspective on the role of faith in contemporary society, leaving readers feeling both inspired and challenged. Whether you reside in the hustle and bustle of a city or the tranquil beauty of the countryside, this book presents a compelling call to embrace spirituality and enact positive change.

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Transcribed by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk

TOWN AND COUNTRY SERMONS

SERMON I. HOW TO KEEP PASSION WEEK

(Preached before the Queen.)

Philippians ii. 5 11. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This the first day of Passion Week; and this text is the key note of Passion Week. It tells us of the obedience of Christ; of the unselfishness of Christ; and, therefore, of the true glory of Christ.

It tells us of One who was in the form of God; the Co equal and Co eternal Son; the brightness of his Father's glory, the express image of his Father's person: but who showed forth his Father's glory, and proved that he was the express likeness of his Father's character, by the very opposite means to those which man takes, when he wishes to show forth his own glory... Continue reading book >>




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