Sermons for the principal festivals and fasts of the church year by Phillips BrooksSermons for the principal festivals and fasts of the church year by Phillips Brooks

Sermons for the principal festivals and fasts of the church year

byPhillips Brooks

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XXI. TRINITY SUNDAY. "Again, Hp sent other servants more than the first. . . . But last of all He sent unto them His Son."--Matt. Xxi. 36, 37. This is Trinity Sunday, and Trinity Sunday is in some sense the day of faith. It is the day of the soul's aspiration and ambitious desire to know all that it can know about God. There are two questions which it is possible for the believing man to ask about his faith. The first of them is not ambitious. It is overcome by the presence of difficulty and doubt and disagreement. It tries to reduce Christianity to the lowest and simplest terms. It asks, "How little may a man believe and yet rightly call himself a Christian?" There is a time for such a question. When the soul, puzzled about many of the details of its belief, still longs to keep hold of the sacred name, or when, aware that souls may doubt and differ much on special points and yet be one in spirit, we desire to feel ourselves in fellowship with just as many devout and earnest hearts as possible--at such times as these this question comes rightly enough: "How little may a man believe and yet be truly called a Christian?" It is the invalid's question: "How low can I let the fire of life burn down and yet not totally go out?" The other question strikes another note: "How mnch does my Christian faith give me a right to believe and know concerning God?" Do you not feel the difference immediately? That is an aspiring and ambitious question. It is a question full of force and hope. It is a question that opens a future. It is the question, not of the invalid upon his bed, but of the strong man with his armor on. However the first question may claim certain conditions for its own; however it may properly recur on some dull days, perhaps in some long, dull periods...
Title:Sermons for the principal festivals and fasts of the church yearFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217988113

ISBN - 13:9780217988117