Sermons by Phillips BrooksSermons by Phillips Brooks


byPhillips Brooks

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... XIII. HIGHER AND LOWER STANDARDS. "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this Present World."--II Timothy iv: 10. Of Demas we know almost nothing except what is suggested in these words. Once in the Epistle to the Colossians, and once in the Epistle to Philemon, St. Paul alludes to him as his own fellow-worker, in tones of sympathy and love. Then in the Epistle to Timothy there comes this statement of his follower's defection. With so few facts to restrain us, we may give some play to our imagination. We may ask ourselves why and how it was that Demas turned back from the company of Paul, and gave himself to "this present world." It may have been mere lightness of nature, which grew weary of the severe and lofty life which the apostle lived. On the other hand, there may have been something more than that. Demas may certainly have been a man of some degree of seriousness. I can think of him as being first drawn to Paul and Paul's Christ with real enthusiasm. His heart was touched. His mind was fascinated. Lo! here was something greater than the ordinary life. Here was the true life of man. I can imagine him thinking that for a long time, and then I can imagine a misgiving creeping in upon him. "After all," I can picture him saying to himself, " what is this life of Paul, my master? Is there any hope that he can make the world that which he thinks it ought to be? Is he not striving for an impossibility? Is he not before his time? Is he not so far apart from common standards that all his teaching and work must be only a powerless episode, out of which, when it is over, no permanent result can come? Will not the true, the healthy, the practical man rather seek the best standards of his time and live in them?" With thoughts like these, I can conceive this vague...
Title:SermonsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021704784X

ISBN - 13:9780217047845