John Owen – The effect and strength of indwelling sin (short video)

John Owen (1616-1683)

John Owen was by common consent the weightiest Puritan theologian, and many would bracket him with Jonathan Edwards as one of the greatest Reformed theologians of all time. Born in 1616, he entered Queen’s College, Oxford, at the age of twelve and secured his M.A. in 1635, when he was nineteen. In his early twenties, conviction of sin threw him into such turmoil that for three months he could scarcely utter a coherent word on anything; but slowly he learned to trust Christ, and so found peace. In 1637 he became a pastor; in the 1640s he was chaplain to Oliver Cromwell, and in 1651 he was made Dean of Christ Church, Oxford’s largest college. In 1652 he was given the additional post of Vice-Chancellor of the University, which he then reorganized with conspicuous success. After 1660 he led the Independents through the bitter years of persecution till his death in 1683.

You can access a John Owens 36 video playlist on Youtube where you can listen to short (approx. 10 minute) readings of first chapters to some of John Owen’s books. There  are also  14 (10 minute)  videos (readings) to the entire book ‘The Mortification of sin in Believers’ by John Owen.

4 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. gabi bogdan
    mart. 06, 2011 @ 02:42:54

    I have Not read anything by Owen. I just need to do a little less blogging and a little more reading.. 🙂 . I like these short biographies …

    • rodi
      mart. 06, 2011 @ 14:44:52

      With the age of the internet, it is just a matter of choice (to feed the heart and soul).
      Used to be, you had to attend seminary to learn Christian history and apologetics, and it used to be that even if you wanted to buy Christian books to read, you couldn’t leaf through the pages to see if the subject would interest you or be helpful, so you took a chance when you ordered books. Now, we are blessed to learn without incurring high cost; so God has made it real easy for us to get to know more of Him, through the Bible first, and then through the saints that have gone before us and have finished the race with honor.

      I learn so much from every person whose biography and works I read! And did you notice what Carl Trueman said about John Owen, that he used to read even the church fathers that he disagreed with, in order to get a better understanding? And I like the fact that while he believed in God’s divine providence he did not pay homage to Calvin (a man). The Puritans are an interesting read anyways because of the similarities to our own Romanian beginnings of the Church.

      I only noticed this morning that I failed to load the right video at the bottom of this article, so I fixed it. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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