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.

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