Joshua Bradley – Accounts of Revivals from 1815-1818 in America

This account of revivals is from numerous publications and letters. This narration also includes a reading from an article in the 1838 Biblical Repertory from a pastor who was at the Kentucky revivals of 1800-1803 who also witnessed the physiological aberrations referred to as the jerks. Iain Murray details this revival in great detail in his work Revivals and Revivalism.

Accounts of Revivals from 1815-1818

Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Final – Fearful End of Ignorance

In this solemn lesson, the story of the casting out of Ignorance from the gate of heaven is explained. Quotes are given from Jonathan Edwards’s sermon Sinners in Zion Tenderly Warned, John Bunyan’s Barren Fig Tree, or the Downfall of the Fruitless Professor, and Samuel Davies, The Resurrection of the Dead. So as to not leave the hearers in despair, the lesson is finished off with a reading of The Holy War, Emmanuel Addresses the Inhabitants of Mansoul.

The Fearful End of Ignorance

Thomas Sullivan – The River of Death – Pilgrim’s Progress

In this lesson we examined why for some saints, crossing the great divide is fearful, why God seems to hide His face, and how to prepare for that solemn day. We mentioned the story: A death-bed dialogue: being a series of conversations between Mr. Shirra, 1724-1803 and Mr. Lister – a 27-year-old young pastor who feared he was only a hypocrite. That story is narrated and is also on this site.

Robert Shirra – Death Bed Dialogue Between Shirra and Thomas Lister 1789

The River of Death – Pilgrim’s Progress


Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress – Beulah Land

In this lesson, we look at the pilgrim’s entering into Beulah Land, a place where they could have a fortaste of glory and be at a distance from Giant Despair’s castle and The Valley of the Shadow of Death. We learned of the story of The Dairyman’s Daughter, who died in 1801, the death of Edward Payson, a story also from Archibald Alexander was read. Finally, I talked about a friend who passed away 4 years ago this week and what a remarkable servant he was, though he was a quadriplegic.

Bealah Land in Pilgrim’s Progress

Jonathan Edwards – The Sorrows of the Bereaved Spread Before Jesus

This is a funeral sermon for Pastor William Williams, the uncle of Jonathan Edwards 1665-1741. William Williams is the pastor who most likely beseeched Solomon Stoddard to appeal to Jonathan Edwards to be his successor at Northhampton. Interestingly, however, it was his sons – for example Solomon Williams – that turned against Jonathan Edwards in 1751 and were instrumental in removing him as the pastor.

The Sorrows of the Bereaved Spread Before Jesus

Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – The Character Temporary

The full title of this adult Sunday School lesson is Temporary and the Twofold Working of the Spirit. The Twofold working of the Spirit is the title of a chapter in A W Pink’s commentary on Hebrews where he details the work of the Holy Spirit upon the non-elect. It is also called “The Common Influences of the Holy Spirit. An examination of Thomas Goodwin’s treatise from Works Volume 6 “The Holy Spirit and the Temporary Believer” is also opened up with a story in this lesson also from Davis W Clark’s Deathbed Scenes, 1851 The Apostate.

Temporary from Pilgrim’s Progress