Sick as a dog this week. So much so, I actually cancelled class on Wednesday. But this gave me time to get into a biography that’s been sitting on my shelf for over a year. A while back I stumbled onto a set of biographies on old Plymouth Brethren itinerant evangelists. The one I opened up this week was of James Campbell (1841-1903). Campbell served mostly in Northern Ireland, but also spend a fair amount of time in the United States. Of his preaching, the biographer writes:
The Lord gave searching and helpful ministry, the leading theme of which was the reality of conversion, which is a work of the Spirit of God, deep in the soul, in contrast to the superficial profession which everywhere abounds….Lifeless professors who had been regarded as “Christians” for long, lost their conversion, and some of them, after sore distress, were brought as confessedly lost sinners to Christ. Not to a verse or a doctrine, less still to a “decision” or a “stand for Christ” as sham conversions are often described, but to the Son of God Himself, to whom the Spirit of God ever guides the conscious and confessedly guilty sinner.
After a day of rest, I’m feeling much better; and after a day of being reminded of the old paths, feeling much encouraged.