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Ready-Made Sermons

Patrons of might find the following anecdote from the life of Augustus Toplady of interest.

As Toplady was approaching ordination the famous incident occurred where he was approached by a well known bookseller when leaving the shop he was asked:

“Sir, you will soon be ordained. I suppose you have not laid in a very great stock of sermons. I can supply you with as many sets as you please. All originals: very excellent ones and they will come for a trifle.” imageToplady's response was that “I certainly shall never be a customer to you in that way, for I am of opinion that the man who cannot or will not make his own sermons is quite unfit to wear the gown.” The bookseller responded “Nay, young gentleman, do not be surprised at my offering you ready-made sermons, for I assure you I have sold ready-made sermons to many a bishop in my time.” Toplady responded by stating that “if you have any concern for the credit of the Church of England, never tell that news to anybody else from thenceforward for ever.”

The Church of England may have been in moral crisis, Toplady certainly was not.

Posted 2018·11·08 by David Kjos
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