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Sermons That Shaped America

Reformed Preaching from 1630 to 2001

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Direct Price: $19.99 $15.00
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9780875520032
Publication Date 12/02/03

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A unique collection of 18 sermons that have been crucial in American history—from John Cotton in the 17th century to Tim Keller’s sermon on the September 11 tragedy.

Table of Contents

  1. John Cotton (1584—1652): “God’s Promise to His Plantation” (2 Sam. 7:10)
  2. John Winthrop (1588—1649): “A Model of Christian Charity”
  3. Cotton Mather (1663—1728): “The Loss of a Desirable Relative, Lamented and Improved” (Ezek. 24:16)
  4. Jonathan Edwards (1703—58): “The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God” (1 John 4:1)
  5. Gilbert Tennent (1703—64): “The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry” (Mark 6:34)
  6. Jonathan Mayhew (1720—66): “Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers” (Rom. 13:1—7)
  7. Ezra Stiles (1727—95): “The United States Elevated to Glory and Honor” (Deut. 26:19)
  8. Archibald Alexander (1772—1851): “A Sermon Delivered at the Opening of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States” (1 Cor. 14:12)
  9. Asahel Nettleton (1783—1844): “Professing Christians, Awake!” (Rom. 13:11)
  10. James Waddel Alexander (1804—59): “God’s Great Love to Us” (Rom. 8:32)
  11. Benjamin Morgan Palmer (1818—1902): “The Headship of Christ over the Church” (Eph. 1:22—23)
  12. John L. Girgardeau (1825—98): “Christ’s Pastoral Presence with His Dying People” (Ps. 23:4)
  13. Geerhardus Vos (1862—1949): “Rabboni!” (John 20:16)
  14. Clarence Edward Macartney (1879—1957): “Shall Unbelief Win? An Answer to Dr. Fosdick”
  15. J. Gresham Machen (1881—1937): “Constraining Love” (2 Cor. 5:14—15)
  16. Francis A. Schaeffer (1912—84): “No Little People, No Little Places” (Ex. 4:1—2; Mark 10:42—45)
  17. James Montgomery Boice (1938—2000): “Christ the Calvinist” (John 10:27-19)
  18. Timothy Keller (1950—): “Truth, Tears, Anger, and Grace” (John 11:20—53)


“In this one volume you can find some of the best of traditional Reformed preaching throughout the span of American history. It provides not only memorable sermons but also fascinating examples of historical change and continuity.”
George Marsden

“A most useful volume for modern preachers of the gospel. It still amazes me that many evangelicals have little or no understanding of the immense contribution that Reformed preaching has made to the United States of America. This wonderfully edited work will serve the church well.”
John H. Armstrong

“The sermons in this volume confirm that the Word of God preached has a supreme influence explained only by the power of Christ Jesus, Lord of life and history. May many preachers read and be encouraged, and may they return to their mighty task with diligence and passion.”
Joel Nederhood

“Any who desire to re-shape the world through the proclamation of the Word will find great inspiration in Sermons That Shaped America. These messages are trustworthy guides that provide fresh courage and confidence for the unique, and sometime lonely, paths God calls his preachers to walk today.”
Bryan Chapell