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the Week of Proper 7 / Ordinary 12
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Bible Commentaries

Ironside's Notes on Selected BooksIronside's Notes

   

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Harry Ironside
Harry A. Ironside

Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951) was a prominent Canadian-American preacher, theologian, and writer, renowned for his evangelical work and profound influence on Christian thought in the early to mid-20th century. Born in Toronto, Canada, Ironside's early years were marked by hardship and a deep quest for spiritual truth. His family faced financial difficulties, and Ironside was introduced to religion through his devoutly Christian mother. Despite lacking formal theological training, Ironside's voracious reading and innate understanding of the Bible led him to start preaching at a young age.

Ironside's ministry began in the Salvation Army, but he soon became associated with the Plymouth Brethren, through which he found his theological home. His itinerant preaching took him across North America, where his profound biblical knowledge, eloquent speaking, and engaging writing won him many followers. Ironside was known for his clear, direct preaching style that made complex theological concepts accessible to a wide audience.

In 1930, Ironside became the pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago, where he served for almost two decades. His leadership period was marked by growth and a deepening of the church's evangelical mission. Ironside's literary legacy is vast; he authored over 100 books and pamphlets, focusing on biblical commentary, Christian living, and eschatology. His works, such as "Lectures on the Book of Revelation" and "Notes on the Book of Proverbs," remain influential in Christian circles.

Ironside's contribution to evangelical Christianity extended beyond the pulpit and the printed page. He was a passionate defender of the faith, engaging in debates and discussions that helped shape conservative Christian theology. His emphasis on the inerrancy of the Bible, salvation through faith in Christ, and the importance of living a holy life influenced generations of believers.

Harry A. Ironside's legacy as a preacher, teacher, and writer continues to impact Christian thought. His commitment to spreading the gospel and explaining the Scriptures with clarity and conviction made him one of the most respected Christian leaders of his time.

 
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