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Sunday, July 21st, 2024
the Week of Proper 11 / Ordinary 16
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Bible Commentaries

Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the GospelsRyle's Exposiory Thougths


New Testament

John Charles Ryle
John Charles Ryle

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) was an eminent English clergyman and theologian, most renowned for his clear and robust evangelical writings and sermons that continue to inspire and edify readers and believers around the world. Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Ryle's early ambitions did not initially include the ministry. It was only after experiencing a profound personal spiritual awakening while attending Oxford University that he felt called to serve in the Anglican Church. His subsequent ministry, which spanned over half a century, was characterized by a deep commitment to the authority of Scripture, the importance of practical holiness, and a passionate advocacy for evangelical doctrine within the Church of England.

Ryle's appointment as the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 marked the pinnacle of his ecclesiastical career, providing him a larger platform to influence the church and society. In this role, he was noted for his pastoral care, commitment to evangelical principles, and efforts to address the spiritual and social needs of his diocese.

Among Ryle's extensive literary contributions, his "Expository Thoughts on the Gospels" remains a cherished work for its insightful, accessible commentary on the life of Christ as recounted in the four Gospels. This series, along with his other writings such as "Holiness," "Practical Religion," and "The Upper Room," exemplify Ryle's ability to convey profound theological truths in a manner that is both understandable and applicable to everyday life.

J.C. Ryle's legacy endures not only through his written works but also through his influence on evangelical Christianity, advocating for a faith that is both deeply rooted in the truths of Scripture and lived out with integrity and compassion in the modern world. His teachings continue to resonate with those seeking to navigate the complexities of faith with conviction and grace.

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