BEULAH LAND; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan

Now I saw in my dream, that by this time the Pilgrims were got over the Enchanted Ground, and entering into the country of Beulah, whose air was very sweet and pleasant, the way lying directly through it, they solaced themselves there for a season.

THE ENCHANTED GROUND; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan

Does God want us to live like mice on the Enchanted Ground? Is it God’s will for his people to sleep their way to the Celestial City?

ENCOUNTERS ALONG THE WAY; John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (10)

As this stage of the journey was descriptive of Bunyan’s ministry, he was indicating that those engaged in public service must be especially on their guard against the consequences of flattery and where it can lead.

The Delectable Mountains; John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (9)

This place therefore represents the goal of Christian maturity that we all must aspire to, as we make our journey through the wilderness of this world.

GIANT DESPAIR & DOUBTING CASTLE; John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (8)

Leaving the path will always led us into despair and doubting.  One simple step of disobedience can have catastrophic consequences

VANITY FAIR; The Courage of Faithful – John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (7)

THE LIFE AND LITERAURE OF JOHN BUNYAN  Part 7 The Pilgrim’s Progress from this World to that Which is to Come; Faithful and Vanity Fair  After passing through the dark and dangerous Valley of the Shadow of Death, Christian overtakes Faithful, also a former citizen of the City of Destruction.  This lesson is a characterContinue reading “VANITY FAIR; The Courage of Faithful – John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (7)”

THE HOUSE OF THE INTERPRETER; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 3

THE REMAINING BURDEN  For some readers it seems surprising that after passing through the Wicket Gate, with the assistance of Good-Will, Christian’s burden remains.  We should not necessarily assume, however, that assurance is a blessing that every converted soul instantly receives.  Some struggle with the burden of assurance longing to be free of their horribleContinue reading “THE HOUSE OF THE INTERPRETER; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 3”

FROM THE CITY OF DESTRUCTION TO THE WICKET GATE; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 2

Bunyan is the master of the Christian allegory.  An allegory is a metaphor, a means of communicating a message by the means of symbols, like our Saviour’s parables.  The author begins by presenting himself as falling asleep while walking “through the wilderness of this world” and in his dream, he sees a man, the pilgrim called “Christian”, who as he reveals later was initially known as “Graceless”.

THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE PRESBYTERIAN

A Puritan Parable Archbishop Ussher had long wished for the opportunity to meet with Samuel Rutherford, the Scottish Presbyterian preacher. He reckoned that the Scot would not entertain him because he was an Episcopalian Bishop. Therefore while travelling from Ireland through south west Scotland, en route to London, he called at the Manse in AnwothContinue reading “THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE PRESBYTERIAN”