"I often think...ministers are like watchmen—they see the fire and they give the alarm. Many of you are in danger as one in a burning house. Sometimes you wonder at our anxiety for you. Sometimes you say, "Why are you so harsh?" O, poor soul! It is because the house is on fire. O, then, can we speak too harshly'?—can we knock too loudly at the door of your consciences?" - Robert Murray M'Cheyne
This superb biography of Charles Petit McIlvaine is exactly what is needed at this time. Long overdue attention is at last given to one of the greatest and most gifted servants of Christ and country that this nation has produced. McIlvaine was a stalwart defender and advocate of Reformational orthodoxy in his day and an influence for righteousness and stability when the viability of the United States was in question. Restored to deserved prominence he can once again show the way to church and citizenry. The man himself is sympathetically and honestly portrayed with great pastoral benefit to those who read about him. The account of his faith and spiritual struggles is immensely encouraging. His efforts for the cause of Christ invigorate present day believers for the task at hand in contending for the truth of divine revelation.
LIVING ORACLES is an attempt to allow Holy Scripture to speak for itself so that the Savior is communicated as the central message, and that through Him, eternal salvation may be gained by those in whom the Holy Spirit generates the gift of faith in response to the Word.
About Roger Salter
Roger Salter was born and raised in Australia. He trained for the Anglican ministry at Trinity Theological College in Bristol, England from 1974 to 1979. Following ordination, he served in several parishes in the Church of England and transferred to Birmingham, Alabama in 1994. His life is enriched, and ministry supported by his Irish wife, Maurreen, his son, Alexander, and two daughters, Helen and Melanie.
Subsidiary to the preaching of the Word for its own sake, Roger Salter entertains the passionate hope that the Anglican Communion will wholeheartedly return to its foundation in Scripture and once again boldly confess its Reformational heritage without reservation or compromise. The Reformation of the 16th century, and the Great Awakening of the 18th century, are the high-water marks of Anglican history and inspire the plea that God will mightily use the Anglican tradition in the cause of the gospel in the not too distant future. May this sector of the People of God be instrumental in revival and reform.
"The Scripture is that wherewith God draweth us unto Him. The Scriptures sprang out of God, and flow unto Christ, and were given to lead us to Christ. Thou must therefore go along by the Scripture as by a line, until thou come to Christ, which is the way’s end and resting-place." - William Tyndale
"You know how strongly I assert all the doctrines of grace as contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith, and in the doctrinal Articles of the Church of England. I trust, I shall adhere to these as long as I live: because I verily believe they are the truths of God, and because I have felt the power of them in my heart." - George Whitefield
"We want nothing but the old truths rightly preached and rightly brought home to consciences, minds, and wills. There never has been good done in the world excepting by the faithful preaching of evangelical truth. The good that has been done in the world, however small, has always been done by evangelical doctrines." - Bishop John Charles Ryle