Machen On Loving The Congregation

I know some preachers who are very good men, and very devoted to Christ, who seem somehow to let their Christianity make them cold and dead to all the movings of friendship. They do not outwardly lead the lives of hermits; on the contrary their greatest joy is to be serving Christ by preaching his word. Yet somehow there is an impenetrable barrier between them and other men. You always have the feeling that whenever they speak to you it is out of a stern sense of duty, in order that they may do you some good.” Read more»

J. Gresham Machen Machen’s Shorter Writings.


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  1. Great post, I am in the middle of listening to D.G. Hart’s audio series on his web site about Machen and have developed a great curiosity and desire to know even more about him. I have read Christianity and Liberalism but would like some other resources to get to know him better- any suggestions? You always have good stuff on this site- thanks!!!

    • Here are some titles to read by and about Machen:

      D. G. Hart, ed. Selected Shorter Writings: J. Gresham Machen (Phillipsburg: P & R Publishing, 2004).

      J. Gresham Machen, What is Faith? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1946).

      J. Gresham Machen, The Christian Faith in the Modern World (New York: MacMillan, 1936).

      J. Gresham Machen, Christian View of Man (Edinburgh: 1937).

      J. Gresham Machen, God Transcendent (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1949).

      N. B. Stonehouse, J.Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1954).

      D. G. Hart, Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America (P & R Publishing, 2003).

      Bradley J. Longfield, The Presbyterian Controversy: Fundamentalists, Modernists and Moderates (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991).

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