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From the Spring 2018 issue of Knowing & Doing:

An Encouragement to Read (or Reread) John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress

by J. Edward Glancy
C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow

 
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A Question from J.I. Packer

  I will conclude by quoting from the final portion of Packer’s 2004 essay on The Pilgrim’s Progress:
  Our rapport with fantasy writing, plus our lack of grip on the searching, humbling, edifying truths about spiritual life that the Puritans understood so well, surely mean that the time is ripe for us to dust off Pilgrim’s Progress and start reading it again. Certainly, it would be great gain for modern Christians if Bunyan’s masterpiece came back into its own in our day. Have you yourself, I wonder, read it yet?24 

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Notes:
1  Mark Galli, “Evangelical Distinctives in the 21st Century,” Christianity Today online, November 9, 2017, http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/november-web-only/evangelical-distinctives-in-21st-century.html.
2  Leland Ryken, Foreword to John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014), i.
3  Ibid., iv.
4  J.I. Packer, “Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1628–1688),” in The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Randall C. Gleason (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004), 183.
5  Derek Thomas, “City of Destruction: The Burden of Sin,” sermon from the series “Pilgrim’s Progress,” given at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, on June 5, 2005, https://www.fpcjackson.org/resource-library/sermons/pilgrim-s-progress-1-city-of-destruction-the-burden-of-sin. Thomas is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, SC. He was formerly Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Jackson, MS.
6  Eric W. Hayden, “Charles H. Spurgeon: Did You Know?: A Collection of True and Unusual Facts about Charles Haddon Spurgeon,” Christian History, Issue 29.
7  “Time with God: An Interview with J.I. Packer,” Knowing & Doing, Winter 2016, ques. 1, at http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/Time_with_God_An_Interview_with_JI_Packer_FullArticle.
8  Lane T. Dennis, Publisher’s Foreword to John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, updated version, ed. C.J. Lovik (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009), 12.
9  Packer, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” 198.
10  Ryken, vi–vii.
11  Quoted by John Piper in “To Live upon God Who Is Invisible: The Life of John Bunyan,” in John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014), xxxvi–xxxvii.
12  See Ryken, Foreword, i–ii.
13  At http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/630.
14  Ryken, Foreword, vi–vii.
15  John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress, updated version, ed. C.J. Lovik (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009).
16  Dennis, Publisher’s Foreword, 12.
17  John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014), 78.
18  Ryken, Foreword, v.
19  Ibid., vii.
20  C.S. Lewis, “The Vision of John Bunyan,” Selected Literary Essays, ed. Walter Hooper (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 149.
21  Leland Ryken, Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (Christian Guides to the Classics) (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014).
22  Ibid., 17.
23  Ibid., 78.
24  Packer, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” 198–99.

 

Edward Glancy was a member of the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Class of 2002-2003 and completed the Year Two program the following year. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1977 and received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1980. He served as an attorney with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 32 years, most of that time as Senior Attorney. He currently serves the C.S. Lewis Institute part-time as a volunteer.

 

 

 

 

Recommended Teaching Series:

Derek Thomas is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, SC. He was formerly Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Jackson, MS.
The following teaching series on Pilgrim’s Progress by Thomas are recommended:Two sermon series from First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS Derek Thomas – Pilgrim’s Progress (12 sermons, June to September, 2005) (these sermons cover Book 1 (or part 1) of Pilgrim’s Progress) — audio and transcriptions may be downloaded https://www.fpcjackson.org/resource-library/sermons/by-series/pilgrim-s-progress

Derek Thomas – Pilgrim’s Progress – Christiana’s Story (seven sermons, October to December, 2007) (these sermons cover Book 2 (or part 2) of Pilgrim’s Progress) – audio and transcriptions may be downloaded https://www.fpcjackson.org/resource-library/sermons/by-series/pilgrims-progress-christianas-story
 

Teaching series from Ligonier Ministries

Derek Thomas –The Pilgrim’s Progress: A Guided Tour (this series from Ligonier Ministries covers Books 1 and 2 (or parts 1 and 2); available as DVD, CD, video/audio download; a study guide is also available) (January 2014).
A Timeless Tale of Faith’s Triumph. The Pilgrim’s Progress, written by John Bunyan over 300 years ago, is one of the most widely-circulated books ever to be published in the English language. In spite of its popularity in the past, many people today are not familiar with this masterpiece. Join respected pastor and theologian Dr. Derek Thomas as he takes readers along this allegorical journey, showing that Christians have as much to gain from this book today as they did hundreds of years ago. With the available study guide, this is an excellent resource for individual or group study.)
https://www.ligonier.org/store/pilgrims-progress-guided-tour-dvd

 
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