Originally posted on chantrynotes:
No one could ever question his giftedness. From the very first he combined an incisive mind, brilliant communicative abilities, and a dynamic personality. Yet he was no pragmatist. He genuinely cared about right doctrine, and he energetically pursued both its study and its dissemination. As a young man he could have been the model for Bunyan’s young hero: Mr. Valiant-for-Truth.
As he preached, his evident talent quickly gained him a hearing, and at an early age he began a rise to prominence. In fact, it wasn’t long until others wanted to learn from him. Young men aspiring to the pulpit not only wanted to learn from him, they wanted to become him. His tics and mannerisms were copied, and soon his strengths and his weaknesses were reproduced in many churches. He became more than a pastor; he was the focal point of a new approach to ministry.
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