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Saints Gone Before is a weekly audiobook style podcast in 10-20 minute episodes where we read Christian texts from across the history of the church. Some readings will be sermons, others will be letters, or hymns, or prayers, or books. All of them are public domain.
Episodes release every Monday morning!

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Saints Gone Before is a weekly audiobook style podcast in 10-20 minute episodes where we read Christian texts from across the history of the church. Some readings will be sermons, others will be letters, or hymns, or prayers, or books. All of them are public domain.
Episodes release every Monday morning!

    SGB 69: Isaac Watts - Holy Fortitude or Remedies Against Fear

    SGB 69: Isaac Watts - Holy Fortitude or Remedies Against Fear

    With a submission for the approval of the Midnight Society, we call this story “Holy Fortitude, or Remedies Against Fear,” a sermon by Isaac Watts. This sermon is number 31 in The Works of Isaac Watts D.D. in Nine Volumes, volume 1, published by Edward Baines in Leeds, England in 1812. You can search that PDF on archive.org if you’d like to read along. Watts lived in the late 17th through mid 18th centuries in Britain. You may already know him as a hymn writer who penned classics like “Joy to the World,” “O God Our Help in Ages Past,” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” as well as about 750 other hymns! Though he was also a theologian and the kind of philosopher who focused on the study of logic (even writing multiple books on the subject), this “Godfather of English Hymnody” preached as pastor of Mark Lane Congregational Chapel. Today’s reading is one of his sermons, based primarily on 1 Corinthians 16:13.
    Come back next time for a sermon by Lemuel Haynes.
    Suggestions for our next reading? churchhistorypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.
    Reader: Adam Christman
    Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman
    Produced and edited by Adam Christman

    • 49 min
    SGB 68: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 9

    SGB 68: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 9

    With an appreciated breeze, Saints Gone Before is proud to present part 9 of Hannah More’s Essays on Various Subjects. Today’s reading is the final entry in this series. Hannah More lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, living life as a writer, abolitionist, and so much more. We gave a brief biography of Ms. More and this text back in episode 60, but I also recommend Karen Swallow Prior’s biography Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More, published in 2014.
    Come back next time for Isaac Watts' sermon, "Holy Fortitude, or Remedies Against Fear"!
    Suggestions for our next reading? churchhistorypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.
    Reader: Adam Christman
    Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman
    Produced and edited by Adam Christman

    • 34 min
    SGB 67: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 8

    SGB 67: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 8

    With a minty freshness, we are proud to present part 8 of Hannah More’s Essays on Various Subjects, one I’ve been looking forward to reading with you. It’s the essay On the Importance of Religion to the Female Character. Ms. More lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, living life as a writer, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and evangelical moralist. For more information about Ms. More and this text, you can listen to episode 60 for a very brief overview, or you can read Karen Swallow Prior’s biography Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More from 2014.
    Come back next time for our final reading from Hannah More's essay collection!
    Suggestions for our next reading? churchhistorypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.
    Reader: Adam Christman
    Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman
    Produced and edited by Adam Christman

    • 20 min
    SGB 66: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 7

    SGB 66: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 7

    With a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine, I got a love, and I know it’s all mine, oh, oh whoa, we are proud to present part 7 of Hannah More’s Essays on Various Subjects, and this one has a long title. It’s the essay Thoughts on the Cultivation of the Heart and Temper in the Education of Daughters. 
    Ms. More was a writer, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and evangelical moralist. For more information about Ms. More and this text, you can listen to episode 60.
    Come back next time to hear her essay On the Importance of Religion to the Female Character!
    Suggestions for our next reading? churchhistorypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.
    Reader: Adam Christman
    Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman
    Produced and edited by Adam Christman

    • 33 min
    SGB 65: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 6

    SGB 65: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 6

    With a little summer rest behind us, Saints Gone Before are proud to present part 6 of Hannah More’s Essays on Various Subjects, the essay On True and False Meekness. Ms. More was a writer, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and evangelical moralist. For more information about Ms. More and this text, you can listen to episode 60.
    Come back next time to hear her essay Thoughts on the Cultivation of the Heart and Temper in the Education of Daughters!
    Suggestions for our next reading? churchhistorypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.
    Reader: Adam Christman
    Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman
    Produced and edited by Adam Christman

    • 16 min
    SGB 64: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 5

    SGB 64: Hannah More - Essays on Various Subjects - Part 5

    With the summer wind, come blowin’ in from across the sea, Saints Gone Before is proud to present part 5 of Hannah More’s Essays on Various Subjects, the essay on the danger of sentimental or romantic "connexions." Ms. More was a writer, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and evangelical moralist. For more information about Ms. More and this text, you can listen to episode 60.
    Come back next time to hear Hannah More's essay On True and False Meekness.
    Suggestions for our next reading? churchhistorypodcast (at) gmail (dot) com, or @OralHistoryPod on Twitter, or "An Oral History of the Church" on Facebook.
    Reader: Adam Christman
    Saints Gone Before created by Jonathan McCormick and Adam Christman
    Produced and edited by Adam Christman

    • 28 min

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