Free Presbyterian Publications is pleased to announce the release of this new title:
Eternal Reality – Sermons by Archibald Cook, 2015 [First published in Gaelic in 1916], hbk, 332pp, £19.50
Archibald Cook (1788-1865) was born in Arran, an island off the coast of Scotland. He was licensed to preach the Gospel by the Presbytery of Glasgow in 1822. His experimental and searching preaching saw him called to Inverness in 1837 and then, a year after the creation of the Free Church of Scotland, he accepted a call to Daviot, a few miles to the south. It was there that the sermons published here- in translation for the first time- were preached in Gaelic.
Mr. Cook made a deep impression on the church of his day and his influence spread across Scotland. One commentator said that “he lived daily as seeing Him who is invisible and with an eye to the eternity which stretched out before his spiritual vision.” B.B. Warfield said that what made Cook’s preaching acceptable and effective was “the intense reality of the man.” His preaching was described as having the “free mercy of God” running through it “like a vein of the gold of Ophir.” Cook emphasised closeness to God, urged separation from worldly activities and specialised in encouraging weak believers.
We are confident you will find this a most rewarding read: full of heart-religion; experimental preaching; and the shining light of the full-orbed Gospel. We find in these sermons a taste of the religion of the old times in Scotland; we would wish it would be the religion of the present times as well.
Testimonies to Archibald Cook’s Preaching
Benjamin B. Warfield “His preaching was of that pungent order best represented in our American pulpit, perhaps, by Dr. Archibald Alexander in which the appeal is characteristically to the conscience, and the prime quality of which is searching analysis of the state of mind of the sinner lacking and the sinner under the power of Grace…He felt keenly what sin is and made his hearers feel its dreadful evil and power: and he pointed them with the most winning appeal to the love of the sin-forgiving God as the source of all their hope.”
Neil Cameron “The people felt that they had in him a faithful servant of Christ- a true, unwavering friend that wept with them that wept and rejoiced with them that rejoiced, and one who lived and laboured for their everlasting benefit. They were convinced that they had in him a man anointed with the Holy Ghost, whose conversation shined before men.”
Alexander Auld “It was his power of seizing and depicting the various phases of the believer’s feelings and experiences- of helpfully dealing with their cases and mental exercises- that won their admiration and affection.”
Donald Sage “I question if there be any of the age in which we live who, in pure disinterested zeal, in holy abstractedness from the world, in vital godliness, or in exclusive devotedness to the external interests of the kingdom of heaven, more nearly approximates to the divinely trained disciples of Galilee than does Archibald Cook.”
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