Last Saturday's Stott reading was on John 17 (page 238 of Through the Bible Through the Year). He writes of it in part:
[It] is one of the profoundest chapters of the Bible. Whole books have been written to expound it. Thomas Manton, for example, at one time Oliver Cromwell's chaplain, preached forty-five sermons on it it. When published in a book, it ran to more the 450 pages.
I didn't know who Thomas Manton was, but got a start here. Following a link from Wiki, I tracked down his "works' to this site. I did not buy the whole set. I kept looking and found that I could buy the book on John 17 alone here, at the publisher's web site.
(The publisher, Sovereign Grace Publications, describes itself as a "Primitive Baptist Bookseller." My great-great grandfather, on my mother's side, a Lanford, was a Primitive Baptist minister.)
The book came yesterday. I can't get past the first two pages of the first chapter, which is on the first verse of John 17. I am not having trouble with the 17th century Puritan prose. It is what Manton exposes so clearly. I have to stop and think about it, and then talk about it to Carol. (Who is a marvelous listener.)
John 17 is "the Lord's Prayer." The one that Jesus taught his followers has been better described as "the Disciples' Prayer." I believe it.
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