To Hear the Bridegroom's Voice by Anthony Esolen

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To Hear the Bridegroom's Voice

by Anthony Esolen

In September of 1770, George Whitefield, the Methodist preacher, was dying of congestive heart failure, but he prayed to God that he could preach one final sermon to the people of New England. That prayer was granted, which for Whitefield must have been quite a grace, given his passionate and animated style, and his utter conviction about the love of God. There was never anything Laodicean about that man. He suffered an attack of asthma the next day and died, a servant of God to the end.

He and the brothers Wesley had traveled the length and breadth of the colonies in the 1 . . .