My Favorite Anglican: J. C. Ryle

My favorite Anglican (although now that he is in heaven I am sure he is a Presbyterian…just kidding) is J. C. Ryle. If all Anglicans were like Bishop Ryle (take note, N. T. Wright) the world would be more theologically and Biblically orthodox. This morning he blessed me (even 110 years after his death) with these words from Day by Day with J. C. Ryle:

“Just as the vine-dresser prunes and cuts back the branches of a fruitful vine, in order to make them more fruitful, so does God purify and sanctify believers by the circumstances of life in which He places them. Trial, to speak plainly, is the instrument by which our Father in heaven makes Christians more holy. By trial He calls out their passive graces, and proves whether they can suffer His will as well as do it. By trial He weans them from the world, draws them to Christ, drives them to the Bible and prayer, shows them their own hearts, and makes them humble. This is the process by which He ‘purges’ them, and makes them more fruitful.”

J. C. Ryle, May your tribe increase.



  1. Branson said,

    March 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    A much needed reminder that being in God’s will doesn’t always mean happy days and sunshine. But it does mean an end worth getting to.

  2. Beth said,

    April 8, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    JC Ryle is one of my favorite people. Can’t wait to meet him.

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