Great themes in Puritan preaching
Compiled and edited by Mariano Di Gangi
The Puritans, though often caricatured in modern
days as narrow, gloomy and austere, were those with
a deep and vibrant faith whose high view of the
Word of God distinguished them as serious students
of the Scriptures. Their preaching was marked by
careful exegesis of the great themes of the Bible and
the practical application of these doctrines to the life
of their hearers. Puritan divines such as John Owen,
William Gough, Thomas Watson, John Flavel,
Richard Sibbes, and many others, were used of God
to powerfully preach the riches of the Messianic work
of Christ, the new birth, repentance, justification,
sanctification, assurance, and many other foundational
In this volume, Dr. Di Gangi brings together the words and writings of some of these Puritan
preachers and presents a summary of Puritan preaching on the great themes of the Word of
God. May this book be used to revive in our hearts a love for biblical truth and a desire to see
the Scriptures faithfully preached and applied in our day.
About the author: Mariano Di Gangi was raised in New York in a family of Italian immigrants, all converted
in 1930 by God's amazing grace. He graduated from Brooklyn College, Westminster Theological Seminary,
The Presbyterian College (Montreal), and received his D.D. from Gordon Conwell Divinity School. Dr. Di Gangi
has served at pastorates in Montreal, Hamilton, Philadelphia (Tenth Presbyterian Church) and Toronto. He
also served as President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, International Chairman of Interserve
(Central Asia) and Professor of Pastoral Studies at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto.
Puritan preaching was wonderfully clear, painstakingly precise, doctrinally meticulous - but
above all, thoroughly biblical. Dr. Di Gangi has done a superb job of outlining and summarizing
the dominant themes in Puritan preaching. You will learn much from this volume.
JOHN MAC ARTHUR, President of Grace to You Ministries
Dr. Di Gangi writes simply, accurately, and winsomelyâ€”here is savory provision for both the
beginner and the scholar of Puritan studies. And every believer will find great assistance in
these pages for Christian faith and living.
JOEL R. BEEKE, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
A tour de force on Puritan preaching designed to do at least two things: to teach us of the
centrality of preaching in Puritan piety, and to convince us of its value in our own world. This
fine book proves for Christians what we should already know, but often fail to adequately
grasp: preaching matters! A marvelous accomplishment!
DEREK W.H. THOMAS, Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary