John Henry Jowett
English Congregational pastor
Jowett was born in Halifax, England in 1864. "I was blessed with the priceless privilege of a Christian home," he later remarked. His love for reading manifested itself early as he spent his evenings in the town's Mechanics' Institute, devouring volumes from their library.
Jowett's father had arranged for him to begin working as a clerk for a lawyer in Halifax, but the encouragement of his Sunday school teacher, Mr. Dewhirst, turned Jowett's heart toward the ministry.
After theological training at Edinburgh and Oxford, Jowett assumed the pastorate of the Saint James Congregational Church. His six effective years of ministry brought him to the attention of the Carr's Lane Church in Birmingham, England, on the death of their pastor. For the next fifteen years the church grew and prospered. Their pastor's vision led them to increase their efforts to bring people to Christ. In 1917, the mayor of Birmingham said the church had changed the town with "crime and drunkenness having decreased."
Jowett came to America for the first time in 1909 to address the Northfield Conference founded by D. L. Moody. While in America he preached twice at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. The church immediately asked him to come as its pastor. Jowett refused, having received a petition, signed by more than 1,400 members of his church in England, begging him to stay. The Fifth Avenue Church called him again, and then a third time. Finally Jowett concluded that this was God's leading for his life. He assumed the pastorate in 1911.
Although his preaching style was not dynamic (he read all of his sermons), the depth of his knowledge, the clarity of his language, and the power of his life commanded respect. Attendance at the church which had dropped to 600 on Sunday morning rose to 1,500. Lines up to half a block long formed, waiting for unclaimed seats. Jowett began preparing his Sunday sermons on Tuesday, following a meticulously detailed schedule.
When G. Campbell Morgan resigned the Westminster Chapel in London in 1917, Dr. Jowett once again crossed the ocean to take a new church. This would be his final pastorate. Declining health forced him to give up preaching in 1922, and his death in 1923 took from the world one of its most gifted and dedicated preachers.
Works by John Henry Jowett
Brooks by the Traveller's Way contains 26 addresses written by English Congregationalist pastor, John Henry Jowett. The addresses were first published in the Examiner newspaper, but they appealed to so many readers that they were printed together in one volume to reach a larger audience. In this collection of addresses, Jowett shows Christians how to set their gaze on the Lord, allowing God to always guide them. Jowett encourages his readers to live a life of spiritual contemplation, and teaches them the value of "Ask." "Seek." "Knock." Brooks by the Traveller's Way encourages Christians to submit to God's will, trust in His love, and follow Him without hesitation. Jowett inspires readers to thank God for daily sustenance, the beautiful gifts in nature, and the ability to fellowship with church, family, and friends. These addresses serve as great reminders for Christians who have forgotten the many wonderful aspects of being in a relationship with Christ.
Epistle of St. Peter is a commentary written by English pastor John Henry Jowett on 1 and 2 Peter. He writes 18 entries on 1 Peter and 11 on 2 Peter, moving chronologically through the letters. He engages each verse of the section and attempts to further explain or add to what the Apostle Peter has written. Jowett explains metaphors and events, characterizes God, and outlines the commands given in the letters. This commentary will always remain fresh due to Jowett's clean and sincere writing and his attention to detail. This online edition also includes an index of scripture verses, making it easy to locate commentary on the desired verse.
John Henry Jowett was one of the most beloved preachers of the early 20th century. His sermons boasted a fine balance of practicality, expressiveness, and depth of knowledge; Jowett had a rare ability to relate to almost every congregant from his pulpit. The 1907 issue of British Weekly, after surveying its readership, ranked Jowett as Britain’s “most appealing preacher,” over and above even F.B. Meyer, G. Campbell Morgan, and others. The preacher published several devotional books, including The Friend on the Road. The book’s title, which references Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan, reveals the evangelical and service-oriented message of Jowett’s meditations. Inspirationally and personally, Jowett encourages Christians to exercise mercy, charity, hospitality, and self- sacrifice characterize even their everyday affairs.
John Henry Jowett was one of the most beloved preachers of the early 20th century. His sermons boasted a fine balance of practicality, expressiveness, and depth of knowledge; Jowett had a rare ability to relate to almost every congregant from his pulpit. The 1907 issue of British Weekly, after surveying its readership, ranked Jowett as Britain’s “most appealing preacher,” over and above even F.B. Meyer, G. Campbell Morgan, and others. Jowett’s The Passion for Souls is a must-read devotional book for any Christian sharing the Gospel, whether abroad, at work, or in the neighborhood. Christ called his disciples to be “fishers of men,” and Jowett reaffirms this calling for Christ’s modern disciples. He reminds Christians of what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus, and offers relevant wisdom acquired from decades of service.
"If I want a school where love is taught and revealed, I must seek the academy of Calvary!" This is the focus of John Henry Jowett's book School of Calvary. He strives to live his life with Calvary, the place of Jesus' death, always on his mind. Jowett outlines Christ's journey from the Last Supper to Easter Sunday in language that is flowery and beautifully chosen. Readers will quickly become aware of Jowett's intelligence and deep study of the subject, and will benefit from his gentle sentences and deliberate message. As a preacher, Jowett always wrote his sermons down in full, and School of Calvary has a similar feel. He was a dedicated minister who served a number of churches with his respectful and caring manner, and his writing reflects that. Readers looking for a new way of life will be interested in Jowett's Calvary-centered philosophy.
Sometimes we just need a pick-me-up. This collection of sermons by John Henry Jowett is perfect for believers who need a little joy in their lives. Each sermon is based on a Bible verse, and Jowett speaks on the cheerful aspects of the passage. Themes include the light of God, manna in the desert, Isaiah 40:31 ("They shall mount up with wings as eagles"), and resting in God. Jowett manages to preach happy and chipper sermons without sounding insincere or naive. These messages are a shining ray of hope in a dark world where Christians so often preach doom and gloom. Here readers will find comfort for everyday problems and assurance that something greater lies beyond this life.
John Henry Jowett was one of the most beloved preachers of the early 20th century. His sermons boasted a fine balance of practicality, expressiveness, and depth of knowledge; Jowett had a rare ability to relate to almost every congregant from his pulpit. The 1907 issue of British Weekly, after surveying its readership, ranked Jowett as Britain’s “most appealing preacher,” over and above even F.B. Meyer, G. Campbell Morgan, and others. In 1913, Jowett published Things That Matter Most, a collection of short devotionals. “In these days of incessant movement,” his preface reads, it serves us well “that we have interludes when the soul can correct her conscious and unconscious wanderings by the contemplation of the serene and majestic things of God.” Meditating on sin, grace, redemption, and developing the Christian life, Things That Matter Most gives readers a place to pause and listen for God’s voice.
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