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By Leslie D. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, except as may be expressly permitted by the Copyright Act or in writing from the publisher. Requests for permission should be addressed in writing to Abingdon Press, Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Formerly published under ISBN , , , , , , and Leslie Weatherhead in , a few months before preaching his series of sermons, The Will of God.
Inever met Leslie Weatherhead. I never heard him speak in person. But when people ask me which pastors have had the greatest influence on my life, he is one of the first I name.
He began his ministry as a missionary to India and ended it as one of the leading preachers of his time, not only in Great Britain but in the world.
Through his writings, he continues to speak to new generations. His books largely came from his preaching. He once wrote of preaching, When people gather to worship and listen, a minister must have a message fresh, timely, and, if topical, yet also part of the eternal truth about God.
His books, like his preaching, were an extension of his pastoral ministry. He wrote many of his books to answer questions that keep thinking people from embracing faith and to address doubts that most believers wrestle with from time to time. He provided such thoughtful and insightful answers that many came to faith, or had their faith restored, by reading his books.
In his preaching and writing, he hoped to help people follow Christ, to make sense of the world they lived in, and to live their faith in daily life. Weatherhead published more than forty books during his ministry. I have more than a dozen in my library, a couple of which are first editions. At times Weatherhead was lambasted by his critics. Some claimed his preaching was too liberal. Of course, liberal is a relative term.
If he was a liberal, he was an evangelical liberal. His greatest desires were to help nonreligious people find faith and to help Christians build a faith that could stand in the face of a changing world. He sought to challenge, comfort, deepen, and equip his readers. Of all the books Leslie Weatherhead wrote, the one you hold in your hands is his most widely read and influential. In its pages, over a million people have found help in making sense of theodicy—the tension between belief in a good and loving God and the reality of suffering in our world.
Forty years after his death, and seventy years after he wrote the book, it continues to provide some of the best answers to this age-old dilemma. I have given the book to dozens of people. It inspired me to write what I view as a companion to this book, similar in length and in focus: Why?
I hope and pray that this little book is as helpful to you as it has been to me. Here are five talks on the will of God, given to my City Temple congregation. My friends the Rev. Edgar C. Barton and the Rev. Leslie F. Church thought their publication might.
Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App. Length: 66 pages 1 hour. After City Temple in London was reduced to rubble, Rev. Leslie Weatherhead crafted five sermons on understanding the will of God to help his congregation endure religious doubt as their city—and church—crumbled around them. This revised edition of the classic book includes background information and photos of the historical setting that inspired this book, and a new cover and layout to refresh a timeless message—both for new readers and returning fans.
Related Categories. ISBN Formerly published under ISBN , , , , , , and Contents Contents Foreword Preface 1. Discerning the Will of God 5.
Leslie Weatherhead Dr. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Weak premise. This is a good book that I would recommend to anyone striving to answer the question "Why do bad things happen to good people"? I was really struck by the significance of this book - which is actually a compilation of sermons - given the context in which they originated - the 's.
Undoubtedly, Weatherhead's congregation was dealing with the reality of a brutal war on a daily basis. However, there were some parts of the book that I have issue with. Weatherhead uses "real world" examples to illustrate and support his opinion, but he goes an extra step relating his opinion to the life of Christ that is not supported with scripture and, in fact, seems to contradict old testament prophesy.
Had he not gone that extra step, I really don't think I would have had much issue with this book. Linguistically, I like the distinction made here between the "will" of God and the "intention" of God as well. It was a good out-of-the-box thinking exercise to break the "will" of God into the intentional, circumstantial and ultimate "wills" of God.
Will of God
The will of God , divine will , or God's plan is the concept of a God having a plan for humanity. Leslie Weatherhead says that the will of God falls into three distinct categories; intentional, circumstantial, and ultimate. God intends for people to follow his guidelines and do the right thing; God set the laws of physics and chemistry into play, and those circumstances will sometimes cause difficulties. That does not mean we should not struggle against circumstances to create God's ultimate will, a peaceful world dominated by love and compassion. In general, the deists believed reason to be an innate faculty of all people.
The Will of God
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