Gardiner Spring was born in 1785, attended Berwick Academy in Maine and later graduated from Yale University in 1805. In 1806 he married Miss Susan Barney and moved to Bermuda where he worked as a teacher while studying law. By 1808 he left that teaching position to be admitted to the bar in Connecticut, but within a short time came to explore a call to ministry, attending Andover Seminary from 1809 - 1810. His first pastoral call was to the Brick Church of New York City in 1810 and his entire ministerial career of 63 years was served at this post.
He was an industrious author, and wrote many works.
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A Plea to Pray for Pastors
Let the thought sink deep into the heart of every church, that their minister will be such a minister as their prayers make him.
If nothing short of Omnipotent grace can make a Christian, nothing less will make a faithful and successful minister of the Gospel!
If a people are looking for rich sermons from their minister, their prayers must su ...read
I. ESSENTIAL TRUTHS TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN
1. Subjection to Authority
Time and again, the Word of God calls us to be in subjection to authority. If there is a place where this call should be especially steady and certain, it is the family. And it is a happy family who cultivates this habit of subordination.
God ha ...read
Death and Heaven
A Sermon Preached at Newark, at the Interment of the
Rev. Edward D. Griffin, on the 10th of November, 1837
"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" 2 Corinthians 5:1.
"Come!" said the celebrated Addison, just before his death, t ...read
God's truth is always the same. Moses was as staunch a believer in the doctrines of grace as Paul; no, Paul himself refers to Moses as himself inculcating the great doctrine of God's discriminating grace. There are those who would sincerely have us believe that there is no such thing. So the devil taught our credulous mother, when, with impudent an ...read
Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character - Table of Contents
What must I do to be saved? How may I know that I am saved? It is obvious that these are two different questions, and it is just as clear that the Bible gives a specific answer to each of them.
In answer to the first question, the Biblical directive is unmistakable. One must repent of sin and believe in Jesus Christ the Lord if he is to be saved ( ...read
"The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time." Genesis 6:5
"The earth was corrupt and filled with violence; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." Genesis 6:12
It is one thing to describe human sinfulness, and another to defin ...read
Something Must Be Done (Part One)
"The priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the LORD into the court of the house of the LORD." (2 Chron. 29:16-17, KJV)
As we look back upon the past and forward to the future, a multitude of thoughts naturally rush upon our minds. But there ...read
The Attraction of the Cross - Table of Contents
by Gardiner Spring, 1845.
The story of the cross is related in the Holy Scriptures. They uniformly teach us to look upon Christ's death in a light totally different from that of any other person. They never mention it without emphasis, nor without admiration. When the great Ruler of the world was pleased to accomplish his purposes of mercy towar ...read
The Mission of Sorrow - Table of Contents
It must be a hard heart that is not touched with the sorrows of the bereaved. Our sympathy may give courage to the mourner, and relieve his solitude, even where it cannot alleviate his woes. Calamity in every form makes an appeal to every Christian mind for correspondent feeling, for fellowship, for counsel. The sorrows which for months past have i ...read