Yesterday marked the anniversary of the passing of my Granny, who had an immeasurable influence on bringing me to faith in Christ. Today we remember the passing of the uncompromising +J.C. Ryle.
Granny was a simple country gal from (the now inundated) Proctor, NC in the Great Smokies. Ryle was an Oxford-trained bishop of Liverpool and a prolific writer and preacher. But they share much in common.
"Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, 'I believed, and so I spoke,' we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence."
~ 2 Cor. 4:13-14 (from today's lectionary)