William Perkins and the Development of Puritan Preaching

Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. visits Christ the Center to speak about William Perkins’ role in the development of Puritan preaching. Pipa argues that Perkins’ overall influence and his book The Arte of Prophecying were significant factors in shifting the dominant Puritan model for preaching.


Perkins, William. The Art of Prophecying, or, A treatise concerning the sacred and only true manner and method of preaching. London: Printed by Iohn Legatt, 1631.

Pipa, Jr. Joseph A. Root and Branch. Evangelical Press, 1997.

———. The Covenant. Southern Presbyterian Press, 2005.

———. The Lord’s Day. Christian Focus, 1996.

———.Westminster Confession Of Faith Study Book: A Study Guide for Churches. Christian Focus, 2005.

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Glen Clary

10 years ago

Thanks brothers for this interview! More and more, I’m understanding how important Perkins was for the Reformed Church of England. Since the Cambridge movement, Perkins’s influence has been virtually ignored. There are some scholars today, however, who are attempting to correct this error. Bryan D. Spinks, for example, in his Two Faces of Elizabethan Anglican Theology: Sacraments and Salvation in the Thought of William Perkins and Richard Hooker demonstrates how much more influence Perkins had compared to some other theologians, including Hooker. Despite the claims of the Oxford and Cambridge movements, Perkins is the dominant face of Elizabethan Anglicanism. Thank you Dr. Pipa for your work!

Feeding on Christ » Blog Archive » Christ the Center Interview with Joseph Pipa

10 years ago

[…] We recently had the privilege of talking with Dr. Joseph A. Pipa about his doctoral dissertation, William Perkins and the Development of Puritan Preaching. It was an outstanding interview in which Dr. Pipa traced the influences on and contributions of William Perkins, a man who is arguably the most significant figure of the development of the Puritan movement. You can hear the interview here. […]

Jonny Keen

10 years ago

I did my minister internship with Joey-a real nice guy-peace

Feeding on Christ » Blog Archive » Pipa Lecture on William Perkins

10 years ago

[…] A. Pipa, on Christ the Center, regarding the preaching of William Perkins. You can listen to it here. Dr. Pipa wrote his doctoral dissertation on the preaching of Perkins at Westminster Theological […]


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