The Beauties of Ebenezer Erskine (Christian Heritage Series)
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Ebenezer and Ralph Erskine were preachers in the 18th century who saw thousands revived and reformed under their ministry. Born at the end of the 17th century, their lives were disrupted by their father, Henry's, refusal to distance himself from the Covenanters. He was imprisoned for daring to continue his ministry. Poor health led to Henry's sentence being commuted to exile in England, enabling him to continue to preach in the border counties. Here God used him to bring a young Thomas Boston to faith. Both Ralph and Ebenezer were ordained into the Church of Scotland but Ebenezer was only converted after he was ordained. The difference in the effect of his sermons was remarkable. Thousands flocked to hear him from as far as sixty miles away. When he later ministered in Stirling the whole town was affected.