Sunday, December 17, 2006

When Theory Becomes Practice

"[John] Fletcher of Madeley, a great teacher of a century and a half ago, used to lecture to the young theological students. He was one of the fellow-workers with Wesley and a man of most saintly character. When he had lectured on one of the great topics of the Word of God, such as the Fullness of God’s Holy Spirit or on the power and blessing that He meant His people to have, he would close the lecture and say, 'That is the theory; now will those who want the practice come along up to my room!' And again and again they closed their books and went away to his room, where the hour’s theory would be followed by one or two hours of prayer." (Rev. Hubert Brooke.)