“Well then sinner, what sayest thou? Where is thy heart? Wilt thou run? Art thou resolved to strip? Get into the way; run apace and hold out to the end; and the Lord give thee a prosperous journey. Farewell,” John Bunyan
John Bunyan (1628-88) was arguably one of the most influential writers in human history. Consider the fact that after the undoubted supremacy in circulation of the English Bible, Bunyan’s classic allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, has commonly ranked second. This has led it to be called “the second best book in all the world.”
Even secular critics have agreed that this uneducated mender of pots and pans was a writer of uncommon genius. Raised during the turbulent seventeenth century in England, following conversion from an unsavory past, Bunyan began to preach and receive a welcome hearing. His first venture at writing at this time was a vigorous response to Quaker doctrine. Staunchly nonconformist, he was imprisoned for 12 years in the Bedford County jail for refusing to remain silent.
During imprisonment, Bunyan was not idle. He made shoelaces to raise support for his family and preached to the inmates. His spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, was written at that time, it becoming one of Bunyan’s several classics. However his magnum opus, The Pilgrim’s Progress, was also written while a prisoner, and then, following his release in 1672, was published in 1678.
Some eleven editions of The Pilgrim’s Progress were published during Bunyan’s lifetime, this popularity being stimulated by the enthusiastic readership of the common people. Then in subsequent centuries broader acceptance followed, even by such literary notables such as Cowper, Coleridge, Macaulay, Froude, etc.
In particular, The Pilgrim’s Progress has gained extraordinary universal acceptance, its style being both simple yet engaging in its ability to communicate vital biblical truth. However, as with other classic writings, modernity has taken its toll. Hence, there is a need for the communication of the truth, Bunyan so pasionately proclaimed, in a manner that, while not compromising with regard to truth or style, yet addresses this twenty-first century with clarity and timeless appeal. In this regard Dr. Barry Horner has spent many years in devising a method of communication that does reach the modern man, his infatuation more with visual media notwithstanding. Hence a seminar ministry, in conjunction with three related volumes, has gained an enthusiastic hearing. As a result, many testimonies have expressed deep gratitude for new found enlightenment concerning what biblical Christianity is all about.
Bunyan Ministries focuses on the influential writings of John Bunyan through a variety of means that have been initiated by Dr. Barry E. Horner. For many years, his seminars and published writings have illumined the biblical truth that the Bedford tinker has so attractively represented. Here details of this evangelical ministry are now available, including The Works of John Bunyan in a format similar to that of the three volume edition edited by George Offor and now published by The Banner of Truth Trust. Dr. Horner’s purpose is the communication of gospel truth, and not merely academic concerns that have captured the attention of many at a scholarly level. Dr. Horner is also pastor of Christ’s New Covenant Church, Tucson, Arizona, where he maintains a comprehensive expository preaching ministry of the Word of God.
Ministry Support & Development
Over a number of years, Bunyan Ministries has grown into the premier web site that honors the ministry and writings of the esteemed tinker of Bedford. Being a product of the seminar and writing ministry of Dr. Horner, recognition has come from around the world concerning the spiritual profit that has resulted. Further development of this web site is planned, including audio readings of The Pilgrim’s Progress by Dr. Horner according to his Accurate Revised Text, and yes, with a slight Australian twang! Other readings of Bunyan’s writings are anticipated. Then there will be further colorization of some of the older classic illustrations. Refer to the Graphics section, Miscellaneous, 12 and 13, as recent additions. Would you join us in prayer that God’s blessing might continue to be upon this ministry?
However, there are also increasing financial needs that Dr. Horner has to consider in the perpetuation of this ministry. As a result, should you feel led to support Bunyan Ministries financially, your gift would be especially appreciated. For further inquiries in this regard, do feel free to call Dr. Horner at (520) 867-6163, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to his home address, 15848 S. Via Puente del Valle, Sahuarita, AZ 85629.