Sermons on Jeremiah’s Lamentations by David Dickson
RHB. / Napthali Press - 2020. d.w. 320pp.
This rare, never-before-published volume powerfully expounds a neglected book of Scripture. David Dickson carefully applies Lamentations in a time not only of epidemic disease, international turmoil, economic devastation, and persecution but also of revival. There are clear parallels with our own time, particularly the unprecedented circumstances of upheaval in the nations of the world. Dickson also deals with church decline and argues that its afflictions should cause us great sorrow. Yet he also shows how Lamentations gives those with such heavy hearts words with which to sorrow in hope. This edition has been carefully produced from notes taken by a member of Dickson’s congregation.
Table of Contents:
Introduction - Matthew A. Vogan
Sermons on Jeremiah’s Lamentations
1. Sermon 1 on Lamentations 1:1
2. Sermon 2 on Lamentations 1:2–5
3. Sermon 3 on Lamentations 1:6–8
4. Sermon 4 on Lamentations 1:9–10
5. Sermon 5 on Lamentations 1:11–14
6. Sermon 6 on Lamentations 1:14–18
7. Sermon 7 on Lamentations 1:18–22
8. Sermon 1 on Lamentations 2:1–4
9. Sermon 2 on Lamentations 2:4–11
10. Sermon 3 on Lamentations 2:11–14
11. Sermon 4 on Lamentations 2:15–22
12. Sermon 1 on Lamentations 3:1–13
13. Sermon 2 on Lamentations 3:14–21
14. Sermon 3 on Lamentations 3:21–24
15. Sermon 4 on Lamentations 3:24–28
16. Sermon 5 on Lamentations 3:24–30
17. Sermon 6 on Lamentations 3:30–38
18. Sermon 7 on Lamentations 3:39–40
19. Sermon 8 on Lamentations 3:40–44
20. Sermon 9 on Lamentations 3:44–54
21. Sermon 10 on Lamentations 3:55–66
22. Sermon 1 on Lamentations 4:1–4
23. Sermon 2 on Lamentations 4:5–11
24. Sermon 3 on Lamentations 4:12–20
25. Sermon 4 on Lamentations 4:20–22
26. Sermon 1 on Lamentations 5:1–7
27. Sermon 2 on Lamentations 5:8–22
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David Dickson (c. 1583–1662) served as minister at Irvine in Ayrshire and professor of theology at both Edinburgh and Glasgow. His commentaries continue to be highly prized for concise insight and application. His preaching was marked by similar powerful exposition, and he was considered the greatest gospel minister in Scotland at the time.
For over thirty years through Naphtali Press, Chris Coldwell has published fine-quality editions of Puritan, Presbyterian, and Reformed literature. He is also the general editor and publisher of The Confessional Presbyterian journal.
“You hold in your hands a rare treasure by a rare man who should be much better known—one of the most relevant books of Scripture for today, preached by one of the greatest preachers of yesterday.
“By one estimate, David Dickson trained as many as three-quarters of Scotland’s ministers in the mid-seventeenth century; and in an age of towering figures in pulpit and academy, Dickson proved a close mentor and colleague to many of them—statesmen like Archibald Johnston of Wariston, preachers like John Livingstone, and theologians like Samuel Rutherford. Such a résumé should arrest the attention of today’s Christians who may have overlooked him in the shadow of some of his more celebrated associates.
“Dickson’s revival preaching, careful commentaries, pastoral wisdom, and prophetic zeal for his national church earned him the praise of his generation. This magnificent collection of long-forgotten sermons on Lamentations now displays each of these rare qualities for the edification of a new generation. They once applied Jeremiah’s searching message to a congregation facing tumultuous times remarkably similar to our own: days of spiritual decline and government overreach in the church, days of plague and international upheaval. But today’s church doesn’t just need these published sermons from Dickson’s pulpit; it desperately needs preaching like Dickson’s in its pulpits. It is to be hoped that through them, Jeremiah’s timely call may awaken a slumbering church to repentance and a renewed commitment to gospel faithfulness in pulpit and pew.” — David G. Whitla, professor of church history, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania