J. Stuart Holden

The Intolerant Christ – J. Stuart Holden (historic sermon 1874-1934)

"He that is not with Me is against Me."  --Matt. 12:30 There is something bewildering in the endless variety of Christ s character. The many-sidedness and withal the perfect symmetry of His life has always puzzled men even while it persuaded them. At one time He is the Man of gentleness, calling the weary and heavy-laden with a voice which thrills with sympathy and is irresistible in its wooing winsomeness. At another time He is the Man of sternness, denouncing insincerity with a voice now vibrant with passion, and flashing the light of a pure indignation upon all that is unholy and untrue. At one time it is His lowliness, and at another His loftiness which sets Him forth in compelling vividness as "not of this

The Blessedness of the Unoffended – J. Stuart Holden (historic sermon 1874-1934)

"Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me."  --Matt. 11:6 "These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended."  --John 16:1 One of the greatest perils of the Christian life lurks in the common pathway of discipleship. It is the peril of being offended in Christ. The fellowship to which the Gospel summons us inevitably inspires a constant new and humiliating discovery of self; an unvarying disturbance of established order in our lives, as His will corrects and opposes our own; and a ceaseless effort to attain to the ideal; that is, to make our lives as followers, increasingly correspond to His as Forerunner. The danger is just here that we are apt to break down under the test and training

The Peril of Accepting Second Best – J. Stuart Holden (historic sermon 1874-1934)

"He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls."  --Psalm 106:15 We frequently make the mistake of limiting the call of the Gospel to the initial alternatives which it presents. It sets before us Christ and His kingdom as against the world and its attractions; and urges upon us the necessity of choice. Indeed, all its pressure is directed toward making clear the fact that choice is unavoidable; and all its influence is exerted toward enabling us to choose worthily, courageously, and savingly. But when the will, conscience-prompted and stirred into action by the high emotion of the heart, has made the eternal choice, and has opened up life to the reign and rule of the Savior, only the first step in the Christian life