James Durham

(1622-1658)

Durham was a diligent minister who was searching but careful in his sermons. Renowned for eminent godliness and humility, he was also able to resolve complex questions and issues.

He was a minister for only eleven years but left a considerable number of writings. While expounding the Book of Revelation from the pulpit, he devoted two days each week for fasting and prayer. This was to seek divine help for a correct understanding of its meaning. He expressed simple trust on his deathbed. “For all that I have preached and written”, he said. “There is but one scripture I can remember or dare grasp…‘Whosoever cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out’”.

The Kind of Prayer No one is Too Busy For

Prayer can be offered anytime, anywhere. Short, silent prayers produce a sense of God’s presence and our dependence on Him. They help maintain and stimulate our spiritual life.

How to Listen to a Sermon

How to Listen to a Sermon

Wouldn’t it make a vast difference to our hearts, lives, families and churches if we benefited more from preaching? James Durham gives some helpful advice for how to benefit from hearing the Word preached.

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How to Live Without Regrets

How to Live Without Regrets

The life motto “no regrets” often buries conscience and refuses to be impacted by guilt. But the only way to truly live without regrets is to take conscience as seriously as possible. Living like this is “heaven upon earth”.

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Don’t Despise Old Books

Don’t Despise Old Books

If we are prepared to learn from contemporary Christians why not from those in the past? Let’s hear James Durham make the case for making use of older books.

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What We Lose By Living in Denial About Death

What We Lose By Living in Denial About Death

It seems as if our culture tries to pretend that death doesn’t exist, even though it is a central part of human experience. Perhaps it has influenced the Church. But there are real spiritual benefits from thinking about death.

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What Do We Mean By God’s Presence?

What Do We Mean By God’s Presence?

Is God’s presence purely a subjective sense that borders on a mystical feeling or being emotionally charged? Is it a particular experience or atmosphere? James Durham draws out what the Bible has to say about it.

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6 Ways the Gospel Calls for Holiness

6 Ways the Gospel Calls for Holiness

Holiness is a gospel priority; it is a gospel-shaped life. James Durham shows how the gospel calls for holiness in six ways. To fail or be defective in any of them makes our life to that extent to be unfitting the gospel.

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Is the Moral Revolution Over?

Is the Moral Revolution Over?

It seemed like a moral revolution was taking place when licentious behaviour was being challenged publicly. But it didn’t last long and didn’t go far enough. We desperately need a real moral revolution in relation to the seventh commandment.

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Why Lies Spread Faster than the Truth

Why Lies Spread Faster than the Truth

What is it in human nature that is drawn to sharing falsehood? It’s so easy for any of us to rush to engage with it. James Durham speaks about the honest, simple and straightforward attitudes and behaviour we need.

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The Ultimate Test for a Sermon

The Ultimate Test for a Sermon

James Durham brings us back to the One whose words are Spirit and life and who is able to use the words of those whom He has sent. This is an encouragement for preachers who are discouraged.

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Have We Lost the Ten Commandments?

Have We Lost the Ten Commandments?

Some Christians are in danger of losing the Ten Commandments because they fail to acknowledge their Godward aspect. We need to understand how deep and broad the Commandments are in relation to our inward and outward lives.

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