Tuesday, May 10, 2016 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Charles Ryle (1816-1900), the great conservative Anglican priest and prolific author who became the first Archbishop of Liverpool, England, in 1880. We will celebrate his bicentennial with a series of sixteen quotations from his writings. All of these quotation are from the Banner of Truth magazine, Issue 632 (May, 2016), an issue devoted, in its entirely, to Ryle.
Let us resolve to make special prayer, morning and night, every day that we live, for a more abundant outpouring of the Holy Ghost. We must never forget that the Holy Spirit, alone, is the author of spiritual success and the spring of spiritual life in a church. He, alone, can open the eyes of ministers who are now blind to their responsibilities. He, alone, can raise up new preachers of the gospel to fill the places of those who are removed by death. He, alone, can bless sermons when preached and make them life-giving to souls. Where He is, there will be health and vigor. Without Him, there can be nothing but dullness, formality, and death. O, let us pray more for the Holy Ghost! (p. 4)