Octavius Winslow (1808–1878) was one of the most influential evangelical preachers in the English-speaking world during the Victorian era. Like his more famous contemporary, Charles Spurgeon, Winslow was famous for his experiential Calvinism that in many ways embodied the older puritan spiritual tradition. Winslow also had one of the more interesting spiritual pilgrimages of his era. After pastoring several prominent Baptist churches, including a congregation he established in the English city of Bath, Winslow left the Baptist tradition and became an Anglican priest. You might say he evolved from a Spurgeon sort of Baptist into a J. C. Ryle sort of Anglican.
Tanner Turley has recently published a fine study of Winslow’s preaching titled Heart to Heart: Octavius Winslow’s Experimental Preaching (Reformation Heritage, 2014). Tanner is a two-time Southeastern Seminary graduate who planted and now serves as lead pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Medford, Massachusetts. Heart to Heart is a revised version of Tanner’s excellent dissertation under preaching professors Danny Akin and Greg Heisler. I had the opportunity to read most of this material in dissertation form and am grateful that Tanner’s work—and Winslow’s life and thought—will gain a wider reading thanks to this book.
You can check out the table of contents below. You can also download the table of contents and introduction from the Reformation Heritage website. Thanks to Reformation Heritage for publishing this important book. We trust it will be a valuable resource for contemporary pastor-theologians who want to learn at the feet of an important historical role model.