Pastor’s Post #31: “A TRIBUTE TO JOHN BUNYAN’S PILGRIM’S PROGRESS” (10/07/’17)

Second only to the Bible in its influence on Christians and Christian faith, is the book Pilgrim’s Progress. Written between 1667 and 1672 while its British author, John Bunyan, was in prison for his faith, the book was published in 1678, and – by the time of the author’s death ten years later – it had gone through 13 editions and sold over 100,000 copies. It has rightly been called “The most popular allegory in English literature. “

Today, in word and in music, I want to introduce you to this Christian classic – or, if you’ve read it – I want to remind you of its main themes. Frankly, I want to whet your appetite to read the book for yourselves in one of its many editions.   I’ll be assisted by Judy Rogers and Craig Pttman in their musical collection called Pilgrim’s Praise.   Along with Judy and Craig, you’ll hear Sir John Gielgud and Richard Pasco, in their roles in Christopher Palmer’s adaptation of Vaughan Williams’ A Bunyan Sequence. That adaptation was originally aired as a 1942 radio version of The Pilgrim’s Progress, with Matthew Best as the musical conductor.

Here’s a link to the program:

Yours in the King of Kings,
Pastor Bill