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Deserted Island with Lee Webb: A Pilgrim, a Puritan, and a Prisoner of War

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

Ligonier Ministries

Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, History

4.81.6K Ratings

🗓️ 2 August 2023

⏱️ 5 minutes

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Have you ever read a book so compelling that it felt impossible to put down? Today, Dr. Stephen Nichols invites the retired host of the Renewing Your Mind podcast, Lee Webb, to talk about several of his favorite books.

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Welcome back to another episode of Five Minutes in Church History. On this episode, we are finishing the conversation we started last week.


Sending Lee Webb to a deserted island with his top five books, we were right in the middle of book number three, John Bunions Pilgrim's Progress.


And Lee, you are gonna tell us what is your favorite part of the book.


Well, I was thinking about you when I was considering this book because I think my favorite part of this book is probably your favorite part because I've heard you reference it before.


And that's when Christian and faithful are making their way through vanity fair.


And remember that portion where Bunions says, but that which did not a little amuse the merchandisers was that these Pilgrims set very light by all their ways.


They cared not so much as to look upon them. And if they called upon them to buy, they would put their fingers in their ears and cry.


Turned away, mine eyes, from beholding vanity and look upwards, signifying that their trade and traffic was in heaven.


One chance, one of the merchandisers, chanced mockingly, beholding the carriages of the men to say unto them, what will you buy?


But they looking gravely upon him said, we buy the truth.


I so love that line, Lee. I mean, you can picture it in your head, right?


I always think about this, Lee. This is the 17th century he's writing this in.


How much more is our world vanity fair?


Oh my goodness. That's exactly what I was thinking, Steve. That's exactly what I was thinking.


Well, such a rich book, so many vivid episodes in that book, you'll enjoy it.


What's number four for you, Lee? Well, it would be a classic work by Thomas Watson, a body of divinity.


Yes. I do remember that Dr. Sproul did a series of lectures on Wednesday evenings at St. Andrew's Chapel some years ago.


And that was such a rich time. He would stand there in the pulpit and it was more of a casual setting that our worships are more teaching.


And he had a great deal of respect for Watson and this particular book.


I know that just last week you were speaking at a conference for Ligonier in California and your topic was Providence.


And I love Watson's treatment of Providence in this commentary on the Westminster shorter catechism.


He writes, does any affliction befall you? Remember God sees it that which is fit for you or it would not come.


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