John Angell James (1785—1859)
John Angell James (1785-1859)
John Angell James was an English Nonconformist clergyman and writer.
He was born at Blandford Forum. After seven years apprenticeship to a linen-draper in Poole, Dorset, he decided to become a preacher, and in 1802 he went to David Bogue's training institution at Gosport in Hampshire. A year and a half later, on a visit to Birmingham, his preaching was so highly esteemed by the congregation of Carrs Lane Independent chapel that they invited him to exercise his ministry amongst them; he settled there in 1805, and was ordained in May 1806. For several years his success as a preacher was comparatively small; but he became suddenly popular in about 1814, and began to attract large crowds. At the same time his religious writings, the best known of which are The Anxious Inquirer and An Earnest Ministry, acquired a wide circulation.
James was a typical Congregational preacher of the early 19th century, massive and elaborate rather than original. His preaching displayed little or nothing of Calvinism, the earlier severity of which had been modified in Birmingham by Edward Williams, one of his predecessors. He was one of the founders of the Evangelical Alliance and of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. Municipal interests appealed strongly to him, and he was also for many years chairman of Spring Hill (afterwards Mansfield) College. He was also an ardent slavery abolitionist, and is portrayed in the huge canvass depicting Clarkson's opening address at the world's first International Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840, in the National Portrait Gallery, London. He died in Birmingham.
A collected edition of James's works appeared in 1860-1864.
|Christian Hope||John Angell James|
|Christian Fellowship: The Church Member's Guide||John Angell James (1822)|
|The Sunday School Teacher's Guide||John Angell James (1816)|
|Christian Love, or the Influence of Religion upon Temper||John Angell James (1828)|
|Female Piety - The Young Woman's Guide through Life to Immortality||John Angell James|
|Forgiveness of Injuries||John Angell James|
|The Influence of Christianity on the Condition of Woman||John Angell James|
|The Humility of Love||John Angell James|
|CHRISTIAN LOVE||John Angell James, 1828|
|Spiritual Joy||John Angell James|
|Sorrow for the Death of Friends||John Angell James|
|Jewels from James||Choice devotional selections from the works of John Angell James. "I write plain truths, in plain language, for plain people."|
|John Angell James' Online Books||James (1785-1859) was a decided Calvinist in doctrine and beautifully balanced his convictions with practical piety in his life and his ministry. He preached and wrote to the common man and woman of every age group and station in life.|
|Dislike to Ministerial Faithfulness||John Angell James|
|John Angell James (1785—1859)||Practical Sermons|
|The True Christian||John Angell James (1846)|
|Ministerial Duties Stated and Enforced||John Angell James|
|The Necessity of Divine Influence to Make the Ministry Efficient||John Angell James, 1847|
|The Christian Father’s Present to His Children||John Angell James, 1825|
|John Angell James; a review of his history, character, eloquence, and literary labours||John Campbell|
|Youth Warned!||John Angell James|
|Spiritual Idolatry||John Angell James|