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St Patrick the Evangelist

2010 March 18
by Tim V-B

It’s a bit late for a St Patrick’s Day post, but better late than never. Especially for someone as great as Patrick!  Despite the celebrations, Patrick’s greatest achievement was not to drink 10 pints of Guinness while dressed as a leprachaun.  He wasn’t even Irish!

I last mentioned Patrick two years ago.  This year I have some more good links:

Patrick of Ireland gives a good summary of his life.  I didn’t know Patrick wrote against slavery, but I do now.  On the subject of Patrick’s method of evangelism:

their methodology of evangelizing the pagans of Ireland has much to be commended for our day.  They lived in Christian community while living in close proximity to those who worshipped many gods.  By voice of their preaching and example of gospel living together in good works, Celtic Christianity spread rapidly over Ireland. Furthermore, they remained orthodox to the teachings of the Bible and the early creeds while living out this faith in a way very close to the lives of the Celts.

In this article, Mark O’Driscoll also describes Patrick’s method.  Patrick’s endeavours bore much fruit:

Patrick gave his life to the people who had enslaved him until he died at 77 years of age. He had seen untold thousands of people convert as between 30-40 of the 150 tribes had become substantially Christian. He had trained 1000 pastors, planted 700 churches, and was the first noted person in history to take a strong public stand against slavery.

Russell Moore explains what lessons evangelicals can learn from Patrick.

Over at The Fundamentals of Orthodoxy Peter Ould has an 8 minute video about St Patrick to want, from the creators of Veggie Tales!

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