Thoughts for Young Men

I am teaching a Wednesday evening series at church based on the book Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle. I like to remind our church that the truths in the book apply to all of us.

Ryle was an evangelical pastor and bishop. Spurgeon described Ryle as “the best man in the Church of England.” He lived from 1816-1900. Though Ryle was a well-educated scholar, having studied at Eton and Oxford, he preached and wrote with simplicity and strength. His insights as a wise, mature Christian with the experience of decades in ministry give his writings great value that transcends the generations.

Fortunately, many of Bishop Ryle’s works are available online at no charge. Here are links to Thoughts for Young Men in various digital formats:



Another tremendously helpful work by J.C. Ryle is his Expository Thoughts on the Gospels. Again, his writing is simple and powerful. While it may not be full of scholarly footnotes, Ryle states that he consulted all of the major commentaries from ancient writers to his time. Yet, the book is meant to be used for family devotions or for encouragement while visiting the sick. While I am preaching through the Gospel of Luke, I consult Ryle regularly, and always with profit. Here are some links:


Expository Thoughts on the Gospels – Matthew
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels – Mark
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels – Luke
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels – John


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