On this date, May 14, 1759, John Berridge preached under the “open air” for the first time. He was commended by John Wesley as one of the simplest and sensible of preachers. The story is told that when he was buried, he mandated that he be buried in the section of the graveyard where previously, only those who died dishonorably were buried. He wanted buried there so as to “consecrate” the ground.

The simple and sensible preacher

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