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George W. Truett Library, Volume 4: The Salt of the Earth

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The fourteen sermons in this volume are based on texts taken from the four Gospels, Acts, and Revelation. They demonstrate the fact that Dr. Truett always preached for and expected prompt decisions from his auditors for Christ and His Church. He never hesitated to press the claims of Christ upon eternity-bound souls. To him the present was ever the day of salvation, the kingdom of heaven was at hand for all who had eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to respond. He believed that the business of the soul, like the business of the king, required haste.

A few of the fourteen sermons in this volume include:

  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Alabaster Box
  • Ye Know Not What Ye Ask
  • The Unjust Steward
  • Christ and Human Suffering
  • Friends of Christ
  • Peter's Denial

About the Author

George W. Truett (1867-1944) was born in North Carolina and accepted Christ in 1886. In 1887, Truett founded the Hiawassee Academy in Towns County, Georgia, but followed his parents to Texas in 1889. The following year, Truett was ordained by Whitewright Baptist Church and soon thereafter Truett took the position of Financial Secretary of Baylor University. Truett began attending Baylor in 1893, began pastoring the East Waco Baptist Church the same year, and married Josephine Jenkins in 1894. Upon his graduation from Baylor, Truett accepted an invitation to pastor the First Baptist Church of Dallas. He remained in this position until his death in 1944.

Truett served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist World Alliance. He was a trustee of numerous institutions and was a frequently requested speaker at churches and universities. During World War I, he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to preach to Allied Forces; and, in 1920, he made his famous address, Baptists and Religious Liberty, on the steps of Congress in Washington D.C.

Numerous health, religious, and educational institutions have designated memorials to him, but, perhaps, the most famous memorial is that of Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Many sermons, addresses, and messages of Truett's have been published, and he is considered one of the most influential men of his time.


He is one of the most notable figures of twentieth-century Christianity - a man to whom, along with millions of Americans, I owe a debt in spirit.
Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman