On November 12, 2013, Free Will Baptist pastor Paul Harrison launched ClassicSermonIndex.com, a website housing a vast collection of historical sermons. The 42,000 sermons date as far back as the second century and are indexed by primary biblical text for simple searching. Each sermon is cataloged according to its principal text, author, book title, and page number within the book in which it is found. The enormous collection continues to expand daily.

Sermons range from historically significant public executions to funerals and coronations. Among 20,000 sermons indexed by topic are sermons on dueling, slavery, the Boston Tea Party, and other period specific issues. No other work makes accessible such a broad range of quality sermons. The site features works by Augustine, John Calvin, Richard Baxter, John Donne, Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Johnson, Martin Luther, John Henry Newman, John and Charles Wesley, Catherine Booth, Alexander Campbell, B.B. Warfield, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Karl Barth, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc. Sermons by the presidents of Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Dublin, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, etc. are included.

The site contains a massive yet manageable amount of sermons that changed the world. Because the vast majority of the material is hyperlinked, the Classic Sermon Index is like having thousands of books neatly organized at one’s fingertips. An individual subscription for the Classic Sermon Index is $6.95, and organizational subscriptions are available on request. A 30-day free trial gives users an opportunity to explore the site.

About the Creator: Paul Harrison served as pastor of Cross Timbers Free Will Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1991 to 2013. He also served as adjunct professor at Welch College for 17 years, teaching church history and Greek. His work on the epistles of James and Jude appears in the Randall House Bible Commentary Series, and he has written many other articles for publication. He is a graduate of Welch College (B.A.), Middle Tennessee State University (M.A.), and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.D.). Paul and his wife Diane have two sons and a granddaughter.