What Happens When a Non-believer Takes the Lord’s Supper Seriously?

Sunday Afternoon Musings This week I have been rereading a short biography on the life of Charles Simeon. It’s the second bio in John Piper’s The Roots of Endurance (Crossway, 2002). Simeon was a British pastor (1754-1836). His mother died when he was very young, his father was an unbeliever and he was sent to … More What Happens When a Non-believer Takes the Lord’s Supper Seriously?

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Growing Downward While Looking Up

Saturday Musings John Piper describes Charles Simeon’s growth in grace this way: “he ‘grew downward’ in humility and upward in his adoration of Christ.” It was this dual and simultaneous growth that Piper attributes to Simeon’s never yielding to bitterness or to the temptation to never leave his congregation for 54 years. This, despite the … More Growing Downward While Looking Up

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Endurance: What Does it Take to Make You Quit?

Sunday Afternoon Musings Imagine a pastor whose congregation of wealthy members . . . refuse to come to church refuse to let anyone else sit in their pews remove chairs that are placed in the aisle so that standing visitors have to remain standing burn the chairs that someone else paid for for the visitors … More Endurance: What Does it Take to Make You Quit?

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Protecting Your Ear from the Things that Will Destroy You

Tuesday is for Preparing the Preacher I found an old journal today and this entry from 4-11-08: “Help me to be like Charles Simeon who made it his practice ‘never to hear, or see, or know, what if heard, or seen, or known, would call for some distasteful response from me.’ “ Still a great … More Protecting Your Ear from the Things that Will Destroy You

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Learning to Endure in an Emotionally Fragile World

Wednesday is for Prayer “In April 1831, Charles Simeon was seventy-one years old. He had been the pastor of Trinity Church in Cambridge, England, for forty-nine years. One afternoon his friend Joseph Gurney asked him how he had surmounted persecution and outlasted all the great prejudice against him in his many years of ministry. He … More Learning to Endure in an Emotionally Fragile World

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