Robert E Speer
This is a thorough yet easy-to-read biography of one of the major figures in Presbyterian & ecumenical church history. During the course of his forty-six-year career as Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the...
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This is a thorough yet easy-to-read biography of one of the major figures in Presbyterian & ecumenical church history. During the course of his forty-six-year career as Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Speer shaped church policy, increased Presbyterian funding of world missions, & influenced many church leaders, including Henry Sloane Coffin, John Mackay, & John D. Rockefeller Jr. Pastors, laity, professors, & students interested in the history of mission work & ecumenical relations will be interested in the life & accomplishments of this influential Presbyterian.
Robert E. Speer was frequently described by colleagues as a "prophet of God." A "prophet" can be a person who sees the future. Many believed he did that, in his vision of the role of women in the church, his conviction of the need for the churches to confront and help resolve racism, and his belief in the centrality of the ecumenical movement in the life of the church. A prophet can also be one who has a gift of spiritual insight. His gift was insight into the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Those things he foresaw most clearly he claimed to find in the Bible, in the teachings of Jesus. He discovered the way to the future by remembering Jesus Christ. He spent his life inviting and challenging others to do the same. John F. Piper, Jr., is Professor of History and Dean at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
This is a thorough yet easy-to-read biography of one of the major figures in Presbyterian and ecumenical church history. During the course of his forty-six-year career as Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Robert Speer shaped church policy, increased Presbyterian funding of world missions, and influenced many church leaders, including John D. Rockefeller Jr., Henry Sloane Coffin, and John Mackay. Pastors, laity, professors, and students interested in the history of mission work and ecumenical relations will be interested in the life and accomplishments of this influential Presbyterian.
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.