The Roots of Endurance (#03 in Swans Are Not Silent Series)
Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce Volume 3 of Piper's popular biographical series looks at the lives of three early Christians and their ability to overcome opposition with joy and humility. ...
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Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce
Volume 3 of Piper's popular biographical series looks at the lives of three early Christians and their ability to overcome opposition with joy and humility.
John Newton. Charles Simeon. William Wilberforce. They suffered lifelong opposition and endured it for the causes of gospel truth, missionary zeal and political justice. They found in solid doctrine and humble joy the tough roots for habitual tenderness in response to their adversaries - without doctrinal or moral flinching. They are trophies of remarkable grace.
In Volume 3 of The Swans Are Not Silent series, best selling author John Piper looks at the lives of these three great men and focuses on how they not only endured great opposition, but did so with joy and without bitterness. The lessons he draws show how to set a pace and finish the eternal race before us, encouraging every heart that it is possible to jump the hurdles in the way. These men were sinners just like us, but their example of refusing to yield to temptation or bitterness, and their downward growth in humility and upward growth in adoration of Christ, should serve as our inspiration.
Warm-hearted mini-biographies of John Newton, Charles Simeon and William Wilberforce, whose lives offer inspiration to the contemporary reader.
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.