12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

12 Faithful Men: Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry


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Most pastors know when they enter the ministry that they will spend time helping others through times of suffering. What they usually do not realize, though, is that they too will suffer. Caught off guard, many of them end up deeply hurt and quit the ministry, deciding that perhaps they misunderstood God's call on their lives or that they simply do not have what it takes. But church history is filled with compelling stories of men who were profoundly afflicted while they carried out their ministry and yet persevered faithfully until death.

Now the editors of The Gospel Coalition have collected inspiring stories of twelve faithful men who endured great suffering for the cause of Christ. The stories of the apostle Paul, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Wang Mindao, and others show that suffering in the context of ministry is expected—and it's never wasted. Pastors and ministry leaders, as well as those who support them, will find in this collection encouragement to run the race with endurance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801077760
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Collin Hansen​, MDiv, serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of ​Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, and ​Young, Restless, Reformed. He serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School and as an elder at Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jeff Robinson, PhD, is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. He serves as lead pastor of Christ Fellowship Church of Louisville, Kentucky, senior research and teaching associate for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, and adjunct professor of church history at Southern Seminary. He is coauthor of To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Missional Vision and Legacy and coeditor of 15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ray Ortlund 11

1 Paul: Apostle of Pastoral Affliction Jeff Robinson 15

2 John Calvin (1509-64): Faithful in Exile W. Robert Godfrey Jeff Robinson 33

3 John Bunyan (1628-88): Faithful in Prison Tony Rose 47

4 Jonathan Edwards (1703-58): Faithful to the End Peter Beck 61

5 John Newton (1725-1807): Faithful amid Disappointment Tom Schwanda 75

6 Andrew Fuller (1754-1815): Faithful amid Heartbreak Steve Weaver 87

7 Charles Simeon (1759-1836): Faithful Shepherd to Hostile Sheep Randall J. Gruendyke 101

8 John Chavis (1763-1838): Faithful in the Face of Racism Darryl Williamson 113

9 C. H. Spurgeon (1834-92): Faithful in Sorrow Zack Eswine 127

10 J. C. Ryle (1816-1900): Faithful amid Personal Ruin Ben Rogers 139

11 Janani Luwum (1922-77): Faithful unto Death Dieudonné Tamfu 153

12 Wang Ming-Dao (1900-1991): Faithful amid Political Coercion John Gill 165

Notes 179

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