Resources on History – Church

Love the Father and His Entire Household

By Charlie Wingard · July 10, 2014 · 0 Comments
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“Love the father of the family and you will embrace in your love and good will His entire household.” Today is the 505th anniversary of the French Reformer, John Calvin. A devoted pastor, he pleads with his flock to help, love, and pray for the Christian family nearby and faraway: Extend our hands to one another, Help one another we must, And especially we commend Our brethren to the providential care Of the best of Fathers. For if He is kind and favorable, Nothing else at all can be desired. This very thing, indeed, we owe To our Father. Love the father of the family And you will embrace In your love and good will His entire household. To His…

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“Change my weakness into power . . .

By Charlie Wingard · June 29, 2014 · 0 Comments
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A leader among French Protestants, Antoine de Chandieu (1534-1591) fled to Geneva after the bloodshed of St. Bartholomew’s Day and was added to the Company of Pastors. One of his prayers: “O God, you who are powerful and awesome, you who are always the same, look thus upon my captivity. Change my weakness into power, my fear into joy and confidence, my servitude into freedom.” – from Scott M. Manetsch, Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford: 2013), 58.

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Advice to a Friend

By Charlie Wingard · June 28, 2014 · 1 Comment
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Genevan pastor Simon Goulart (1543-1628) offers this advice to a friend: 1. Live with other people as if God were watching. Speak with God as if others were listening. 2. Endure with greatest patience what you are not able to change and walk with God (by whose authority all things occur) without complaining. Evil and wretched is the person who follows after the commander of Hell. 3. In times of activity as much as in periods of rest, all dimensions of life ought to be beautiful. 4. Commit your way to God. Hope in him and he will do it. Goulart adds: “[Only] eternal things endure.” – from Scott M. Manetsch, Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging…

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“Awakening: The Life and Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne

By Charlie Wingard · June 2, 2014 · 1 Comment
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  Last night I finished reading David Robertson’s Awakening: The Life & Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne, a fine account of the life of the godly and often quoted 19th century Scottish minister. I am personally indebted to McCheyne. For most of my adult life I’ve used and recommended his Bible Reading Calendar. I suppose there are other good plans for reading scripture, but McCheyne’s has served me well.

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Charles Simeon

By Charlie Wingard · March 18, 2014 · 0 Comments
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John Stott reflects on the life of Charles Simeon, one of my heroes of Christian ministry. In 1985 I ran across Simeon’s name for the first time while reading Stott’s Between Two Worlds. He referenced Simeon several times, so I bought Hugh Evan Hopkins Charles Simeon of Cambridge to learn more. Later I read the fine biographies of Moule and Carus, and many of Simeon’s sermons. During his 54 years at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge (1782-1836) some 1100 future ministers sat under his ministry. Distinguished historian Thomas Macauley observed that his influence was greater than any English bishop or archbishop. Any student preparing for ministry will benefit by studying the life of this remarkable pastor and preacher.

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Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

By Charlie Wingard · November 13, 2013 · 0 Comments
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No person contributed more to the development of Western Christianity than Augustine of Hippo, born November 13, 354. On this anniversary of his birth, why not read John Piper’s excellent biographical sketch?  If you would like to read some of Augustine’s works, begin with his Confessions, perhaps the world’s most influential theological and spiritual autobiography. My favorite biography is Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown. Last year, I reread this splendid book to prepare for my book club’s discussion of The City of God. I also read with profit Henry Chadwick’s Augustine of Hippo: A Life, a much briefer biography than Brown’s and an excellent introduction to his life and work. From Augustine: “Two cities have been formed by two…

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