The Many Deaths of Adoniram Judson

The Many Deaths of Adoniram Judson

John 12:24–25 records these words from Jesus:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

In other words, a fruitful life comes from this: dying like a seed in what looks like hating your life in this world. This is the legacy of Adoniram Judson, America’s first foreign missionary, who died so many times and in so many ways.

Today, on the 163rd anniversary of Judson's physical death, we direct you to two resources that might encourage you:

  1. John Piper's biography of Judson, available as a free eBook.
  2. This 6-minute video overview of legacy of Judson and how that connects to the mission of Desiring God.


At Desiring God we’re eager to see lives changed by the millions all over the world. To do this, we need faith-filled partners who have a passion for our mission.

If you have benefited from Pastor John’s teaching, I invite you to join us by creating a monthly donation. All financial gifts are deeply appreciated, but recurring donations are uniquely helpful for our planning process. It's a simple, yet incredibly strategic way to partner with us.

Scott Anderson (@anderson_scott) is the Executive Director of Desiring God.