“What overwhelms me, as I ponder this and trace the lives of William Tyndale, John Paton, and Adoniram Judson, is how strategic it was that they died so many times and in so many ways before their lives on earth ended. This is no rhetorical flourish. The Bible speaks this way, and these followers of Christ knew it” (p. 13).
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About the Book
Tyndale. Judson. Paton.
The fifth volume in Piper's acclaimed The Swans Are Not Silent series illustrates powerful and enduring lessons through the missional sufferings of Tyndale, Judson, and Paton.
Jesus' words in John 12 are sobering: unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it will bear little fruit. The history of Christianity's expansion proves that God's strategy for reaching unreached peoples with the gospel includes the sufferings of his frontline heralds-the missionaries who willingly die a thousand daily deaths to advance God's kingdom.
Pastor John Piper's latest addition to The Swans Are Not Silent series focuses on this flesh-and-blood reality in the lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton. The price they paid to translate the Word of God, to pave the way for missionary mobilization around the world, and to lead the hostile to Christ was great. Yet their stories show in triplicate how the gospel advances not only through the faithful proclamation of the truth but through representing the afflictions of Christ in our sufferings.
First Edition 2009
Crossway Books (Wheaton, Illinois)
Table of Contents
Introduction – Tears of Blood to Bless the World
1. William Tyndale – “Always Singing One Note”—A Vernacular Bible
The Cost of Bringing the Bible to England
2. John G. Paton – “You Will Be Eaten by Cannibals!”
Courage in the Face of Fierce Opposition
3. Adoniram Judson – “How Few There Are Who Die So Hard”
The Cost of Bringing Christ to Burma
Conclusion — This Momentary Affliction for Eternal Glory
Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press
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- The Hidden Smile of God (book)
- The Legacy of Sovereign Joy (book)
- The Roots of Endurance (book)
- Biographical Sketch of John Paton (conference message)
- Biographical Sketch of Adoniram Judson (conference message)
- Biographical Sketch of William Tyndale (conference message)