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Charles Simeon of Cambridge — silhouettes and skeletons

By Julia Cameron
January 2014 | Review by Ben Epps
  • Publisher: The Lausanne Movement
  • ISBN: 978-1-899464-14-2
  • Pages: 48
  • Price: 6.95
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Charles Simeon of Cambridge — silhouettes and skeletons
Ed. Julia Cameron
The Lausanne Movement, 48 pages
ISBN: 978-1-899464-14-2
Star Rating : 4

John Stott’s spiritual predecessor, Charles Simeon, had arguably an even greater influence for good on the church of his day. This is an inspiring summary of the life and teaching of the vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, from 1782 to 1836.

We still have much to learn from Simeon, who studied the Bible for four hours a day, and preached nearly every day as well. Above all, he was committed to letting Scripture speak for itself. So he disliked Christian disunity, especially when it turned on human systematics that failed to recognise that Scripture often presents both extremes on any given topic (such as God’s sovereignty and human responsibility).

He pioneered evening services, home groups, mission to the poor, the training of ordinands, and a Sunday school which later became the CICCU, a founder member of IFES. His indefatigability also derived in some measure from his commitment to walking six miles a day!

All this biographical material is presented attractively, along with numerous footnotes, recommended web sites and books. Full of edifying quotes and stories, both about the man himself and his numerous protégés, there is plenty here for any Christian.

Ben Epps

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