Grace In Winter

Rutherford in Verse

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Weight 0.52 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 0.5 in
ISBN 9780851515557




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Jun 1, 1989

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By any standard, Samuel Rutherford was a remarkable Christian: as a pastor he was devoted to his congregation in Anwoth, Scotland; as a leading churchman he was selected in 1643 as a member of the Scottish delegation to the famous Westminster Assembly; as a scholar he was offered some of the most distinguished professorships in Europe; as a letter writer Samuel Rutherford stands second to none in the galaxy of those whose personal correspondence has appeared in published form.

Yet, perhaps the description which would have most encouraged and humbled Rutherford himself came from the lips of a visiting Englishman who said of him that he ‘heard a little fair man, and he showed me the loveliness of Christ’.

Rutherford knew that the heart of Christian experience is in union and communion with Christ. He saw, with the apostle Paul, that only those who share in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings experience the power of his resurrection. To him, joy in the Lord and suffering for him were inseparable elements of Christian experience. ‘Grace’ he wrote out of deep personal experience, ‘grows best in winter’.

In the pages of Grace In Winter Faith Cook has sensitively transformed Rutherford’s eloquent prose into the form of poetry, and provided cameo portraits of his correspondents. Grace in Winter not only gives pleasure and joy because of its poetry; it also shares the encouragement, comfort and wisdom of Rutherford’s own ministry.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Samuel Rutherford 15
  A Pastor’s Prayer  
  Wrestling to Believe  
  The Exiled Pastor  
  Heaven on Earth  
  Christ Altogether Lovely  
  Lady Kenmure 27
  The Thorny Hedge  
  God’s Strange Ways  
  True Consolation  
  The End of the Journey  
  Past Finding Out  
  Christ Shares His People’s Sorrows  
  God’s Purposes in Trial  
  The Pilgrim Path  
  The Last River  
  Fruits of Glory  
  Lady Boyd 42
  Joy and Sorrow  
  The Presence of Christ  
  Anticipation of Heaven  
  Immanuel’s Land  
  A Prayer for Revival  
  Marion M’Naught 51
  Unforgotten Prayers  
  John Gordon of Cardoness 55
  Earnest Entreaties with a Friend  
  Stray Affections  
  William Gordon of Earlston 60
  A Prisoner of Hope  
  Lady Culross 63
  An Absent Christ  
  The Banished Pastor’s Consolation  
  Lady Robertland 67
  Christ’s Secret Gate  
  John Kennedy of Ayr 69
  Die Well  
  George Gillespie 73
  To a Dying Friend Robert  
  Gordon of Knockbrex 77
  The Trial of Grace  
  Alexander Gordon of Knockgray 79
  When Christ Comes  
  John Gordon at Rusco 82
  This Vain World  
  Other Correspondents 86
  Christ’s Rough Serjeants  
  Through Brier and Bush  
  For Me to Live is Christ  
  The Greatest Temptation  



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