We introduce you to a ministry couple that faced challenges such as loneliness, physical affliction, controversy, and other trials together and continued in their love for each other and their heavenly vision. Listen to hear some of Charles and Susie Spurgeon’s story with Spurgeon scholar Ray Rhodes. We stand witness to the trauma and trials that this relationship thrived through and what we can learn and adopt from their example to strengthen our relationships today.
The children’s song “Jesus Loves Me” is often the first hymn we teach our children and missionaries teach new converts. It is profound and yet simple and today’s guest says a study of those lyrics speak the gospel. Listen as we visit with John Dickerson who takes us back to the basics of Christian orthodoxy using “Jesus Loves Me” and tells us why it’s so important to clarify and affirm the non-negotiable fundamentals of our faith.
Ray Rhodes, Jr. serves as founding pastor of Grace Community Church of Dawsonville, GA, and as president of Nourished in the Word Ministries. He has served four congregations over three decades of pastoral ministry and for fifteen years, he has led Nourished in the Word. Ray has published several books and holds theological degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is married to Lori and they are blessed with six daughters and four grandchildren. Ray has long been a Spurgeon enthusiast, and his doctoral thesis focused on the marriage and spirituality of Charles and Susannah Spurgeon.
John S. Dickerson is a seminary-trained pastor and bestselling author. A millennial with biblical convictions, he strives to communicate the unchanging truth of Scripture to a new generation. He is the lead pastor of Connection Pointe Christian Church in Indiana, is a recognized voice in American Christianity, and has spoken at some of the most influential churches and seminaries in the country. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and USA Today, among others.