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The e-book A.B. Simpson: His lifestyles and paintings unearths the biography of evangelist and founding father of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
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One of his life long characteristics was a love for history. It is said that he and his brother had read Gibbon’s Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire while mere children. ” This prize, open to first and second year students in theology, was tenable for two years. The scholarships and prizes which he won were of great financial assistance. The modest remuneration given for student supply in the summer added to the little store. He had to fall back on tutoring in the winter. Even then he was sometimes in sore straits.
He did not take a full course at the University. He had popular gifts of a high order, and I opine was eager to get into the field where he could exercise them, and was sure he would forge his way to the front. I was his senior, being graduated in 1863. In that summer, after Simpson’s first year in theology, he was assigned to do some work as a student supply. I had recently been licensed and contemplated postgraduate work in Edinburgh after the summer’s work in the field. During part of the time we alternated.
However, the secret of his creative life was related to the spiritual crises into which he came. Aware of the fact that while he preached and taught the deeper things of the Word of God, his own heart had not experienced them until the day he took from the shelf and read from an old musty volume on the subject of the fuller Christian life. It was not a conclusion at which he arrived, but a revelation to his consciousness. His theology then became a fire in his heart. With this unveiling came the burden for the spiritual life of the church of God and the evangelization of the lost.