HERE is a very awesome resource from the ministry of John Piper (a scholar and a gentleman) that I’ve been enjoying recently. There are about 25 sermon/biographies from Piper on some of the great heroes of the faith both anceint and modern; from Augustine and Athanasius to C.S. Lewis and Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones. They can all be downloaded as free MP3s. Piper goes into the details of their life and times, giving some helpful education on these historic figures, and brings in much application and soul-searching. If you enjoy listening to audio sermons, consider some of these biographies for powerful change of pace!
So far I have listened to the bios of John Owen, Robert Murray McCheyne, and George Whitefield, and have gotten a blessing from each. Try not to get discouraged that we will likely never measure up to these men, and rejoice that the same Spirit who raised them up is at work in our lives and our churches today!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12:1