Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Life of Lloyd-Jones

The Life of Lloyd-Jones

A host of back issues of the Themelios Journal have been made available by The Gospel Coalition... for free.

There were some questions raised concerning D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at the Toronto Pastors Fellowship on Monday and so I am pleased to commend this little biographical sketch to you if you are unfamiliar with "the Doctor's" life.

The article was written by D. Eryl Davies on an unspecified date.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Toronto Pastors Fellowship - Reflections on Meeting One

The first meeting of the Toronto Pastors Fellowship took place yesterday – what a great day! We were delighted with the large and diverse population of attendees and thankful that so many found encouragement in the meeting.
I anticipate everything only “getting better” as we move along, especially as our rotation of speakers significantly improves from this point forward. Dr. Michael Haykin has graciously agreed to join us next month to discuss Christian, pastoral, personal spirituality and especially what we can learn from men of the past. I am personally thrilled Michael is able to come and look forward to correcting him (an inside joke for those who made the first meeting!).
We also have more things scheduled to give away (since we think pastors deserve encouragement) and another surprise we are working on. So, if you missed the first meeting, you will not want to miss the second.
The highlight of the day from my vantage point was watching all the folks from GFC quietly and happily serving. A number of them took time off work to be there and do everything from direct parking or make coffee or sit at the information desk. A close second to that sight was the mingling of men who were meeting for the first time... how I pray these relationships will be fortified and used of God to advance His work!
Please add TPF to your prayer list. It will be of no value if the Lord is not in it. The testimony of the men yesterday indicated He has been so far. Praise the Lord.

MLJ on the Authority of the Holy Spirit

“There was an old preacher in Wales about one hundred and fifty years ago who was invited to preach at a preaching convention held in a little town. The people had already assembled, but the preacher had not come. So the local minister and other leaders sent a maid back to the house where the preacher was staying to tell him that they were waiting for him and that everything was ready. The girl went and when she came back she said: ‘I did not like to disturb him. He was talking to somebody.’ ‘Oh’, said they, ‘that is rather strange, because everybody is here. Go back and tell him that it is after time and that he must come.’ So the girl went back again and again she returned and reported, ‘He is talking to somebody.’ ‘How do you know that?’ they asked. She answered: ‘I heard him saying to this other person who is with him, “I will not go and preach to those people if you will not come with me”.’ ‘Oh, it is all right’, replied the ministers. ‘We had better wait.’
The old preacher knew that there was little purpose in his going to preach unless he knew of a certainty that the Holy Ghost was going with him and giving him authority and power. He was wise enough, and had sufficient spiritual discernment, to refuse to preach until he knew that he had his authority, and that the Holy Ghost was going with him and would speak through him. You and I, however, often preach without Him, and all our cleverness and learning, and all our science and all our apologetics lead to nothing because we lack the authority of the Holy Ghost.”

Authority, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 88

The book contains the substance of lectures MLJ delivered in Ontario in 1957.