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Around and about (with Lloyd-Jones and Spurgeon)

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I managed to sneak in a few hours at the Banner of Truth Ministers Conference in Leicester last week. I was unable to stay for more than a day, but heard a sweet sermon from Andrew Davies, what was for me a somewhat ungrounded disquisition on sin by the very engaging David Meredith, and a thought-provoking meditation from Garry Williams on the reforming church and what he labelled "false conservatism." I should point out that the latter two were probably not asked to deliver sermons, but the Banner could do with more preaching at these conferences. As usual, it was a particular pleasure to meet several old friends, and some newer ones.

One distinctive feature of my time away was the pleasure of meeting the film crew who are working on a documentary about the life and legacy of Lloyd-Jones, Logic on Fire. Matthew Robinson and Jon Yerby, two of the brothers working on the film, dropped by the church which I serve on the previous Lord's day and spend the day with us, which was a delight. A number of the great and the good (and one or two others!) had the opportunity to speak about the impact of Lloyd-Jones' on their own lives and labours. I look forward to seeing the finished product, and will pass on details when it is available.

Another pleasure was meeting Stephen McCaskell, a Patheos blogger and collator of the quotes in the book Through the Eyes of C. H. Spurgeon (Amazon.com / Amazon.co.uk). He is working hard on a film that will take us on a guided tour of the life of this servant of God: Through the Eyes of Spurgeon. I am eager to see what Stephen will produce, and it looks as if I may have some involvement, which will be fun. I hope to let you know how the project progresses. In the meantime, anyone eager to help out can make a donation.

"We must take it all"

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D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the unity of Scripture:
Higher criticism is man picking and choosing out of the Scriptures, believing what he likes and rejecting, or ignoring, the rest. It is man failing to submit himself completely and utterly to the whole of the Scriptures. And I believe that this is one of the most urgent problems confronting us today. There are even evangelical people who no longer believe the first three chapters of the book of Genesis. They are not believing all the Scriptures. But until we come back to a belief in all the Scriptures we shall be in trouble because we are setting ourselves up as authorities, and we are not competent to deal with the problems that face us. If we pick and choose, and believe this and reject that, we will ultimately have no authority whatsoever. We are so anxious to please the modern scientists, the modern educated people, that we have lost our gospel.

The Bible is a unity. We must take it all. It not only teaches us salvation, but it teaches us creation. It tells us now God made the world and how he is eventually going to restore the whole cosmos. If you begin to pick and choose from the Scriptures, you will soon end in a state of dejection. This is what the Christian church has been doing for so long, and it is not surprising that things are as they are. Here is our Lord telling these men [on the road to Emmaus], and I believe he is saying it to us today, that we must submit to the Scriptures completely, entirely, whether we understand them or not. Whether we can reconcile everything or not, we must submit to it. We must say that we believe this is the Word of God and we believe everything it says. It is history. It is an account of the creation and the fall. All these events that are presented as facts we must accept as facts; otherwise we shall soon be doubting the fact of Christ himself and even the very being of God. Here is our Lord's own analysis. There is a unity in the Scripture that must never be broken. There is a wholeness and a completeness, and it is only as we submit to this that we can look to the real solution to our problems.
Setting Our Affections Upon Glory: Nine Sermons on the Gospel and the Church (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013), 81. [A.com/A.co.uk]

Saddle sores

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Before Dr Trueman lifts his battered hindquarters out of the saddle to engage with Graham Harrison and Peter Lewis, might I offer a brief sop to his troubled soul?

I happened to be present when Graham Harrison delivered his material on the book, and - in his defence - his aim, while undoubtedly that of a man with a bias of affection and esteem for Lloyd-Jones, seemed to be that of clarifying certain assumptions made in the book which, in his opinion, were flawed. The review was given with the exceedingly dry humour characteristic of Mr Harrison, and should not be mistaken for unrelieved sourness.

And, before anyone charges Harrison with casting to the winds Trueman's alleged "scholastic Reformed Orthodoxy," I should point out that this is not Harrison's dimissive assessment, but rather Coffey's phrase for the school of thought that he believes Carl represents. As such, it is a reported assessment by Harrison, and it is first Coffey against whom cudgels must be lifted. (Whether or not, or to what extent and for what reasons, GH agrees with Coffey, I cannot say. And, lest I should appear non-committal in the matter, my own review of the book is here.)

As to the matter of whether or not MLJ was, or was not, a more or less clear proponent of Independency as opposed to Presbyterianism, surely the issue should be stated in slightly more robust terms than whether or not we prefer MLJ's perhaps vague advocacy of Independency to Carl's vigorous advocacy of full-orbed Presbyterianism? I might wish that MLJ had been clearer and more definite than he was, without endorsing the Presbyterian vision.

Anyway, having tried to clear the air, perhaps it is worth pointing out that this blog post should by no means be construed as some kind of 'safe conduct' for Carl Trueman. Should he take it upon himself to enter Wales (or, indeed, Illinois) at any point in the future, and subsequently be found to have suffered accordingly, I wish it to be entirely clear that I cannot answer for it.