DBG Weekend Spotlight (10-14-16)

Josh Buice

The sermon by John Piper at the 2016 T4G Conference is titled, “The Bondage of the Will: The Sovereignty of Grace and the Glory of God.” I commend it to you as a sermon worthy of your time.

Why I’m Willing To “Waste” My Vote – Is voting for a third party candidate a wasted vote?  Is a “wasted” vote really a waste?

Week #7—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Establish Peace – This is the 7th week in Jonathan Leeman’s class he’s teaching at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

You, Me, and the ESV – If you have a love for the ESV, you will likely want to read Tim’s article.

How to Quickly Find Every Rhetorical Question in the Bible – A helpful Logos Bible Software tip.

In Praise of Heavy Providences – Can we praise heavy providences?

Do Good Works Require Good Doctrine? – John MacArthur writes, “We live in a day when far too many Christians are conscientious objectors in the war for God’s truth. Rather than contending for the “faith which was once for all handed down” (Jude 1:3), theological pacifism is now the preferred approach.”

Theology Word of the week: This week’s TWW is focused on a person — Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899–1981). Although born in Wales, Lloyd-Jones completed his education at Mary-lebone Grammar School and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. A distinguished career as a physician lay before him when, after severe inner struggle, he committed himself to the Christian ministry in 1926. Following a notable pastorate at Aberavon (1927–38), he was called as colleague and then successor to G. Campbell Morgan (1863–1945) at Westminster Chapel, London. He played an early leadership role in the InterVarsity Fellowship and was also involved in the founding of such new evangelical agencies as the Evangelical Library, the London Bible College and the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

While he gave much time to helping students, ministers and missionaries, the pulpit was Lloyd-Jones’ most important work. By authoritative exposition and application of the Scriptures he sought to restore the true nature of preaching, rejecting the prevalent opinion that scientific knowledge had outmoded commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture (see also Infallibility). He saw faith in the word of God and dependence upon the Holy Spirit as the foremost needs in contemporary Christianity, and regarded human unbelief as moral rather than intellectual (see his Truth Unchanged, Unchanging, London, 1951). He reintroduced consecutive expository preaching with subsequent publications on The Sermon on the Mount (London, 1959–60), Ephesians (Edinburgh, 1974–82), II Peter (Edinburgh, 1983), and Romans (London and Edinburgh, 1970– ). But the majority of his preaching was evangelistic as he itinerated constantly for over fifty years (including Europe and the United States in summer vacations). Thoroughly committed to Calvinistic Methodism, Lloyd-Jones’ ministry did not harmonize with the prevailing religious ethos in Wales or England, and while constantly helping many evangelical agencies, his convictions on the importance of Reformed theology kept him from any full identification. He was, however, closely involved with a new doctrinal awakening commenced through the IVF, the Puritan Conferences and the Banner of Truth Trust (subsequently to be his principal publisher).

In his later years, faced with a general decline of Christianity in England, Lloyd-Jones called for the priority of evangelical unity above denominational loyalties. He did not propose a new denomination but urged the importance of the true unity of churches (which he hoped to see expressed in the British Evangelical Council) and warned that evangelical neutrality to the ecumenical movement was contributing to the spread of low views on saving faith.

Resigning from Westminster Chapel in 1968, he remained active in preaching and in the preparation of sermons for publication until shortly before his death. By his preaching and books he profoundly influenced the whole English-speaking world, as one who stood in the tradition of the Reformers and Puritans, Whitefield, Edwards and Spurgeon. Emil Brunner once described him as ‘the greatest preacher in Christendom today.’ [1]

  1. Sinclair B. Ferguson and J.I. Packer, New Dictionary of Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000), 392–393.
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Author DBG Weekend Spotlight (10-14-16)

Josh Buice

Pastor Pray's Mill Baptist Church

Josh Buice is the founder and president of G3 Ministries and serves as the pastor of Pray's Mill Baptist Church on the westside of Atlanta. He is married to Kari and they have four children, Karis, John Mark, Kalli, and Judson. Additionally, he serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching at Grace Bible Theological Seminary. He enjoys theology, preaching, church history, and has a firm commitment to the local church. He also enjoys many sports and the outdoors, including long distance running and high country hunting. He has been writing on Delivered by Grace since he was in seminary and it has expanded with a large readership through the years.