It just makes me so grateful for the Ephesians 4 Ministry gifts that God has given His church!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recording Trust are really spoiling us with yet another video of live footage of Dr Lloyd-Jones. This is a 15 minute documentary by the Doctor on one of his great heroes - George Whitfield.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
I was extremely excited to receive this video link on You-Tube from my dad yesterday. Both he and I have a great love for the Doctor's ministry and particularly his ability to combine Word and Spirit - orthodoxy on fire. Up until now my experience of him has been limited to hearing him speak on CD or tape - so it is incredibly moving to see him speak.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
I was saddened to find out today that Alex Buchanan was taken to glory at the end of last year. Alex Buchanan (for those who don't know him) was a fantastic man of God and a prophet who lived through the Charismatic Movement and had an incredible influence and encouragement on key men such as Terry Virgo and R T Kendall.
More personally Alex was an assistant pastor in Dunstable for a time while I was a child at New Covenant Church. He actually dedicated me and my parents told me that when he did - he prophesied over me. Alas they can't remember the detail of the prophecy but it's an inheritance that I hold dear - knowing that such a servant of God spoke words of life over me as a baby. Sadly for us as a church he left and moved on - but this was a good thing for the country as he became (as Terry called him); "A pastor of pastors".
Mum and Dad always remembered his preaching and ministry in Dunstable fondly - the sermon that they would talk about the most is one on the Song of Solomon. Alex saw this precious book biblically as key in representing the relationship between Christ and His Church. It's exciting to find out that ministry has been preserved on his website - "Musings on the Song of Solomon". One key truth about the book, he said;
"I suspect that many people avoid preaching from it because they do not have a sufficient grasp of the overwhelming and intimate love of God for His people, there¬fore they find that they cannot get to grips with it. Or some, especially men, are afraid of appearing sentimental or super spiritual if they speak too extravagantly about God".
I think this fear is behind the "sex manual" interpretation that Mark Driscoll and C J Mahaney hold on the Song of Solomon.
There will be a memorial service for him at Westminster Chapel on the 18th June at 2pm - with worship led by Graham Kendrick - which I shall be making every effort to attend. I think it will be a glorious time of remembering his ministry!