Wednesday, November 07, 2007

More Lloyd-Jones: Clean Power

I’m still working my way through the two volume biography of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones published by Banner of Truth. I’ve also been enjoying John Piper’s biographical messages recently. In the past week or so I’ve listed to Piper’s message on Calvin, Luther, and Lloyd-Jones. They are simply excellent and worth taking the time to listen to. I've downloaded all his biographies and am now listening to them as I commute to and from work. Piper quotes a section of the Lloyd-Jones biography in the message that I had just read in the past week. It’s very interesting.

[They] saw a neighbour, who had been a well-known spirit-medium in Aberavon, abandon the only livelihood which she knew, for the gospel. Every Sunday evening she had been paid three guineas—quite a large sum in those days—for leading a spiritist meeting. Then one Sunday when she was ill, and unable to go out, her attention was attracted to the numbers who were passing her house on the way to Sandfields. The very sight of these people, and their evident anticipation, awakened a desire in her to attend a service herself. This she did, to be herself transformed and thereafter to live a consistent Christian life until her death. Included in the testimony which she subsequently gave to the messenger who had led her to Christ were these remarkable words: ‘The moment I entered your chapel and sat down on a seat amongst the people, I was conscious of a supernatural power. I was conscious of the same sort of supernatural power as I was accustomed to in our spiritist meetings, but there was one big difference; I had a feeling that the power in your chapel was a clean power.’

Piper goes on to show that Lloyd-Jones could have done a better job of encouraging his people to pursue the gifts of the Spirit, but this is why we have been given many teachers. Each helps us pursue in a different way.

Here is a listing of all the biographies the Piper has given and that are available on his website. I've listened to more than 3/4 of them and have not been disappointed yet. I highly recommend any of them.

Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Vision
Andrew Fuller’s Broadsides Against Sandemanianism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Global Unbelief

Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Vision (Spanish)
Fe Santa, Evangelio Digno, Visión Mundial

Always Singing One Note—A Vernacular Bible
Why William Tyndale Lived and Died

Contending for Our All
The Life and Ministry of Athanasius

George Mueller's Strategy for Showing God
Simplicity of Faith, Sacred Scripture, and Satisfaction in God

How Few There Are Who Die So Hard!
Suffering and Success in the Life of Adoniram Judson: The Cost of Bringing Christ to Burma

Peculiar Doctrines, Public Morals, and the Political Welfare
Reflections on the Life and Labor of William Wilberforce

John Newton: The Tough Roots of His Habitual Tenderness

You Will be Eaten by Cannibals! Lessons from the Life of John G. Paton
Courage in the Cause of Missions

To Live Upon God that Is Invisible
Suffering and Service in the Life of John Bunyan

The Swan is Not Silent
Sovereign Joy in the Life and Thought of St. Augustine

The Divine Majesty of the Word
John Calvin: The Man and His Preaching

Martin Luther: Lessons from His Life and Labor

Charles Spurgeon: Preaching Through Adversity

The Chief Design of My Life: Mortification and Universal Holiness
Reflections on the Life and Thought of John Owen

J. Gresham Machen's Response to Modernism

Insanity and Spiritual Songs in the Soul of a Saint
Reflections on the Life of William Cowper

A Passion for Christ-Exalting Power
Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Need for Revival and Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Oh, That I May Never Loiter On My Heavenly Journey!
Reflections on the Life and Ministry of David Brainerd

Brothers, We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering
Meditations on the Life of Charles Simeon

The Pastor as Theologian
Life and Ministry of Jonathan Edwards

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