James Mcdonald’s preaching conference this year had John MacArthur and C.J. Mahaney as guest speakers. This was a valuable listen. Two must-listen to sessions are John MacArthurs message and the Q&A.
MacArthur preached a condensed version of his popular five series on the Prodigal Son — a powerful and clear look at the amazing love of God for man, and a surprising look at the Pharisees as the “faithful” brother.
The Q&A session is phenomenal. Most of it centered on MacArthur’s conviction on preaching and studying Scripture. Certainly, few men command our attention on the process of preaching as MacArthur does. He is a well-spring of hard earned wisdom in pulpit preparation.
MacArthur describes his entire process of study, revealing how he uses commentaries, and why he dislikes the vast amount of seminary journals (because they are responsible for most of the deviant ideas that have brought about the Openness of God and the New Perspectives on Paul).
MacArthur also defends himself of the criticisms of being harsh, ungracious, unloving and not carrying forward the spirit of Christ. He points to the Pharisees and says Christ was not loving and gracious toward them, and at the same time Christ never (at least recorded in Scripture) condemned the Roman religion. Christ was most virulent toward apostasy, and as one of the panel guests commented, Christ wasn’t very “Christlike” when he dealt with the Pharisees.
Very helpfully, MacArthur explains how he has shed his opinions, because as he studies Scripture, his cognition of the text grows a conviction, and then that conviction becomes an affection of his life. And this is how it should be for God’s people as Scripture and the Holy Spirit renews our minds.