The Shepherd’s Conference has finished with a bang by MacArthur. This years conference has been titled The Inerrancy Summit, and it has assembled a stellar gathering of speakers: Alistair Begg, R. C. Sproul, Steve Nichols, Ligon Duncan, Carl Trueman, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, Greg Beale, Derek Thomas, Al Mohler, Sinclair Ferguson, Iain Murray, Kevin DeYoung, and no I didn’t make this up.
Most of the sessions are on Vimeo, and more audio and video options will be coming later, I presume.
Iain Murray recently gave an address which overviewed the Puritans and the place they hold in history. If you’re not interested in Puritan history this is probably not going to be an enjoyable listen. Murray assumes the listener will have some general understanding of the Puritans, of who they are and what books they wrote. If you don’t, the names and book titles will begin to sound like meaningless noise.
One interesting note — Murray relates how the Puritan’s came to be known as the Puritans. They set out to reform, or purify, the Church of England. No news there. Their motivation for church reform was due to the prevalent idea in those days that a strong country was made strong by a strong, unified church. So under-riding their motivation to remain in the church of England was a desire to see a strong, unified national church.
Preaching at Sinclair Ferguson’s pulpit at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, Iain Murray looked at Genesis 3, where in light of the promise of death for sin, God stayed his hand of punishment and extended an amazing gift of grace to Adam and to mankind.
I’ve been listening back through some old 9 Marks interviews and I want to highlight one of the most impactful of these interviews. Iain Murray is a wealth of knowledge as it relates to church history of the past 200 years. He’s written numerous and well-research biographies of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Charles Spurgeon, Arthur Pink, Charles Wesley and others. He also began the Banner of Truth Trust and magazine by the same name. For many years he was an assistant to Martyn Lloyd-Jones. If anyone demands our attention in discussing contemporary church issues it is Iain Murray with his vast knowledge and wisdom.
There are many church movements today which are repeating the same mistaken ideas of the past that have been proven by time to be failures. Murray discusses the ministries of Lloyd-Jones, Pink and pulls some great lessons from Wesley that Calvinists need to take heed of. One thing that surprised me was the Wesley did not utilize the altar call. Wesley’s Methodists also have the distinct heritage of reaching Austrailia with the gospel when others could not.
Iain also discusses his two recent publications ‘Evangelicalism Divided’ and ‘The Old Evangelicalism.’ This is an interview you need to hear. Sinclair Ferguson said that a man who deeply trusts God will step out and do great things, and Iain has done just that in the faithful service of his life.
Iain Murray delivered 6 messages based on his recent book ‘A Scottish Christian Heritage.’ Murray is always a pleasure to listen to, and brings the wisdom of his vast knowledge of church history to bear in his sermons. The messages are:
John Knox and the Battle
Richard Bruce: Pulpit versus Throne
Progress Through Fire and Water
The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The Surprising Grace of God
The Holy Spirit and Assurance
Messages were delivered at Grace Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, Georgia.