S. Lewis Johnson, Expository Preacher

Many years ago John MacArthur was asked what preachers he listens to for his own joy and edification, and one of the men on his short list was S. Lewis Johnson. I had never heard of Johnson and immediately went looking for him. Johnson was involved in ministry for 45 years, a professor at a number of seminaries such as DTS and TEDS, and finished his days of ministry as the pastor at Believer’s Chapel in Dallas.

Johnson is a first-class Bible expositor and I have been blessed by listening to this faithful man preach the Word of God with clarity and power.

Since his death in 2004 the SLJ Institute has collected more than 1500 of Johnson’s sermons and is in the process of transcribing them.

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Shepherd’s Conference 2018 media

The 2018 Shepherd’s Conference media is now available at the Shepherd’s Conference page. The title of this years conference was “I Will Build My Church.” John MacArthur was joined by Al Mohler, Austin Duncan, HB Charles, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, Arturo Azirdia and Ligon Duncan.

2018 Shepherd’s Conference media >>>

NAMB & 9Marks Church Planting & Revitalization Conference 2017

9Marks and the North American Missions Board (NAMB) partnered with Send DC to hold a one-day conference on church planting and revitalization in DC.  This year’s focus was “Understanding the Basics for Planters & Revitalizers”.


  • Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks
  • Bobby Jamieson, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
  • Ed Moore, Senior Pastor, North Shore Baptist Church, Queens, NY
  • Nathan Knight, Senior Pastor, Restoration Church, Washington, DC
  • Brian Davis, Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philip Van Steenburgh, Senior Pastor, Grace Harbor Church, Cape Cod, MA
  • John Onwuchekwa, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta, GA

Church Planting & Revitalization Conference 2017 >>>

The 2016 Conference is here >>>

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Free Audiobook of the MonthChristian Audio’s free download for the month of January is Tony Reinke’s book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You.

From the website:

Drawing on the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed our lives—for good and ill. Reinke calls us to cultivate healthy habits for smartphone use in the digital age, encouraging us to be grateful for technological advance, develop skills aimed at maximizing the blessing that we (and others) can receive through our phones, and grow in the wisdom we need to avoid the many pitfalls that exist with such a powerful tool. 

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You >>>

R.C. Sproul Face to Face with Christ

Image result for r c sproulKnowing Scripture” was the first book that introduced me to the concept of hermeneutics back in the early 1990’s, and also introduced me to its author R. C. Sproul. I’ve always admired Sproul’s ability to teach difficult concepts so they are easy to grasp, and always benefited from his knowledge of philosophy and church history. “The Holiness of God” had a tremendous impact on my Christian faith as a young man, and will never forget how he taught ancient Hebrew emphasized words by repeating them. His illustration referenced Genesis 10:14 which states, “the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fell into pit pits.” Commenting on this verse Sproul wrote in his book on page 37,”

“…there are pits and there are pits. Some pits are pitier than other pits. These pits, the pit pits – were the pittiest pits of all. It is one thing to fall into a pit, but if you fall into a pit pit, you are in deep trouble.”

Sproul was setting up the significance of the seraphim calling out the repetition, “Holy, holy, holy” in Isaiah 6:3 to communicate the greatness of God.

In 2008, I was fortunate to have attended the Together for the Gospel Conference where Sproul gave one of his most powerful sermons “The Curse Motif of the Atonement” which I have returned to at least 3 times over the years.

One unique characteristic I appreciated in R. C. was his interest in the arts. He taught a series on the arts titled “Recovering the Beauty of the Arts” where he considers how art, music, imagery, literature, drama, cinematography, and architecture can be used by artists to the glory of God. He not only taught about the arts, he was a skilled practitioner. Sproul authored numerous children’s books and wrote theologically rich lyrics for worship music. One of my favorite songs is “Worthy is the Lamb” from the album “Glory to the Holy One,” composed by Jeff Lippincort.

Sproul also gave a rousing defense for artists to portray the humanity of Christ in images and drama and was the only one I ever heard make an appeal to Calvin and Luther for the use of images. R.C.’s argument is fascinating and can be found in the first Q&A session of the Ligonier 2014 National Conference “Overcoming the World.”

R. C. will be greatly missed. By God’s grace, R. C.’s ministry is well-preserved for future generations where he will continue to teach the Scripture and lead people to the Savior.

R. C. Sproul’s memorial service at St. Andrews

R. C. Sproul updated resource page at Monergism 


Why the Reformation Still Matters Free Audio Download

Free Audiobook of the MonthMichael Reeves & Tim Chester’s book “Why the Reformation Still Matters” is ChristianAudio’s free audio book download for the month of December, and only a few days are left!

Five hundred years after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, many people—Christians and non-Christians alike—view it as a conflict about issues that are no longer relevant to the church. But what if the Reformation still has something to teach us? What if the doctrines so vigorously debated and defended by the Reformers still matter today? In this accessible primer on the Reformation, Michael Reeves and Tim Chester introduce readers to eleven key questions raised by the Reformers. These questions continue to impact the church today—proving that the Reformation is much more than just a bit of history we can leave behind.

Why the Reformation Still Matters >>>

Reformation 500 Celebration

Ligonier’s Reformation 500 Celebration event is available for free download. The speakers include R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, Stephen Nichols, and Burk Parsons.

From the website:

The five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation calls for celebration and remembrance lest we forget this event and the doctrinal truths that sparked it. On October 30, 2017, Ligonier Ministries hosted a special evening celebrating the Reformation. Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Derek Thomas joined R.C.Sproul in covering the Reformation in brief messages that highlighted the gospel, what it means to have peace with God, the historical setting of the Reformation, and other topics.

Reformation 500 >>>

First Five Years 2017, 9 Marks Conference

Audio for the 9 Marks 2017 First Five Years Conference is available online.

From the website:

First Five Years is a 9Marks Conference meant to encourage and instruct new pastors.

If you’re new in your ministry—perhaps in the first years of a church plant, or beginning a pastorate in a new place, or still preparing for ministry in seminary—then this conference is for you. We would also love for seasoned pastors who devote themselves to training men for ministry to attend.

With brothers from around the country and beyond, 9Marks intends for First Five Years to provide practical counsel from God’s Word and to facilitate fellowship between new pastors.

First Five Years >>>

Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering, TGC 2016 Women’s Conference

The Gospel Coalition’s 2016 Women’s Conference was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from June 16 to 18, 2016. More than 7,000 women from all 50 states and 40 countries gathered together to study 1 Peter.

The conference, “Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering,” sought to show who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners.

Along with the seven main plenary sessions, we had more than 40 workshops and 30 focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including discipleship, sexual identity, abortion, mentoring, sexual abuse, raising children, faith and work, and more.

Speakers include Tim and Kathy Keller, Don Carson, Kathleen Nielson, Jen Wilkin, Rosaria Butterfield, and many more.

TGC 2016 Women’s Conference >>>