Archive for March 12th, 2013


Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

NOTE: This book just came off the press (March 2013) and was on sale and promoted widely during Shepherd’s Conference!  I thought it would be timely to put up this review. This was a very edifying read; one ought to purchase it for their pastor! The book makes the case that Luther must be understood as a preacher before all other roles that he had, whether it’s a theologian, professor or writer. I learned that Luther zeal for preaching was done while he was doing everything else in ministry and on any given Sunday he preached three to four sermons with the first service beginning at at 5 AM! He would preach a sermon every two days. While I have enjoyed other biographies on Luther in the past (see for instance, this recent post), what makes this particular book unique is that this book on Martin Luther as a preacher is written by Steven Lawson who is himself a powerful and passionate preacher. There’s nothing like a good preacher having the insight on another famous preacher. Lawson is not only a preacher but he has proven himself in the past to be a capable writer especially in the area of the history of preaching and this work doesn’t disappoint. For a work in which the body comes in at 122 pages, Lawson’s historical leg work is amazing with 324 footnotes total. The sources he cites indicate his familiarity with both secondary sources and English translation of primary sources on Luther. And he’s able to do this without making the book feel boring.  On the contrary, reading the book made me felt passionate about preaching especially when I got to chapter five on Luther’s passionate delivery in the pulpit. I couldn’t go to sleep until after three in the morning because I wanted to preach God’s Word as a result of reading this book!  I am a firm believer that true Christ-centered preaching that’s Biblically driven can’t be delivered as a mono-tone lecture–one must internalize the Word of God and let the Word set you ablaze with a conviction of it’s truth and power. I highly recommend the book for all readers.

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Greenville Presbyterian Seminary Spring Conference 2013

In the past I’ve enjoyed listening to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Spring Conferences, especially last year’s topic on Old Princeton.  This year, their focus is on the Doctrine of Man.  The doctrine of man has wide implications on this side of eternity and the next and affects the sphere of politics, apologetics and evangelism, etc.  I can’t wait for the audios to be uploaded.  For now, here’s the schedule listed from their website:

Tuesday : March 12

9:30 – 12:00 Open House at GPTS

10:30 – 11:15 Pre-Conference Chapel at GPTS (Cal Beisner)

11:15 – 12:15 Prospective Student Luncheon at GPTS

11:00 – 1:00 Registration Table and Bookstore Open at WRPC

1:15 – 2:30
  • Supernatural Creation of Man
  • Dr. Richard Belcher
  • Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, N.C.

3:00 – 4:15
  • The Covenant of Works
  • Dr. Guy Waters
  • Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS.

4:15 – 4:45 Question and Answer

5:00 – 6:30 Catered Dinner

7:00 – 8:30
  • Temptation and the Fall*
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation..
Wednesday : March 13

9:00 – 10:15
  • Red in Tooth and Claw? An Exegetical Evaluation
    of the Doctrine of Death Before The Fall
  • Rev. Matthew Holst
  • Minister of Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, Ga.

10:35 – 11:50
  • Thomas Boston and the Four-Fold State
  • Dr. Bill Vandoodewaard
  • Associate Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Visiting Professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

12:20 – 1:30 Catered Lunch

1:45 – 3:00
  • Imago Dei – Man, the Image of God
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman
  • Ethics Consultant for Worldview Resources International in St. John, IN.

3:30 – 4:15 Question and Answer

4:15 – 7:00 Dinner Break

7:00 – 8:30
  • Original Sin and Depravity*
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa
  • President of Greenville Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology..

Thursday : March 14

9:00 – 10:15
  • The Cultural Mandate and the Great
    Commission – an Integrationist Model
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman
  • Ethics Consultant for Worldview Resources International in St. John, IN.

10:35 – 11:50
  • Questioning the Philosophy of Science Used
    to Question the Bible’s Doctrine of Man
  • Rev. Gabriel Fluhrer
  • Organizing pastor of Shiloh Presbyterian Church near Raleigh, N.C.

11:50 – 12:20 Question and Answer


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