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Steven Lawson. John Knox: Fearless Faith.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, November 2014. 126 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Of all the major Reformers John Knox is one that I probably know the least about.  It was therefore a delight for me to read this book on John Knox by the preacher and biographer of preacher Steven Lawson.  One would expect this work would have been part of the series of “A Long Line of Godly Men” which the author is the editor for but this work was instead published by Christian Focus as a stand-alone work and I suspect it is because Steven Lawson has been greatly impacted by John Knox and wanted to write about Knox even though someone else contributed to the John Knox volume for the “A Long Line of Godly Men” Profile Series.  What follows in this review is a summary of the chapters of the book followed by my thoughts of the contents of the book.


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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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Shepherds ConferenceShepherds Conference is an annual Pastor’s Disneyland filled with good preaching, worship, food and fellowship…and of course books and lots of it.

Here’s some pictures:

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photo (5)Of course for more professional pictures not taken by us, click HERE.  Also check out Gospel Living’s pictures here.

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For those who are interested in this conference for Pastors, Elders and church leaders, visit the website by clicking HERE.  Unfortunately, this year RC Sproul won’t be able to attend.  Line ups include John MacArthur, Steve Lawson and my favorite, Al Mohler.

Al Mohler

Below is this year’s Schedule and line up:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

8:00 am Registration
10:00 am General Session 1 – John MacArthur
11:30 am Lunch*
1:30 pm Seminar Session 1

Glass Houses
Why Spiritual Leadership Must Begin at Home
Chris Hamilton
Faith at Work
Equipping Your People to Be Witnesses in the Workplace
Mark Tatlock
The Noble Lie
Is It Ever Right to Bend the Truth?
Michael Grisanti
The Heart of the Matter
Getting to the Core of Effective Biblical Counseling
Carey Hardy
Grace, Good Works, and the Gospel
A Biblical Response to Current Forms of Free Grace Theology
Jerry Wragg
Here I Stand
The Courageous Preaching of Martin Luther
Steve Lawson
Worship Center
Generations of Grace
Defining a Biblical Philosophy of Children’s Ministry
Matt White
2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm General Session 2 – Phil Johnson
4:30 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 3 – Steve Lawson

Thursday, March 7, 2013

9:00 am General Session 4 – John MacArthur
10:15 am Break
10:45 am General Session 5 – Keynote Q&A
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm Seminar Session 2

Act Like Men
Promoting Biblical Masculinity in the Local Church
Austin Duncan
Letter to a Christian Nation
What Would Jesus Say about the Church in America?
Tom Patton
Adam, Where Art Thou?
Rediscovering the Historical Adam in the Pages of Scripture
Bill Barrick
On the Doorstep of Divorce
Restoring Hope to Broken Marriages
Bill Shannon
An Hour to Raise the Dead
Preaching that Pierces the Heart and Assaults the Will
Alex Montoya
Worship Center
Maximizing Missions
How to Increase Your Effectiveness as a Sending Church
Michael Mahoney
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Seminar Session 3

The Effective Elder
Becoming the Leader God Calls You To Be
Dave Muxlow
Stirring the Waters
Practical Thoughts on Baptism and Youth Ministry
Andrew Gutierrez
Hanging on Every Word
How to Cultivate an Appetite for Solid Preaching in Your Church
Chris Mueller
When God Gives His Word
Understanding the Promises of God Contained in the Biblical Covenants
Dick Mayhue
Dealing with Difficult People
How to Shepherd Strong Personalities in Your Church
John Street
A Word from the Lord?
Examining the Charismatic Case for Modern Prophecy
Nathan Busenitz
Worship Center
5:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 6 – Al Mohler

Friday, March 8, 2013

9:00 am General Session 7 – Tom Pennington
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Seminar Session 4

Q & A on Leadership Austin Duncan, Chris Hamilton, Dave Muxlow, and Irv Busenitz
A Few Good Men
How to Start a Vibrant Men’s Ministry in Your Church
Scott Ardavanis
Servant of the Word
Reflections on the Preaching Ministry of John MacArthur
Lance Quinn
Heaven on Earth
Exploring the Glories of the Eternal State
Mike Vlach
When God Won’t Remove the Thorn
How to Persevere with Joy through the Hardships of Ministry
Matt Waymeyer
Enemies at the Gate
Four Liberalizing Trends That Threaten the Contemporary Church
Phil Johnson
Worship Center
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
How to Organize a Music Ministry in Your Church
Clayton Erb & Bill Brandenstein
Choir Room
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm General Session 8 – Steve Lawson
4:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 9 – John MacArthur

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The audio for the Shepherd’s Conference is up online!

Here’s a sample of some of the audios!

Be sure to visit the following link HERE.

Don’t miss the speakers such as Al Mohler, Voddie Bacham and Steve Lawson!

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Purchase: Amazon

A short book with a serious reminder that there is a famine in the land for the need of expository preaching in the pulpit of churches today. The four chapters are expansion of the author Steve Lawson’s four articles in a theological journal. Each chapter is based on a text from scripture and is an expository message about expository preaching.  Readers will enjoy this consistency.This book serves as a good introduction to a believer who is new and yet interested with preaching the Bible Biblically.  Too often even among Conservative Christian circles, Christians and preachers can end up teaching about the Bible instead of from the Bible.  While it does not necessarily is a thorough “how to” book, the implications made from the text of Scripture that the book goes over still has its effect in regards to application.

It is an edifying read and makes an ideal gift one can give to someone in seminary or a pastor.

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