I just came back from the Scripture Union-Fellowship of Evangelical Students (SUFES) Bookstore and got a set of tapes by Martin Lloyd-Jones for just one Ringgit! Frankly, I don’t think I’d see myself that influenced by him theologically or practically and there’s much that I find myself differing in. However, I do remember I’ve only read one book by him –> Preaching and the Preachers and I like the phrase associated with him .. i.e. “Logic on fire!”. And it did spark some fire during my not-so-exciting preaching classes in seminary.
Here’s a quote that from the book …
“My reason for preaching, is that to me the work of preaching is the highest and the greatest and the most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called. If you want something in additon to that I would say without hesitation that the most urgent need in the Christian Church is true preaching; and as it is the greatest and the most urgent need in the Church, it is obviously the greatest need of the world also.”
Then I saw “preaching” primarily as one who stands up in the pulpit and shares God’s Word. Now, I’d see it in a broader perspective even seeing “true preaching” when I’m in conversation with someone seeking to understand the gospel. There’s a need for a new kind of “logic” which helps them plug into GOD’s story and a new kind of “fire” which warms rather than burns?!