Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Reflections on my weekend with John MacArthur

Now, this title may seem like my weekend was spent in close personal contact with Dr. John MacArthur (listen to his daily radio broadcast by clicking here) when in reality I was at a conference where he was the speaker. A few weeks ago, I spent my Friday evening and Saturday afternoon listening to him teaching from the bible about 3 different things:

  1. The Truth of the Scriptures
  2. The Truth of the Gospel
  3. The Truth of the Church
I cannot tell you how impactful the teaching was on during all of these times. I was having a conversation with a few friends of mine who also attended this event and we marveled at the clarity that Dr. MacArthur was able to apply to every topic that he encountered. Now, I know that most good pastors attempt to do this during their teaching ministry and some are better at it than others. For instance, I visited many churches in the area where I currently live and one of the reasons that I chose to attend Ambassador Baptist Church was because Pastor Bruce Henry is a pastor who is gifted at speaking the truth clearly and unapologetically.

It was not only Dr. MacArthur's ability to be clarifying blunt (my own catch phrase), but it was the fact that I had the benefit of all 40 years of his studying the Word to be packaged into the 6 hours of teaching - that was outstanding.

I could blab on and on for a long time about what was taught during this conference, but that would be mundane. So, I will recommend something that I don't normally (and will try to do with infrequency) do - buy the DVD. There is a DVD of both days of the conference. The DVD for both days costs $30. The teaching and preaching is good and encouraging, and I recommend it fully. In order to get the DVD, just click here to order online or you can call the number at the bottom of the order form.

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