Shirley and I have just returned from a 1325 mile trip visiting friends in Congesbury, our grandson Timothy at Bristol Uni, Caroline, Ali and family in Cumnock, Scotland, my younger brother, Ken, in Walsall and spending a delightful week-end with friends in Bath. My brother, Ken, is seriously ill with terminal cancer, but is a keen Christian, looking forward to going to be with the Lord. In the almost three weeks we were away we worshipped at four different churches, and it was encouraging to see thriving congregations and hear sound preaching.
While away I read A Handful of Pebbles: Theological liberalism and the Church by Peter Barnes (Banner of Truth), and The Undercover Revolution: How Fiction changed Britain, by Iain Murray (Banner of Truth). Both are useful brief surveys of their subjects and well worth reading. I also started to read Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of Grace by Iain Murray (Banner). So far it appears to be very informative and inspiring. I am looking forward to finishing it. One unusual feature is that a CD of one of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s sermons is included inside the back cover. This sermon, on John 8:21-24 is one of the most powerful evangelistic sermons I have ever heard. It is gripping, challenging and moving. I wish every unconverted person could hear it. We have already listened to it twice and will no doubt do so again. What a preacher he was! What a message we have to proclaim!