MLJ MONDAY – What is the Gift of Tongues?

Today the Doctor brings his inimitable talent for careful analysis to the gift of tongues. Note, that he is not in this post speaking of whether or not tongues continue today; instead this is his view about the mechanics of how the gift of tongues works."I want to suggest to you now that a lot of the trouble has arisen because people have not given the full significance to the word ‘tongue’ — [in the phrases] ‘in an unknown tongue’ or ‘in a tongue’, the ‘unknown’ is generally supplied. What is th … [Read more...]

ROUND-UP – The Holy Spirit and the Charismatics

I know some of you might think that all I ever blog about is the charismatic/cessationist debate and the gifts of the Spirit. At first sight, this list of over 90 posts might seem to confirm that. But, this list of posts amounts to only around 4 per cent of the total number of my posts so far. There is much more to this blog than the Holy Spirit, but as I can't seem to find time to write my new post series on this subject to answer Dan Phillips (I will do so eventually, honest!) - in the … [Read more...]

Out of Town, but the Blog Lives On . . .

Well, I'm off for a three-day blog hiatus. This is caused neither by a holiday, nor sickness, but by work.You know the score by now . . . if you are desperate to read good stuff – what are you doing here anyway? Follow the Warnie headlines, or read some MARTYN LLOYD-JONES or JOHN PIPER posts or explore the rest of my archives. Failing that, you could always go buy yourself some discounted Logos Bible Software and get into studying the Bible in depth with this fantastic tool.What have you got to l … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – The Doctor Changes His Mind

In the Preface to Great Doctrines of the Bible, the editors note that after World War II, Lloyd-Jones held discussion meetings at Westminster Chapel in London on Friday evenings to talk about practical issues in the Christian life. Because many people began asking him questions about biblical doctrines, the Doctor began a series of lectures on those subjects, which began in 1952 and lasted into 1955. This series of lectures eventually were published as part of Great Doctrines of the Bible.In our … [Read more...]


Martyn Lloyd-Jones was unquestionably the world's greatest English-speaking Christian teacher of the last century. It is essential that we continue to learn and benefit from this gift of God to the whole church.Loved by charismatics and cessationists alike, even at the height of the tensions felt in the 1960's and 1970's, "The Doctor" as he is affectionately known to this day, requires your attention.Here on this blog we give space every Monday for "MLJ Monday". Read the following posts, which … [Read more...]

Terrorists Score a Victory Without Firing a Shot

In the UK today our typical "stiff upper lip" is showing definite signs of cracking. Amidst chaotic scenes at Heathrow caused by new stringent security measures, passengers are starting to express openly their frustration. There is a feeling that there is simply not enough staff on duty to cope with the new measures. Meanwhile, some who have been able to check their luggage are still failing to get to the gates on time; this has led to cracks opening in official circles. Today we have seen … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday – Were Tongues in Acts and 1 Corinthians BOTH Unintelligible?

In the excerpt I am quoting today, Martyn Lloyd-Jones weighs in on the current discussion regarding the gift of tongues. He attempts to answer the question, "Is there a discrepancy between the tongues described in the book of Acts and those referred to by Paul in 1 Corinthians?" Now clearly the Doctor's view contained in this post, if totally correct, seems to cause some problems for BOTH my position AND Dan's. But I will, for now, allow him to simply speak for himself without trying to fully … [Read more...]

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Google Toolbar – the Blogger's Toolkit

Every now and then I decide I want to pull back the curtain and let you see a little bit about what goes on behind the scenes here. I thought today I would share one of my favorite blogging tools with you - the beta version of the Google Toolbar.If you want to download this yourself after I have finished going over it, then simply click on the Google Toolbar logo at the top of this post. Incidentally, in case you haven't noticed, almost all my graphics have a link embedded in them. So, for … [Read more...]

Spurgeon "Wins" Stolen Warnie Award

Well, there are no lengths that some people won't go to in order to honour their heroes. Spurgeon isn't even alive to thank him, but Phil Johnson has stolen the graphic he created for me and has unilaterally decided to award one to The Prince of Preachers.All I can say is that Spurgeon deserves it. With an output to rival any modern blogger, when Phil isn't creating graphics for the Web, writing MacArthur's books, or refusing to answer questions on cessationism, he is slowly placing all of … [Read more...]