Unexpected? Yes. Unwelcome? Certainly, for Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was dismayed by what was happening.
The date was the 14 December 1926 and the national newspapers were using startling headlines concerning him: â€˜Harley Street Doctor to become a Minister' and â€˜Leading Doctor turns Pastor'. For two days, Lloyd-Jones' family home in London was besieged by newspaper reporters who all waited in vain to interview him. Lloyd-Jones even refused to pose for a photograph. There were good reasons for his negative response. He was essentially a shy man and disliked the publicity intensely. But more to the point, he had not yet informed his employers at the hospital of his decision to leave medicine to become a church pastor - and they were not pleased to hear the news first from the newspapers.
There was a deeper reason for Lloyd-Jones' dismay at this unexpected publicity. For him, the newspapers could not understand why he was leaving the medical profession, especially when he was set for a brilliant medical career and then only 26 years of age. The press was only interested in news, and the more sensational it was the better. However, the living God had been dealing with Lloyd-Jones and he felt an irresistible call from heaven to preach the Gospel of Christ.
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- Publisher: EP Books
- ISBN: 978-0-85234-760-7
- Pages: 128
- Price: 5.99
Dr D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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This book is one of the first in a new series by Evangelical Press entitled Bitesize Biographies. Slightly smaller than most paperbacks and with less pages it is ideal for introducing a new generation of Christians, and especially younger believers, to some of the outstanding Christian leaders of the past; in this case one of the most important in the 20th century.
Written by a fellow Welshman, the book adequately covers the main outline of Lloyd-Jones’s life and ministry. There is also a helpful final chapter entitled ‘Legacy’ which focuses on his beliefs and the challenges of his ministry. I was glad to see a reference to a time of depression due to overwork when he needed to take an extended period of rest. Not only was this an important event in his life, as the book indicates; but we also need to recognise the humanity of notable Christians lest we be tempted to think they are unaffected by natural weakness and illness.
Dr Davies clearly shows that for Lloyd-Jones the gospel was glorious and central to the whole of Christian life and ministry. This means it must also be central to the life of the churches and their relationships with each other. ‘The gospel was everything to him. We will not, therefore, understand his 1966 address or subsequent responses to ecumenism, liberal theology, or the Charismatic movement unless this fact is understood.’ However, glorious though the gospel is in itself, it needs to be preached in the power of the Holy Spirit and it is on that note that this book comes to its conclusion. This is a very readable book: highly recommended.
Paul E Brown
**** (4 stars)