Lloyd-Jones, The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987.
These are a series of lectures Lloyd-Jones delivered at the Puritan Studies and Westminster Conferences. This was my first encounter with Lloyd-Jones, and I enjoyed it very much.
The burdens of Lloyd-Jones that stand out in my memory are:
- The stark difference between revival and revivalism, and a need to appeal to God to bring true revival.
- The need to avoid dead academic intellectualism in our study of the Puritans and our pursuit of God.
- The importance of full-bodied faith as opposed to mere intellectual assent to propositions.
- The role of the Holy Spirit in empowering, encouraging, and assuring believers, and the need to earnestly desire that.
- The need to break down barriers between Christians that are over unimportant matters (while upholding and defending those matters that are of vital importance).
- The need for continued fresh analysis and application of God’s word, rather than unthinking adherence to tradition and habit.
- The importance of ”application” in preaching.