John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock
Murray, Iain H.
Some of my doctrinal commitments as a Reformed and Presbyterian minister will differ from John MacArthurs. Nevertheless, there is much to learn from his extraordinary life and ministry. Indeed, I am grateful for his decades-long, no-frills, steadfast example of pastoral ministry especially his commitment to, and confidence in, the preaching of Gods holy and efficacious Word. John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock is yet another outstanding biography from one of finest Christian biographers of our time.See All
In classic Murray style, the spiritual pulse-beat of MacArthurs life and ministry is carefully narrated in this fast-paced biographical study. Sympathetic in portrayal, while at points graciously critical, Murrays biography offers the first-ever account of MacArthurs life, theological convictions, and principled churchmanship as it has come to expression in his calling as a husband, father, pastor, preacher, author, and educator. Murrays work is an indispensable guide for those wishing to learn more about a man whose life has been devoted to the faithful preaching and application of Gods word in our generation.See All
James M. Garretson
As a college student in the 1970s, John MacArthurs verse-by-verse expository ministry had a life-changing and ministry-shaping impact on my life. Iain Murrays biography of MacArthur is an inspiration to all who are eager to learn how God can use a simple biblical ministry to build Christs gospel kingdom.See All
The life of John MacArthur is quite an eye-opener on contemporary Christianity in the USA. A prolific author who received national or even international attention in the controversy that a book of his commenced on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Who was he? What was his background? How did he build up this mega-church in Los Angeles? Could a commitment to the doctrines of grace be so blessed not just with the growth of a congregation but a growing seminary and college, and the professions of faith of multitudes of people? How is it that this church sells more free grace books than almost any other in the world? Iain Murray answers many of these questions in this sparkling volume.See All
Speaking personally, I can attest that I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It moved me to praise and gratitudegratitude to God for blessing the church with this man whose ministry has so powerfully impacted not only the thousands who call him pastor, but the millions who have encountered him largely or exclusively through his books, his sermons or his radio program.See All
I heartily recommend the reading of this book to any Christian. It would be a good gift for any young man called to the ministry or for any pastor.See All
John MacArthur is that increasingly rare phenomenon: the pastor of a large church who does not appear to care particularly about what the wider world thinks of him. He is also a man who has pastored his church for many decades. Frankly, he is also the kind of man you want on your side in a fight: apparently fearless and utterly reliable. As such, he is surely a great role model for younger pastors. MacArthur is simply not one to be swayed by the spirit of the age. This book by Iain Murray is a fine tribute to the man, giving the reader some idea of what it means to be an undershepherd who strives to remain faithful to his LORD over many years of ministry. This is a great little book for pastors and aspiring pastors, and will be read with great profit by any who pick it up.See All
I heartily commend this book. Add it to your summer reading or your list of biographies worth enjoying.See All
Through more than forty years, John MacArthur has opened and taught the Word of God in one local congregation, Grace Community Church, Los Angeles. Consequences have followed which no one anticipated, and which the preacher attributes to ‘the sovereign hand of God’. A people united to Christ, and to their pastor, became a channel for blessing across the earth. It has been a ministry marked by characteristics that re-appear in every spiritual advance- not concern for ‘relevance’; not special attractions for young or old, male or female; but love for God and dependence on his Word and promises. MacArthur has proved, without ever intending to do so, that true preaching of the Word of God is international, ‘because if you teach the Bible it transcends every border, every language, every culture. It is as relevant today, and will be tomorrow, as in all the years since God put it down.’ That is why his sermons are heard or read in more than two hundred countries around the world today.
But this is also a human story, including the shaping of his youth, the strength of marriage and family, the refining influence of trials and controversies, and the building of a man whose staff have never known him to be angry. There are friends who, for all their love of his ministry, say his life is his best sermon.