I have been listening to a lot of podcasts lately as I am trying to get ready for a marathon. One that has been particularly encouraging is the series by Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) entitled Preaching the Word. In the series Sinclair Ferguson gives his reflections on ministry at the age of 60. I have greatly benefited from Dr Ferguson’s ministry and was intrigued by his talks.
One comment hit a chord. Ferguson encouraged people to not try to keep up with the new books and the new topics. Instead, said Ferguson, keep up with the books that have lasted the test of time. With particular emphasis upon theology and church life, go and read the greats from 1,2 or 300 (or more) years ago.
This led Ferguson to the 2 Johns (after John the Apostle), as he said. John Calvin and John Owen. He infers that these authors have done more for him than any contemporary book could do.
As someone who likes to read and follows the new books, I enjoyed this exhortation from a guy who is closer to the finish line. I can be all about reading the new stuff and neglect the great stuff. His exhortation was well-timed and helpful for me.
Check out the audio here at iTunes if you like.