When Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899—1981) gave a series of lectures on the subject of preaching in 1969, he coined a phrase that became an emblematic description of his own ministry: “What is preaching?” he asked. “Logic on fire!” But what exactly does it mean, and how does it manifest?
Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones charts the story of this most remarkable man, widely considered to be one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century. Medically trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, Lloyd-Jones shocked many when he announced he would leave medicine to become the pastor of a small church in Aberavon, Wales. He was eventually called to Westminster Chapel in central London, where he gained considerable national influence and international renown for his dynamic expository preaching.
More than simply a recounting of the man’s life, Logic on Fire examines Lloyd-Jones’ home life, his spiritual influences, the emphasis he brought to his two pastorates, the way he sought a union of “logic” and “fire” in preaching, as well as his continued relevance and influence in conservative evangelicalism today. Featuring interviews with his family, official biographer, and many close friends, as well as international ministers who have been influenced by the Doctor’s preaching, Logic on Fire emphasizes not only the need for clarity in preaching, tenderness in pastoring, and carefulness in worship, but also a humble dependence upon God to make the work of the ministry effective.
Shot in historic locations across Wales, England, Scotland, and the United States, Logic On Fire features interviews with Jeremy Bailey, Ben Bailie, Keith Batstone, Ann Beatt, Christopher Catherwood, Elizabeth Catherwood, Jonathan Catherwood, Andrew Christofides, John Cheeseman, George Curry, Andrew Davies, D. Eryl Davies, Ian M. Densham, Adam Desmond, Liz Desmond, Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, Eifion Evans, Philip H. Eveson, Sinclair B. Ferguson, Ian Hamilton, W. Vernon Higham, Basil Howlett, John MacArthur, Bethan Marshall, Anthony Mathenia, Conrad Mbewe, Jason Meyer, Iain H. Murray, Robert Oliver, Bruce Powell, Richard Owen Roberts, John Snyder, R.C. Sproul, Ceinwen Swann, Justin Taylor, Geoff Thomas, David A. Tucker, Rhiannon Tunnicliffe, Jeremy Walker, Paul David Washer, and Donald S. Whitney.
‘Logic on Fire’ has moved me deeply and I do believe that it will do untold good across the earth. I never expected to see such a visual record in my lifetime; had it not been done until some later date it could not have been the same. The professional presentation, the wise selection, the spiritual insight, and other things, are just so well done. I think my wife was giving it the highest praise when she said, ‘the doctor would have approved of it’. I believe the men at Media Gratiae were helped and guided by the Saviour whom they have sought to honour. The film has all the marks of a spiritual ministry of very lasting value which will help far more people than we will ever know!
— Iain H. Murray, Author, Assistant to Dr. Lloyd-Jones for three years, and Founder of the Banner of Truth Trust
Media Gratiae has made a film that all of Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s family can be proud of. We could not be more grateful.
— Jonathan Catherwood, grandson of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and President of the MLJ Trust
A fitting and beautifully crafted tribute to a great preacher, who as my father, reflected all the loving qualities of our Heavenly Father whom he so faithfully and powerfully proclaimed
— Ann Beatt, Daughter of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones