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Overview R.T. Kendall learned seven incredible lessons during twenty-five years as pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, England. During his eventful and occasionally turbulent tenure, he experienced many blessings and disappointments. Dr. Kendall now shares a message that can make a difference in the life of every reader. Candidly he addresses the things he would have changed: *I would not take myself so seriously. *I would spend more time with my wife and family. *I just might have the courage to be myself. *I would give much more attention to worship. *I would not change my pattern of consecutive expository preaching. *I would teach the exact same theology. *I would practice what I preach more. Here is a great legacy from one of the great Christian leaders of our time which recounts the ups and downs of servanthood.
Community Description For 25 years, Kendall filled the pulpit of London's Westminster Chapel. His long, occasionally turbulent tenure brought with it countless blessings, disappointments, and hard-won wisdom. Recounting his ups and downs as a servant of the gospel, this prominent church leader offers a list of seven encouraging lessons gleaned from a lifetime of faithful ministry. 224 pages, hardcover from Charisma.
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Studio: Charisma House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.11" Weight: 1.52 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2004
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1591854547 ISBN13 9781591854548
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More About R. T. Kendall
Dr. R. T. Kendall, renowned pastor and author, spent 25 years as senior minister of the historic Westminster Chapel in London. He has authored numerous bestselling books, conducts conferences all over the world and is a columnist for "Ministry Today". He lives with his wife, Louise, near Nashville, Tennessee.
In RT's own words... Our premise is this. It seems to us that there has been a ‘silent divorce’ in the church, speaking generally, between the Word and the Spirit. When there is a divorce, some children stay with the mother, some stay with the father.
In this divorce, there are those on the ‘word’ side and those on the ‘Spirit’ side. What is the difference?
Take those of us who represent the Word. Our message is this: we must earnestly contend for the faith ‘once delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3), we need get back to expository preaching, sound doctrine such as justification by faith, the sovereignty of God and the internal testimony of the Spirit as taught by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.
Take those whose emphasis has been on the Holy Spirit. What is the message? We need to rediscover the power that was manifested in the Book of Acts, there needs to be a demonstration of signs, wonders and miracles; we need to see the gifts of the Spirit operating in the church – that the world will once again take notice of the church so that people are left without excuse. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.
We believe that the need of the hour is not one or the other – but both! It is our view that this simultaneous combination will result in spontaneous combustion! And then, but almost certainly only then, will the world be shaken once again by the message of the church.
This was the message I have preached over the years at Westminster Chapel in London. This is what we are endeavoring to preach in America and around the world. This is not all we preach but it is certainly one of the main things we preach alongside the need for total forgiveness and learning to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We need your prayers. God bless you.
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An Honest, Reflective Autobiography Oct 19, 2008
R.T. Kendall's autobiography, In Pursuit of his Glory, focuses on his twenty-five years of service as the preacher/pastor of Westminster Chapel in London. The book chronicles Kendall's ministerial journey - from pastor apprentice under the influence of Martin Lloyd Jones to his Word, Spirit, Power conferences in the United States and England in recent years.
I first came in contact with R.T. Kendall's writings when I picked up his book The Christian and the Pharisee, in which Kendall corresponds with an Orthodox Jew. In The Christian and the Pharisee, Kendall's Calvinism and evangelistic fervor impressed me. I found his book God Meant it For Good, a book chronicling the life of Joseph, to be a helpful resource as I recently took my Sunday School class through Joseph's life. I also knew Kendall as the primary scholar who argues that John Calvin did not actually subscribe to the doctrine of "Limited Atonement' as now espoused by Calvinists. (Having analyzed the arguments of both sides of this debate, I am unsure whether or not Calvin believed the doctrine his followers so clearly articulated, though I do find Kendall's argumentation compelling.) I eventually discovered that Kendall received his Masters of Divinity at Southern Seminary, where I am currently an MDiv student.
All these factors piqued my interest in Kendall as a minister, so I was happy to come across his autobiography. The story he unfolds in the book encouraged me and challenged me to more passionately pursue the glory of God in my life and ministry.
In Pursuit of His Glory begins with Kendall's church background. Kendall came to faith in Christ while being raised in a devoted Nazarene family. He embraced the Arminianism of the Nazarene church until he claims Jesus met him in a spiritual vision and straightened out his theology! Kendall became a Calvinist (although not all five points) and began pastoring a Southern Baptist Church.
During his time at Oxford, Kendall was given the opportunity to preach at Westminster Chapel only a few years after Martin Lloyd Jones had stepped down from the pulpit. It is fascinating to read Kendall's recollections of his early years at Westminster. He speaks highly of Jones and the mentoring he received.
In the 1980's and 1990's, Kendall began to more fully embrace the Charismatic movement that had always been nascent in his spiritual life since the 1950's. During his tenure in London, Westminster moved in a decisively charismatic direction, even while retaining its Reformed heritage. Kendall tells of his experiences with Arthur Blessitt, Rodney Howard Browne, Paul Cain and John Wimber. He writes of his initial skepticism towards the "Toronto Blessing" even as he eventually came to see it as legitimate.
The most helpful parts of Kendall's book for me spiritually were the closing chapters. Kendall's story is tinged with regret. Kendall regrets the small number of people he led to the Lord (over 400 doesn't seem small to me, though). He regrets the pain he sometimes put his family through. He regrets not seeing a true revival in the Chapel. The chapter "If I Could Turn the Clock Back" should be read by every pastor and minister.
Kendall believes strongly in expository preaching, and his passion for this method of preaching is evident throughout the book. He believes in the sovereignty of God and the inerrancy of Scripture. He advocates openness to different manifestations of the Holy Spirit's power, reminding his readers of the strange expressions that fell upon New England during the time of Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield.
At times, Kendall seems to be the legitimate successor of Martin Lloyd Jones. At other times, he leads the Chapel on a very different path from the previous pastors. As much as I admire Lloyd Jones, I was unsettled by the reference to Westminster Chapel as a "preaching station," more than a "church." I was also taken aback by the reticence to personal evangelism that Kendall encountered from a congregation that had sat under the teachings of the highly evangelistic Lloyd Jones.
Kendall's exuberance, authenticity, and personal testimony make it difficult for me to critique his autobiography. Still, I feel that his full-fledged support of much of the Charismatic agenda is unhelpful. I appreciate his desire to see the Charismatic movement supported by a strong, Calvinistic theological foundation. But there is a major difference between seeing a Charismatic expression springing up out of a strong theological foundation (the Great Awakening, for example) and trying to bless Charismatic expression by giving it some strong theology. One springs forth out of clear doctrinal teaching. The other is a house built on sand. The first is legitimate. The second is misguided.
In Pursuit of His Glory is a good book for ministers and laypeople alike. Kendall is to be commended for writing such an honest, reflective autobiography, a book that proves its title to be true.
EXCELLENT BOOK Aug 18, 2006
This is an excellent book, especially if one is interested in experiencing the glory of God as I am. Very enlighening and easy to read! I recommend it to anyone who is in doubt and looking for a faith builder.
In Pursuit of His Glory Jun 5, 2005
I found Dr. Kendall's autobiography an excellent and informative book to read. Especially interesting were the years he spent with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel in London and the influence that G. Campbell Morgan played on the history of the Chapel throughout the 20th century. Dr. Kendall's honesty about his struggles in ministry and the challenges he faced in trying to lead a very traditional congregation were very helpful. Also helpful was his chapter on sermon preparation and the topics he covered while preaching at the Chapel. I found the chapters on various charismatic leaders to be helpful as well, particularly as one views their involvement and influence on the growth an expansion of the church throughout the world in the late 1980s and throught the 90s. I highly recommend this fine book and the inspiration and challenge it brings.
Education, Edification, Elucidation Aug 23, 2004
This is an inspiring volume! Not quite a biography, but a personal history of 25 years of ministry at one of the world's best known churches, Westminster Chapel. Dr. Kendall's accounts of the changes that God brought to the Chapel during his ministry are sometimes nearly breathtaking. You feel his hurt, and you share his bliss as Dr. Kendall guides the tour of God's sovereign revelation of His glory during those turbulent, yet fulfilling years.
We are able to meet such notable personalities as Arthur Blessitt, Billy Graham, Paul Cain and Rodney Howard-Browne. Not to mention the heart-felt and loving description of Dr. Kendall's predecessor and mentor, the larger-than-life Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
We also get a variety of eye-opening theological insights through examining some of the things which Dr. Kendall both taught and learned during those years. I appreciate the simplicity with which he explains what could be very complex theological ideas.
A fascinating read. Pastors, theologians and Christians of many backgrounds will come to love Dr. Kendall, even if they have not had the opportunity to read any of his other outstanding books, and even if they happen to disagree with some of his theological conclusions. He is without question a man of God, and a man used mightily of God.