It was June 18, 1944, a terrifying time to live in London. The Germans’ bombing of the city had begun a few days before, and had already caused over 10,000 casualties. In the midst of an aerial invasion, with sirens blaring, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “the Doctor,” stood before his congregation. The whole church could hear the enemies closing in, but Lloyd-Jones didn’t retreat. He began his pastoral prayer, like it was a typical Sunday. Suddenly, a bomb fell. The massive explosion caused the structure of the chapel to crack. The members rose to their feet, panicking, waiting to see what their pastor would do next. Would he weep? Run? Hide? Not the Doctor. He simply resumed the pastoral prayer. After the prayer, a deacon walked to the pulpit, dusted it off, and returned to his seat. Lloyd-Jones marched to the pulpit, unsheathed his copy of the Scriptures, and courageously preached God’s Word to the people (Owen Strachan, “Of Prophets, Priests, and Kings: A Brief Biblical Theology of the Pastorate,” in The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision).

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