Posted by: stpowen | June 17, 2014

Prof. Tom Nettles at the Metropolitan Tabernacle

Nehemiah 8:2. ‘So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding’

The annual School of Theology at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London takes place from July 1st to 3rd. Its theme this year is ‘Rightly dividing the Word.’ I am delighted to be able to attend for the first two days. The main guest speaker this year is Prof. Tom Nettles who has recently retired from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, U.S.A.

The probable main reason for Dr. Nettles invitation is that he is the author of a new biography of C. H. Spurgeon entitled ‘Living by Revealed Truth.’ I understand that this book has greatly impressed Peter Masters, pastor of the Met Tab. That is also the title of his keynote address on the Tuesday night, though he is also speaking on ‘Spurgeon’s Interpretive Approach’ and on ‘Repentance and Faith.’

It does appear that Dr. Masters has modified his usual practice in inviting Dr. Nettles. The Southern Baptists are a mixed denomination, by no means all of them being Reformed in their theology (though Dr. Nettles undoubtedly is), and this is normally a sticking point for Dr. Masters who has never invited evangelical Anglicans or Baptist Union preachers, however sound their theology. However, I am very pleased that Dr. Nettles is coming and hope that he will be the first of many American Reformed Baptists to find his way to the Met Tab.

I would encourage readers who are free to attend the meetings this year. In previous years the School of Theology has become (to my taste at least) somewhat narrow and censorious, though always instructive. This year’s meeting promises to be much more positive and deserves a full attendance. Further details may be found at



  1. Reblogged this on A Sidekick's Blog and commented:
    A welcome invitation:

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