This past March Southern Baptist Theological Seminary held it’s youth conference called Renown. The title for this years conference was “The Rise of Wisdom” and featured speakers Al Mohler, Dan Dewitt and Sean McDowell.
From the website:
God’s renown is more than His desire to be highly honored. His renown requires that He be rightly and supremely honored for who He is and all He has done. God has revealed himself to be more valuable than anything and everything else in all of creation; and that is precisely why apologetics matter.
Apologetics is the art of defending the Christian faith. We make much of God through biblically-saturated apologetics because through this we express truth and expose error. This art properly crafted is a life vest and a soul anchor for those ‘tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes’ (Eph. 4:14). So, in a world where folly is exalted and wisdom is despised, Christians have an opportunity to stand firm and shine the light of truth in dark dens of lies and error. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Apologetics has at its core a desire to make God famous because God is the source of all truth and He is infinitely worthy to be praised!
Join us, March 14-15, 2014, at the Renown Conference as we seek to equip this generation’s middle and high school aged students with the arsenal of God’s word as they battle against the cosmic powers of this present darkness.
The audio and video for the sessions can be found on the media page at SBTS.
SBTS Conference Media >>>
This years SBC Convention was held in Baltimore, Maryland and all the speakers and worship times are available on video streaming.
I would like to highlight the following sessions, and they are organized by times of day.
- Sunday — David Platt
- Monday Afternoon — J. D. Greer
- Monday Evening — Francis Chan
- Wednesday Afternoon — Al Mohler’s 10 minute address and Russell Moores address.
SBC 2014 Convention >>>
Speaking at this years conference are Voddie Baucham, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul Jr., R.C. Sproul, and Derek Thomas. These men consider some very difficult question as it relates to our contemporary culture. How are we to confront this present world? How do we live faithfully as godly remnant in such a world? How should we defend the faith? How do we stand up for and champion biblical ethics in a society that is hostile to our ethics?
From the website:
As has been true in every generation, the church today faces many challenges from the world. The intellectual and moral opposition that we face can seem overwhelming at times, which is why we need to remember that Christ has already overcome this opposition. By His life, death, and resurrection, our Savior has conquered our enemies, and by His Spirit He has granted us to share in the victory. The Lord, in His Spirit, comes alongside us to strengthen us for the battles we face. This strengthening occurs as we are grounded in His truth (John 17:17).
Ligonier is offering this years conference free for online viewing, it is also available for purchase.
Blog post of Highlights >>>
Overcoming the World >>>
Kevin DeYoung’s University Reformed Church hosted the Magnify Conference this past April 5th and 6th which featured Alistair Begg as keynote speaker. The title of this years conference was “Made For His Pleasure: The Priority of God in a World of Self.”
There is only video available for this conference, from what I can find.
Magnify Conference 2014 >>>
Reformed Theological Seminary has created The Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies, a program of study for those student who wish to apply their Reformed convictions in a Baptist context. The Nicole Institute has launched this year the Spurgeon Lecture Series, inaugurated by John Piper and Albert Mohler.
John Piper opens the Spurgeon Lecture series with his message, “The Life and Ministry of Charles Spurgeon”
Al Mohler follows with a powerful message, “God’s Lion in London: Charles Spurgeon and the Challenge of the Modern Age”
2014 Spurgeon Lecture Series >>>
In his book launch event Kevin DeYoung said that the most pressing need for evangelical Christians is to regain a conviction about the sufficiency of Scripture. And I couldn’t agree more. Kevin has recently released a book that many evangelicals are giving enthusiastic support to. It’s called “Taking God at His Word.” Westminster Theological Seminary was involved with a book launch event where G.K. Beale, David Powlison and Carl Trueman spoke and conversed with Kevin about his book. The audio and video is available.
This is one of the most important books to be published for our generation which has an unhealthy fixation on “hearing the voice of God” from people who have trips to heaven or imagine God is writing them personal letters — all at the expense of where God is clearly and powerfully speaking: through the living and active Word of God. If you listen to only one address, listen to Kevin’s opening address. I encourage you to buy this book that is relatively short, easy to read, and powerful.
Kevin delivered an 11-part sermon series on the doctrine of Scripture at his church, which formed the basis for this book.
DeYoung’s 1st Address
It can be found at the link below, as this particular video is, for some reason, unable to be linked.
Find Deyoung’s First Address here >>>
DeYoung’s 2nd Address
Book Launch Event >>>
Doctrine of Scripture in 11 sermons >>>
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Audio and video is now up on the T4G website. Great conference featuring Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Mark Dever, John MacArthur, Thabiti Anyabwile, David Platt, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper and Matt Chandler.
T4G 2014 >>>
Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Horton, and Paul Tripp join Jaren Wilson, Sam Crabtree and John Piper to give the keynote addresses for this years Desiring God Pastor’s Conference titled “The Pastor, the Vine and the Branches: The Remarkable Reality of Union With Christ.”
Get the audio here:
2014 DG Pastor’s Conf. >>>
How should church leaders deal with tough cases such as divorce, illegal immigration, and in vitro fertilization?
Mark Dever and Russell Moore discuss how these issues and more with John Onwuchekwa and Derrick Morgan.
How to Handle Ethical Hard Cases >>>