Don Carson and Bob Yarborough were the guest speakers at the 2012 EFCA Theology Conference, and they tackled the very incendiary subject of gender.
Matt Smethurst writes on The Gospel Coalition website:
Our Lord and his inspired apostles were culturally situated, yes, but they weren’t culturally bound. Many assume that cultural rootedness automatically amounts to cultural relativity; the two, however, are simply not the same.
Followers of King Jesus must remain finally tethered “not to a political conviction or to social habit or to hermeneutical whimsy, but to divine mandate.” And for those who embrace the King’s word as their supreme authority, the divine mandate is clear. In these talks, Carson and Yarbrough have offered careful reflection on a contentious and critical issue.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently featured Alistair Begg, H. B. Charles and Al Mohler at the annual Expositors Summit.
From the website:
Preaching plays a vital role in a church’s health. For this reason, this year’s Expositors Summit aims to contribute to the health of local churches by restoring the primacy of expository preaching in the pulpit. Preachers, pastors, students and all who love the Scriptures are invited to hear keynote speakers R. Albert Mohler Jr., H.B. Charles Jr. and Alistair Begg at this Word-driven event.
“Preaching is the essential instrumentality through which God shapes his people.”
– R. Albert Mohler Jr.
The audio for Desiring God’s 2013 National Conference is online. This years conference focused on the life, work and world of C. S. Lewis, and the list of speakers include N. D Wilson, his father Doug Wilson, Phil Ryken, Randy Alcorn and more. Looking forward to going hearing these messages.
I was recently directed to the Westminster Conference by a reader. This is the same Westminster Conference that Martyn Lloyd-Jones and J. I. Packer began in 1951. Speaking about those who formed this conference the site has this to say:
They were not uncritical followers of the Puritans but saw them as outstanding Christian teachers whose challenges could not be ignored. The Puritans helped to establish an important tradition of Biblical thinking and pastoral theology which was often recovered in later times of revival. For these reasons, fairly early on, the interest was broadened beyond the Puritans and the Conference was advertised as being for “theological and historical study with especial reference to the Puritans.”
I will certainly be sampling message from this site as I have time.
The audio and video for TGC 2013 is now available online, more than 80 messages from a wide array of speakers including Don Carson, TimKeller, John Piper, Al Mohler, Russell Moore, and Kevin DeYoung. For the ladies we have Noel Piper, Megan Best, Kathleen Nielson, Nancy Guthrie and Elyse Fitzpatrick.
This years title: His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. This also includes the preconference on missions: His Love Compels Us.
One of the unique aspects of this conference is that all media has been translated into five languages: Mandarin Chinese, Farsi, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Are tatoos a sin? How should we understand and exercise our Christian freedoms since we are no longer “under law”? Does anything go since we live in the grace of Christ? Mark Dever, Mike McKinley and Andy Johnson interview Carl Trueman about this contested issue of Christian freedom.
Do you know how your understanding of preaching has been shaped in recent centuries by the Pietists, the Revivalists, the Liberals, the Pragmatists and the Consumerists? If you don’t, you need to because these influences are shaping the crisis of preaching in the church today. That’s why this message by Al Mohler deserves a wide, wide hearing. It is 21st Christian preaching and its origins 101.
The frightening reality today is that preaching has metamorphosized into many different forms, and we are therefore required to differentiate these unbiblical forms from true biblical preaching, and to do that we label biblical preaching as “expository” preaching. And sadly, expository preaching is far from the norm in the church today, and it’s no wonder given the contented widespread biblical ignorance we see in the Christian church.
Mohler is a champion for expository preaching, and in this message he carefully and wisely considers the many arguments given by opponents of expository preaching, and examines how each of these historically developed from bad, and even shocking theology. Hence his provocative title. This should be required listening for your leaders and discipleship groups, if not your whole church.
By the way, if you haven’t listened to any of the messages at the 9 Marks at SBTS conference you are missing a real treat.
Southern Seminary held The Expositor’s Summit in 2012 and it featured speakers including Al Mohler, Russell Moore, Ray Ortlund, Hershael York, Dan Dumas, Daniel Montgomery, Kevin Smith and Alistair Begg.