The Gospel Coalition’s 2016 Women’s Conference was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from June 16 to 18, 2016. More than 7,000 women from all 50 states and 40 countries gathered together to study 1 Peter.
The conference, “Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering,” sought to show who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners.
Along with the seven main plenary sessions, we had more than 40 workshops and 30 focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including discipleship, sexual identity, abortion, mentoring, sexual abuse, raising children, faith and work, and more.
Speakers include Tim and Kathy Keller, Don Carson, Kathleen Nielson, Jen Wilkin, Rosaria Butterfield, and many more.
Paul Washer challenges the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ. He also deals extensively with the effects of saving grace that God promises in the new covenant; namely, the creation of new hearts and new people.
A new book being lauded in reformed circles is a printing of seven of J. Gresham Machen’s radio addresses on theology. The book is tltled “The Person of Jesus; Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior,” published by Westminster Seminary Press.
Machen’s importance is as an evangelical theologian has not lessened with time, and his insights into the many problems that plague the church today, and his trust in Christ and Scripture have not lost their sharpness. John Piper’s biographical sermon of J. Gresham Machen’s life and work is a great introduction to a great man, and I hope many will become acquainted wth Machen through this marvelous book of radio addresses.
R.C. Sproul, Al Mohler, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. gathered in Sanford, Florida to speak on lessons from the Reformation and the relevance it has for us today. Audio and video are free to stream at Ligonier.org.
The Reformation Bible College Winter Conference is available to stream online for free. The subject:“Scripture in the Early Church.” Drs. Michael Haykin, Michael Kruger, Stephen Nichols, and R.C.Sproul addressed topics such as early Christian preaching, Augustine’s use of Scripture, the development of the biblical canon, and other topics.
Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman of 9 Marks talk about why churches, and Christians, fail to engage in one of the most fundamental privileges and commands we have as Christians. Dever offers helpful guidelines and models in how churches can pray and keep them organized and focused on moving from immature prayer to mature prayer. This discussion is very helpful and practical for church leaders.
From the 9 Marks website:
This Sunday, a vast majority of evangelical churches will gather for singing and preaching and reading Scripture and perhaps even a few baptisms and the Lord’s Supper. There will also be some praying.
In comparison to everything else, though, there will be just a little bit of prayer—a transition as a few musicians scurry off-stage, a quick “thank-you” to God after collecting the offerings, a prayer for God’s Spirit to work on the hearers of the sermon.
All in all, you might pray for a few minutes, almost always as a passive observer.
That’s the norm, and, on the whole, the norm is shocking, abysmal, and embarrassing. When it comes to verses like Colossians 4:2—“continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving”—our present-day churches have mostly failed.
So, what should we do about it? To answer that question, consider this interview with Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman, in which they seek to diagnose and then address this problem of prayerlessness. We hope and, well, pray that it encourages us all toward more faithful obedience.
Dale Ralph Davis is well known for his masterful ability to preach the Old Testament historical texts. He has written commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series covering the historical books from Joshua and 2 Kings. In 2010 he delivered this message at the Trinity Baptist Pastor’s Conference in New Jersey.
To kick off the 2016 seminary season John MacArthur spoke to the students in chapel on two of Paul’s prayers that were instrumental in the shaping of MacAthur when he took the pastorate of his church almost 50 years ago. Tremedous lessons not only for pastors, but for Christians in general.