ChristianAudio’s free download for the month of October is David Platt’s Follow Me.
Doug Wilson was invited to The Masters Seminary to speak at chapel on argumentation and responding to atheism. Wilson opens his talk by stating that we should not argue to win the arguement, rather argue to win the people — we should argue that people matter.
For more than a decade I’ve been downloading and listening to hundreds of sermons each year. I’ve been able to sit under the teaching of men I would have never known about, much less have access to their past sermons had it not been for the Internet. While I have a massive list of favorite preachers there are a handful of men I routinely turn to again and again. At the top of my list is Dick Lucas, retired pastor of St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, and while he’s in his 90’s (I believe) he still preaches on occasion.
Dick Lucas is one of those preachers whose sermons are clear, engaging and uncommonly weighty. Most of his sermons are less than 30 minutes in duration as he often preached during the lunch hour on weekdays.
The Gospel Coalition has a massive archive of Dick Lucas’ sermons. You can also find sermons and videos of Lucas at the St. Helen’s website.
You may have seen the excerpt from a great sermon Matt Chandler gave on abortion. It’s “gone viral” on social media, and while the excerpt is very good, the parts that come before and after are just as good, including a gracious application of the gospel for those who have encouraged or had an abortion. Here’s the clip, and at bottom of post is a link to the full sermon.
Matt raises a siege of good argumentation, and undermines the most common pro-choice arguments and mantra’s such as “A woman’s right to choose” and the ever present smokescreen, “What about [enter rare, tragic situation]?” Matt rightly calls abortion “murder for convenience.”
As horrific a statement that is, Matt draws our attention to God’s grace in the gospel.
There is no sin with more power than the cross of Jesus Christ, not even the one we’re talking about today. If this had more power than the cross, we wouldn’t be talking about it. If this got to define you, we wouldn’t be talking about it. This doesn’t define you because Christ’s forgiveness will define you.
Matt situates us in history with this:
Okay, so let me do this. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but it seems like because science is so on our side on this, it will only be a matter of time until Roe v. Wade has to be overturned. With that said, God has almost always accomplished social change through the outcry of his people who are against the world for the sake of the world. I think there are these defining moments of history that, as we look back on history, we kind of wish we could have been there. We wish we would have fought alongside, right?
Matt outlines 4 things we must now do to see Roe vs. Wade overturned.
- Repent of our indifference. “Abortion ends a life, so what do you want me to do about it?” That’s our indifference in action.
- Pray because this is no longer a rational issue, it’s a spiritual one. The science is clear that a human life is destroyed through abortion, but our opponents now turn a deaf ear to that. They don’t care.
- This issue should inform how we vote. Does that make us a single-issue voter? 54 million abortions since 1974 should make this an issue to single out.
- Get involved. Matt provides concrete ways we can work for the sanctity of life.
Rosaria Butterfields autobiography is the free audio book download from ChristianAudio for the month of August. In case you don’t know who she is, she was once a lesbian activist in the LGBT movement, and through the study of the Bible she converted to Christ. She is now an active voice in the evangelical world having spoken conferences like the Ligonier National Conference and The Southern Baptist Annual Meeting.
Rosaria has a powerful message and gives us sober insight in how we can interact with and help those in the LGBT community come to faith in Jesus.
John Piper speaks at a small conference that considers one of the most shocking chapters in all of Scripture, Romans 9.
Al Mohler invites Kay Hymowitz to his podcast to talk about the problem society faces today of boys taking much longer to grow into manhood. Hymowitz has recently published a new book titled, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women is Turning Men into Boys. She identifies many males in their twenties and thirties as “child men.”
Mohler introduces his podcast:
Something is happening when it comes to young men in America and for that matter around the world. It might be better stated as something is not happening. What is not happening is that boys are not moving into manhood at anything like what we might describe as on schedule. Instead we’ve entered a new very, very troubling period in American life in which the transition from boyhood to manhood is anything but clear and in many cases anything but happening.
Kay Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute one of the nation’s most important think tanks. She’s also a contributing editor of City Journal. She writes extensively on issues including childhood, family issues, poverty, and cultural change in America.
In February Desiring God held their annual pastors conference entitled Where Sin Increased: The Rebellion of Man and the Abundance of Grace. The speakers included Sam Storms, Bryan Chapell, Conrad Mbewe, Steve Childers, and Mike Bullmore among others.
The audio of the sessions is available online.
MacArthur’s sermon from this past Sunday was a look at the continued moral deterioration of the United States fueled by the Supreme Court. In this message he talks about his perception of the nation’s situation before God and then directs his attention to 2 Thessalonians 1. In his introduction he said this:
The two greatest attacks of terror on America were perpetrated by the Supreme Court. Not by any Muslim, but by the Supreme Court of the United States. The first one was the legalizing of abortion. Subsequent to that, there have been millions of babies slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers. It’s incalculable to even comprehend that. The blood of those lives cries out from the ground for divine vengeance on this nation.
The second great act of terror perpetrated by the Supreme Court was the legalization of same-sex marriage. The destruction of human life in the womb—in a sense, the destruction of motherhood—and now the destruction of the family itself. No bomb, no explosion, no attack, and no assault on people physically can come anywhere near that kind of terrorism. Our country is being terrorized by the people most responsible to protect it—those who are to uphold the law.
Just a few comments beyond that. No human court has the authority to redefine morality. But this human court has said murder is not murder; and marriage is not marriage; and family is not family. They have usurped the authority that belongs only to God, who is the creator of life, marriage, and family.
At this year’s Southern Baptist Annual Meeting Ronnie Floyd led the President’s Panel on the same-sex marriage issue. The speakers on this panel were Al Mohler, Russell Moore, Matt Carter, Ryan Blackwell and Dr. Rosaria Butterfield who came to faith out of the LGBT community. This was one of the most helpful, biblical, level-headed, Gospel-oriented discussions I’ve seen among evangelicals about this volatile issue that sees many Christians sliding into anger on one side, or Gospel-emptying acquiescence on the other.
There isn’t currently an easy link to this panel discussion, but go to the following link and navigate to Wednesday Afternoon and you’ll find this panel on page 2.