Piper’s One Day Passion Conference messages

Desiring God has just released 3 of John Piper’s messages that he delivered at the One Day Passion Conferences.  These are all excellent messages, and available for download in both video or audio.  The messages are:

Boasting Only in the Cross
A Generation Passionate for God’s Holiness
How Our Suffering Glorifies the Greatness of the Grace of God

Pipers messages here >>>

Commute thru the Bible

Over the next 8 weeks I will be listening straight through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  My audio Bible of choice is The Listener’s Bible in ESV read by Max McLean, which is about 70 hours long.  With my 2+ hours of daily commute, it should take me 7 to 8 weeks.  For me this is a sort of sermon fast. I’m looking forward to it.

Today I went through the first 31 chapters of Genesis.

Posts will be minimal over the next few months.  I may dig up some old sermons I enjoyed,  but I will keep you updated weekly on my progress through Scripture.

If you’re up to joining me in this trek, drop me a comment along the way.

How to Listen to a Bad Sermon

J. Ligon Duncan delivered two excellent messages at Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Ligon challenges us to consider how the individualism, consumerism and relativism of our times have deadened our ability to delve deep into the Scriptures and to live Biblically. He cites how the people of Puritan days would listen to 2 to 3 hour long sermons, because for them Scripture meant something serious given that the smell of burning flesh of that era was present with the persecution of Christians.

Understanding the Times mp3>>>

How to Listen to a Bad Sermon mp3>>>


Romans Consentrated with John Piper

In 5 messages, John Piper takes a condensed look at Paul’s argument in chapters 9 through 11 in which he assures that Israel will be saved. These chapters lead us into the doctrines of grace, particularly focusing on God’s electing work in salvation. Piper deals with this text in one of the most helpful, pastoral and direct ways I’ve heard. He even raises the possibility that it was out of God’s anger with Israel that God extended salvation to the Gentiles.

Piper also relates his difficulty as a seminary student with God’s sovereignty and elective will which caused his world to collapse around him.

Romans, the condensed version page >>>


Beware of False Prophets with John MacArthur

Excellent 4 message series from MacArthur recently on false prophets; who they are and how to spot them.  MacArthur sees 3 different types of false prophets in Scripture:  Heretics, apostates and the decieved.  Don’t miss this timely series.

Beware of False Prophets 1a page >>>

Beware of False Prophets 1b page >>>

Beware of False Prophets 2a page >>>

Beware of False Prophets 2b page >>>

The Marrow Controversy with Sinclair Ferguson

After listening to Derek Thomas’ excellent lectures on John Owen, I realized I didn’t know anything about the ‘Marrow Controversy’ and decided to find some lectures to shore up that hole in my church history knowledge.   What I found were 3 messages by none other than Sinclair Ferguson.

The Marrow Controversy took place in 16th century Scotland, and while the controversy itself is somewhat obscure to the average Christian, it’s implications to the gospel are critical.  It faces this question:  “Is it sound or orthodox to teach that we forsake sin in order to our coming to Christ?” What results are answers examing the difference between cheap grace and free grace, and the errors of Legalism and Antinomianism.

This is a very good series, however the audio is not in the best shape.

Sinclair Ferguson on the Marrow Controversy page >>>

The Faith by Hearing Best MP3’s of first half of 2007

The following 12 messages are ones I consider the most impactful, important messages that were delivered and posted on this blog in the first 6 months of 2007.  They are not in any specific order, other than the order in which added them to this post.  If you are overwhelmed by the amount of material posted on this site, this is a good post to start with.  I’ll try to do this more frequently so that those with less active iPods will be able to hit the highlights in a given timeframe.

John Piper
God is the Gospel
Resolved Conference 2007

Al Mohler
‘Christ Our Ransom’
Mohler gives us a comprehensive picture of the work of our Savior as God and as our great mediator.  He focuses on the logic of substitution.
2007 Ligonier Conference ‘Cross of Christ’

Al Mohler
‘Blessing or Curse’
Mohler looks at the big picture of God’s redeeming purpose.  He makes this very challenging statement: “We are living in a time when we find ‘attention’ a very, very rare stewardship. And we are particularly weakened and compromised in the evangelical church today because there is not adequate attention–slow, text driven, theologically enriched attention–to how we are to view the great doctrines of the faith. So, instead, what happens is, even in some of the most orthodox of our churches, what happens is you skip across texts of Scripture. And you take glance blows across doctrines, and it’s not so much that they are mistaught, but it’s that they are misapprehended.  Because lacking context, and lacking a systematic understanding, and lacking a comprehensive attentiveness to these things, we rob God of His glory in His church by treating doctrines as disconnected realities, and texts as isolated islands of meaning, rather than pointing to the comprehensive purpose of God laid out in the comprehensive unity of Scripture.”

Mark Dever
Discern Your Doctrine
2007 New Attitude Conference
Free mp3 at Sovereign Grace

John Piper
Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Vision;
Andrew Fuller’s Broadsides against Sandemanianism, Hyper-Calvinism and Global Unbelief’
Desiring God 2007 Conference for Pastors

William Mackenzie of Christian Focus Publications
Words for the World: Rejoicing in God’s Global Use of Christian Literature
Desiring God 2007 Conference for Pastors

Arturo Azurdia
Preaching…Must the Means Match the Message?
Master’s Seminary Spring Chapel message

John MacArthur
Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist is a Pre-Millennialist
2007 Shepherds’ Conference
When I posted about this message by John MacArthur I recieved the most emails and comments, both pro and con, that I have for any other post.  Since the Shepherd’s Conference to this day, this post has recieved the most traffic.

John Piper
Lionhearted & Lamblike: The Christian Husband as Head, part 1, part 2
Bethlehem Baptist Church Sunday AM
Very important admonition for regaining Biblical manhood in the home.

John Piper
Radical Effects of the Resurrection 
Rez Week message at Texas A & M
Challenge to Christians to live lives of sacrificial service.

Mark Dever, Russ Moore, C.J Mahaney, Randy Stinson
Feminism in the Church & Home
A hard look at the deep invasion of feminism

Living Hope for the End of Days, Barnett

John Barnett’s ministry Discover the Book is a wonderful and expansive resource for the church and the MP3 revolution.  The website contains hundreds of John’s sermons and study series that he’s preached over the years at Tulsa Bible Church in Oklahoma.  All the downloads are free. Barnett is a gifted and godly expositor of God’s Word. 


Living Hope for the End of Days is a 52 message journey through the book of Revelation, and a companion book has been published as a one year devotional.  It’s a series that Barnett says is the result of a lifetime of study through Revelation.

I have not listened to all the messages in this series, as of yet, but I have been blessed by what few I have. There is also a large companion book divided into a year-long daily devotional based on the same material, which is also an excellent resource which I highly recommend. This is a richly rewarding series that will help you see Christ exalted throughout the book of Revelation. 

Living Hope for the End of Days series >>>

Derek Thomas on John Owen’s Pastoral Theology

Derek Thomas asserts that John Owen is the greatest of the 17th century theologians, and in my own limited experience of Owen, I would not be able to argue against it.  Owen is mighty, and Owen is difficult.  Thomas’ messages on Owen are very helpful in understanding Owen’s works, and will inspire you to read Owen.  Thomas delivered these messages recently at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

John Owen’s Pastoral Theology at Shepherd’s Scrapbook >>>