Ligonier Ministries produced a wonderful podcast series called Luther: In Real Time. It’s a series of short 10-minute episodes that Follows Luther’s footsteps in his conflict with the Catholic Church and Pope Leo X. This is the story of Luther’s part in the Protestant Reformation.
The series is written by Douglas Bond and presented by Barry Cooper.
MidWestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College have pulled their resources together to offer free online seminary-level courses for individuals and churches. It’s called the For the Church Institute, or FTC Institute for short.
The Institute is “a platform designed to provide accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify the local church and beyond.” Their motto is “Where theological education meets the local church.”
The Master’s Seminary has been posting full seminary level courses online. This is a treasure of in depth resources for professional level clergy as well as the laity who want to develop in depth skills and biblical understanding.
Here are some of the courses that have been posted.
Fundamentals of Expository Preaching
Mechanics of Expository Preaching
Apologetics and Evangelism
Marriage and Family Counseling
Old Testament Studies
New Testament Studies
Issues in Christian Ethics
Biblical Manhood & Womanhood
…and there are many other courses on particular books of the Bible.
Ligonier’s National Conference is available on YouTube. The conference title is “Right Now Counts Forever.”
With our glorious future in view, Christians do not have less of a stake in the present, but infinitely more. As R.C. Sproul so often reminded us, right now counts forever. On March 18–20, 2021, Ligonier Ministries hosted its 2021 National Conference, celebrating fifty years since the ministry’s founding. Sinclair Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Joel Kim, Steven Lawson, John MacArthur, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Derek Thomas considered the eternal significance of our everyday lives, equipping us to better serve the Lord, love our neighbors, and make Christ known.
The world today is not the same world many of us grew up in. The coming years will likely see big falling away from the church as “Christians” won by a false gospel of prosperity and self-fulfillment will begin to abandon those churches promises and prophecies have been shown empty. The falling away will also be fueled by a rise of persecution against Christians in Western society.
In this message John MacArthur addresses the alien gospel that has taken hold of much of the church, and he clarifies what the true gospel of the Bible teaches. He warns us that our Western society is moving toward a greater intolerance, even hostility, toward those who hold biblical convictions. The Equality Act will lay the ground work for this. But we need not be discouraged or fearful, rather we should be excited that God has placed us here for such a time as this.
MacArthur directs us to the example of the Apostle Paul and the persistent sufferings he endured while faithfully serving Christ, serving the church, and advancing the Gospel. By Paul’s example, he encourages Christians, and particularly pastors and leaders, to have the courage to stand for biblical truth in this world of growing hostility.
Josh Buice on the G3 Podcast talks with wife of pastor James Coates who was arrested and jailed for holding church services in Edmonton, Alberta. There’s a lot of misinformation about Coates and this situation floating around. Whatever your position on whether this is persecution or merely civil disobedience, this is a valuable podcast to listen to.
In 2019 the Southern Baptist Convention voted to adopt Proposition 9 on Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. The proposition was brought to the convention and rushed through with little time for debate. Not only was this brought to the vote in a sketchy manner, it was really disingenuous given how challenging the subject matter is. How many of those voting members in that massive auditorium would even be able to define the terms Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality in any meaningful way? Without a healthy debate this was an emotional vote, not an informed vote.
By What Standard? is a documentary produced by Founders Ministries to reflect on this SBC vote and to provide the material that should have been considered and debated. Tom Ascol, Rod Martin, Josh Buice, Thomas Nettles, Voddie Baucham, Al Mohler, Summer White Jaeger, and others weigh in on the issues that are fracturing the Southern Baptist Convention.
It’s important for Christians to be informed about what Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality is so that we can understand what’s happening in our culture, address racial injustices in a Christian manner, and maintain the integrity of the Gospel and God’s Word.
St. Helen’s has built out a new resource library for their excellent sermons and other content. If you’re familiar with St. Helen’s Bishopsgate you’ll know they are known for excellence in their preaching and teaching. Behind this ethos is Dick Lucas who began preaching there is 1961. Dick has been one of my favorite preachers for quite some time, and I’m very excited to see this new resource library.
Media Gratiae produces a number of good podcasts, but one recently caught my attention. It’s called Hymn Stories. It’s hosted by Ryan Bush who wrote the book, “A Guide to Family Worship.” The podcast is described as a podcast about how our songs of faith came to be and how they have encouraged and strengthened believers.
Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever discuss the subject of the latest 9 Marks Journal, Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory. Dever asserts this is one of the most important roles of a pastor. He also observes that our current generation does not think deeply about heaven, we see it as escapism. This is reflected in the fact that modern hymnals tend to have perhaps ten songs on heaven, whereas hymnals in the 19th century and earlier would contain hundreds of hymns about heaven. As Spurgeon says in his autobiography, his job as a pastor is “to usher guided tours of Heaven.”