Together for the Gospel 2018

The theme of T4G/18 is about being distinct from the world. The usual suspects led the conference: Mohler, Dever, Duncan, Mahaney, DeYoung, Piper, MacArthur, Chandler, Anyabwile, and Platt.

From the website:

What began as a friendship between four pastors from across denominational traditions has burgeoned into a biennial conference for thousands of pastors and church leaders who, for all their differences, are committed to standing together for the main thing—the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Over a decade of consequential gatherings focused on expositional preaching (2006), biblical theology (2008), the gospel (2010), conversion (2012), evangelism (2014), and the Reformation (2016), T4G has sought to reaffirm and reiterate the central doctrine of the Christian faith and to encourage local churches around the world to do the same.

The ensuing years have brought with them many new faces, along with seismic cultural shifts and challenges for Christian ministry. And yet the conference has grown as more and more pastors discover that they share the same gospel-centered ambition.

Twelve years ago, at the inaugural T4G, we adopted a series of theological positions in the form of affirmations and denials. “We are convinced,” we wrote, “that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been misrepresented, misunderstood, and marginalized in many Churches and among many who claim the name of Christ.”

As false gospels circulate and pastors are tempted to bow to cultural pressures, we remain convinced that the church is in a moment of spiritual crisis. Going on twelve years, buoyed by Christ’s promise that the gates of hell will not prevail against it, we remain convinced of the need for a full and gladdening recovery of the gospel in the church.

T4G/18 >>>

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Expositor.FM Internet Radio

If you haven’t heard about Expositor.FM you need to. This is a 24 hour Internet Radio site broadcasting the sermons of great expository preachers including Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Donald Grey Barnhouse, James Montgomery Boice, John MacArthur, Steve Lawson, Dan Duncan and S. Lewis Johnson.

The great beauty of this site is not the celebration of these men, but the great need to hear the whole counsel of God faithfully preached by men of unshakable, biblical conviction.

You can download apps for iOS and Android.

Expositor.FM >>>

S. Lewis Johnson, Expository Preacher

Many years ago John MacArthur was asked what preachers he listens to for his own joy and edification, and one of the men on his short list was S. Lewis Johnson. I had never heard of Johnson and immediately went looking for him. Johnson was involved in ministry for 45 years, a professor at a number of seminaries such as DTS and TEDS, and finished his days of ministry as the pastor at Believer’s Chapel in Dallas.

Johnson is a first-class Bible expositor and I have been blessed by listening to this faithful man preach the Word of God with clarity and power.

Since his death in 2004 the SLJ Institute has collected more than 1500 of Johnson’s sermons and is in the process of transcribing them.

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Shepherd’s Conference 2018 media

The 2018 Shepherd’s Conference media is now available at the Shepherd’s Conference page. The title of this years conference was “I Will Build My Church.” John MacArthur was joined by Al Mohler, Austin Duncan, HB Charles, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, Arturo Azirdia and Ligon Duncan.

2018 Shepherd’s Conference media >>>

NAMB & 9Marks Church Planting & Revitalization Conference 2017

9Marks and the North American Missions Board (NAMB) partnered with Send DC to hold a one-day conference on church planting and revitalization in DC.  This year’s focus was “Understanding the Basics for Planters & Revitalizers”.

Speakers:

  • Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks
  • Bobby Jamieson, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
  • Ed Moore, Senior Pastor, North Shore Baptist Church, Queens, NY
  • Nathan Knight, Senior Pastor, Restoration Church, Washington, DC
  • Brian Davis, Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philip Van Steenburgh, Senior Pastor, Grace Harbor Church, Cape Cod, MA
  • John Onwuchekwa, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta, GA

Church Planting & Revitalization Conference 2017 >>>

The 2016 Conference is here >>>

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Free Audiobook of the MonthChristian Audio’s free download for the month of January is Tony Reinke’s book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You.

From the website:

Drawing on the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed our lives—for good and ill. Reinke calls us to cultivate healthy habits for smartphone use in the digital age, encouraging us to be grateful for technological advance, develop skills aimed at maximizing the blessing that we (and others) can receive through our phones, and grow in the wisdom we need to avoid the many pitfalls that exist with such a powerful tool. 

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You >>>

R.C. Sproul Face to Face with Christ

Image result for r c sproulKnowing Scripture” was the first book that introduced me to the concept of hermeneutics back in the early 1990’s, and also introduced me to its author R. C. Sproul. I’ve always admired Sproul’s ability to teach difficult concepts so they are easy to grasp, and always benefited from his knowledge of philosophy and church history. “The Holiness of God” had a tremendous impact on my Christian faith as a young man, and will never forget how he taught ancient Hebrew emphasized words by repeating them. His illustration referenced Genesis 10:14 which states, “the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fell into pit pits.” Commenting on this verse Sproul wrote in his book on page 37,”

“…there are pits and there are pits. Some pits are pitier than other pits. These pits, the pit pits – were the pittiest pits of all. It is one thing to fall into a pit, but if you fall into a pit pit, you are in deep trouble.”

Sproul was setting up the significance of the seraphim calling out the repetition, “Holy, holy, holy” in Isaiah 6:3 to communicate the greatness of God.

In 2008, I was fortunate to have attended the Together for the Gospel Conference where Sproul gave one of his most powerful sermons “The Curse Motif of the Atonement” which I have returned to at least 3 times over the years.

One unique characteristic I appreciated in R. C. was his interest in the arts. He taught a series on the arts titled “Recovering the Beauty of the Arts” where he considers how art, music, imagery, literature, drama, cinematography, and architecture can be used by artists to the glory of God. He not only taught about the arts, he was a skilled practitioner. Sproul authored numerous children’s books and wrote theologically rich lyrics for worship music. One of my favorite songs is “Worthy is the Lamb” from the album “Glory to the Holy One,” composed by Jeff Lippincort.

Sproul also gave a rousing defense for artists to portray the humanity of Christ in images and drama and was the only one I ever heard make an appeal to Calvin and Luther for the use of images. R.C.’s argument is fascinating and can be found in the first Q&A session of the Ligonier 2014 National Conference “Overcoming the World.”

R. C. will be greatly missed. By God’s grace, R. C.’s ministry is well-preserved for future generations where he will continue to teach the Scripture and lead people to the Savior.

R. C. Sproul’s memorial service at St. Andrews

R. C. Sproul updated resource page at Monergism 

 

Why the Reformation Still Matters Free Audio Download

Free Audiobook of the MonthMichael Reeves & Tim Chester’s book “Why the Reformation Still Matters” is ChristianAudio’s free audio book download for the month of December, and only a few days are left!

Five hundred years after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, many people—Christians and non-Christians alike—view it as a conflict about issues that are no longer relevant to the church. But what if the Reformation still has something to teach us? What if the doctrines so vigorously debated and defended by the Reformers still matter today? In this accessible primer on the Reformation, Michael Reeves and Tim Chester introduce readers to eleven key questions raised by the Reformers. These questions continue to impact the church today—proving that the Reformation is much more than just a bit of history we can leave behind.

Why the Reformation Still Matters >>>

Reformation 500 Celebration

Ligonier’s Reformation 500 Celebration event is available for free download. The speakers include R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, Stephen Nichols, and Burk Parsons.

From the website:

The five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation calls for celebration and remembrance lest we forget this event and the doctrinal truths that sparked it. On October 30, 2017, Ligonier Ministries hosted a special evening celebrating the Reformation. Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, Burk Parsons, and Derek Thomas joined R.C.Sproul in covering the Reformation in brief messages that highlighted the gospel, what it means to have peace with God, the historical setting of the Reformation, and other topics.

Reformation 500 >>>