Jonathan Leeman at 9 Marks interviews Mark Vroegop on the subject of lament. Mark recently published a book on lament called Dark Clouds Deep Mercy.
Crawford Loritts says in an endorsement, “Mark Vroegop reminds us that grief and sorrow are not the denial of God’s presence or a lack of faith in God’s sovereign care. God calls us to lament, to give expression to our pain and sorrow, which in turn leads to authentic hope, healing, and health. Vroegop shepherds our hearts and shows us the path to discovering ‘deep mercy in dark clouds.’ This book is a hope-filled treasure!”
In this 9 Marks podcast Jonathan and Mark talk about the necessity of lament, it’s healthy place in the Christian Life, and provide some careful marks that distinguish godly lament from complaining at God.
Interview with Mark Vroegop >>>
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.
TGC 2016 Women’s Conference >>>
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.
The Prayers of the Pastor >>>
Nancy Guthrie interviews Liam Goligher on lessons he’s learned in preaching through Isaiah, and lessons that can help teachers teach through Isaiah. Outside of the Psalms, Isaiah is the most quoted book in the New Testament, yet our understanding of Isaiah is limited to a handful of chapters.
Goligher on Isaiah part 1 >>>
Goligher on Isaiah part 2 >>>
John Piper speaks at a small conference that considers one of the most shocking chapters in all of Scripture, Romans 9.
Piper on Romans 9 >>>
I’ve been writing a long series of posts on the Glorious Films blog that I’ve titled The Musical That Changed the World. The posts are brief verse by verse studies of the four songs of the nativity, from Luke chapter 1 & 2.
The Musical That Changed the World >>>
You can also follow it at toddshaffer.com
Don Carson is the keynote speaker at the Stand Conference entitled “The Weeping Prophet: Jeremiah Confronts the 21st Century.”
Stand Conf Audio >>>
Stand Conf Video >>>
Liam Goligher tackles key passages in Ezekiel to give a nice overview of this prophet’s writing in 7 sermons given at Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia in 2012.
Series on Ezekiel >>>
It’s not often you will find a preacher who will systematically preach through one of the major prophets like the 66 chapters of Isaiah. But Liam Goligher did just that with his congregation at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
Isaiah is often called the fifth Gospel and, like Romans of the New Testament, it is considered to be the gem of the Old Testament. Yet it remains a book shrouded in obscurity simply because we don’t take the time and make the effort to understand it. Give Dr. Goligher 31 sermons and he will walk you through this book, and the riches you discover will be worth the effort.
The Gospel According to Isaiah >>>
Alistiar Begg’s 11-part series on Ruth is called “God of the Ordinary.” I started listening to this series last week and have enjoyed it. From Truth for Life:
The book of Ruth must surely be one of the loveliest short stories ever written. Its four chapters contain a tale of purity, faithfulness, innocence, loyalty, duty and love, yet it is set in dark times. The concluding verse of the book of Judges, which comes immediately before Ruth in the Bible, tells us that, “In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit.” One commentator says, “The book of Judges teems with violent invasions, apostate religion, unchecked lawlessness, and tribal civil war.”
It is against this backdrop of strife and chaos that this story unfolds. Ordinary people in Bethlehem facing the everyday events of life; marriage, moving home, bereavement, family relationships… In all of this we are reminded that no matter how dark or dramatic the events of life appear to be, God still has His people and is still working out His purposes. It is in the humdrum and routine events of life that we discover God at work. If you have ever wondered if God really knows who or where you are or whether He could possibly be interested in you, you will find this series of studies to be particularly useful. Join Alistair Begg as he encourages us to look for God in the everyday ordinariness of our lives.
God of the Ordinary >>>