This years Desiring God Conference was unexpected and wonderful. It was one of the most unusual, and yet very practical conferences I’ve heard.
Piper’s message on Christian eloquence was very helpful in wrestling through issues that I think we seldom wrestle with as preachers and teachers. John brought us face to face with a proper dividing of the term eloquence, in the negative as words used to self glorify, and in the positive as words that glorify God with powerful and effective communication.
Driscoll came out swinging with humility, as he turned to Scripture’s rough language. Mark did a masterful job at explaining when rough language is appropriate and when it is not. He also shared some amazing things that are happening at Mars Hill, both good and shocking. This was one message not to miss. Highly practical and sobering.
Dan Taylor brought a helpful perspective on the power of story and the place of creativity in the lives of Christians. I had not known of Dan before this conference, but since then, I’ve ordered his book ‘Tell Me A Story’ to further my understanding of his perspective of story.
Sinclair Ferguson did an amazing and very helpful broad exposition and application of the tongue, as found in the book of James. This is one message I will have to go back and take notes for, because there is just so much information packed into Ferguson’s message.
Bob Kauflin gave one of the most easily digestable arguments for the place of contemporary Christian music that I’ve ever heard, by using his piano to make his points. Bob also very wisely explained the role and place of music in Christian worship. A very helpful and clarifying message.
Paul Tripp tackled the truth that our words and our talk is a reflection of our hearts.