This years TGC National Conference “Coming Home” is now available online. The usual suspects gathered in Orlando in April to talk about Heaven. Don Carson, Tim Keller, John Piper, Phil Ryken, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, Voddie Baucham, and a new face, a pastor from Brazil, Augustus Nicodemus Lopes, gave the plenary addresses.
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The conference titled Coming Home: New Heaven and New Earth sought to stir longing for our ultimate home in heaven as we explored the sweep of redemption from creation to consummation, from Genesis to Revelation. Through times of worship, prayer, fellowship and instruction, we sought to reaffirm the Bible’s teaching on eschatology and declare in word and song with joyful hope that Jesus is returning soon. Along with the nine main plenary sessions we had more than 50 workshops and focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including evangelism, homosexuality, student ministry, sexual abuse, faith and work, and more.
Don’t miss Al Mohler’s workshop address “Aftermath”, or G. K. Beale & Ligon Duncan’s workshop “The Gospel and Eschatology.”
Speaking at this years conference are Voddie Baucham, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul Jr., R.C. Sproul, and Derek Thomas. These men consider some very difficult question as it relates to our contemporary culture. How are we to confront this present world? How do we live faithfully as godly remnant in such a world? How should we defend the faith? How do we stand up for and champion biblical ethics in a society that is hostile to our ethics?
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As has been true in every generation, the church today faces many challenges from the world. The intellectual and moral opposition that we face can seem overwhelming at times, which is why we need to remember that Christ has already overcome this opposition. By His life, death, and resurrection, our Savior has conquered our enemies, and by His Spirit He has granted us to share in the victory. The Lord, in His Spirit, comes alongside us to strengthen us for the battles we face. This strengthening occurs as we are grounded in His truth (John 17:17).
Ligonier is offering this years conference free for online viewing, it is also available for purchase.
This year’s Shepherd’s Conference is now available online. The conference featured some speakers who are familiar to the Shepherd’s Conference, such as Phil Johnson, Al Mohler, Steve Lawson, and, of course, John MacArthur. But this year there was a new face. Voddie Baucham was one of the keynote speakers this year.
Colin Adams wife Nicki has posted links to 12 messages specifically relating to being a wife and mother. The post is on Titus2Talk.
The speakers include Carolyn Mahaney, Barbara Hughes, Noel Piper, Susan Hunt, John Piper, Voddie Baucham and Ted Tripp. I’ve heard a number of these messages by Piper and Baucham, and they are fantastic. Visit the page and check out the titles.
If I see another “Purpose- Bible-Spirit-Faith-Driven” anything I think I’ll be ill. But, I recently finished reading a book that has impacted me more than any other book I’ve read in the past 5 years, perhaps longer. The book is Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham. Below is a link to an interview with Voddie about this book that could challenge you.
Voddie’s focus on the Biblical truth that the family is where our Christianity takes flesh is not new. In fact, there is nothing really new about this book. What is so impactful is the seriousness Voddie brings to the table, and the direct application that squares directly against the world-culture and our church culture which we have become saturated and very comfortable with. Voddie shows how Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6 are inescapable, yet somehow most churches have missed these very basic mandates.
How many Christian homes do you know that have regular family worship? How many father’s disciple their children in the Christian faith? How many families have ever tried to catechize their children? Catechism? Most of us think catechism is just for Catholics. Return to Deuteronomy 6 and you will find a mandate closer to family catechism than nothing at all.
Voddie also looks at how the average church does not support or train parents to evangelize or disciple their children. Voddie turns to an array of statistics that show how the family has greater impact in discipling children than does the youth ministry movement.
This is a very challenging book to read. I highly recommend it, even if you may not agree with how he applies everything, it will certainly sharpen you and perhaps knock off a blind spot that you’ve been carrying around for years. It did that for me. The interview will give you a good taste of what Family-Driven Faith is about.