Understanding Complementarianism With Yarborough & Carson

Don Carson and Bob Yarborough were the guest speakers at the 2012 EFCA Theology Conference, and they tackled the very incendiary subject of gender.

Matt Smethurst writes on The Gospel Coalition website:

Our Lord and his inspired apostles were culturally situated, yes, but they weren’t culturally bound. Many assume that cultural rootedness automatically amounts to cultural relativity; the two, however, are simply not the same.

Followers of King Jesus must remain finally tethered “not to a political conviction or to social habit or to hermeneutical whimsy, but to divine mandate.” And for those who embrace the King’s word as their supreme authority, the divine mandate is clear. In these talks, Carson and Yarbrough have offered careful reflection on a contentious and critical issue.

The TGC site links are not working as of October 2014.  Perhaps they will be corrected at some point.

Understanding Complementarianism >>>

A secondary site to find the audio links is at the Caffeinated Thoughts blog >>>

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2012 Ligonier National Conference

Ligonier has just posted the audio and video  from it’s national conference, free to view by streaming, but there is a cost to purchase for download.  This year’s conference subject is The Christian Mind, and the is helmed by an august group of speakers:  Al Mohler, Michael Horton, Steve Lawson, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Godfrey, R C Sproul Senior and Junior, plus too many more to list.

2012 Ligonier National Conference >>>

2012 Shepherd’s Conference

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.

2012 Shepherd’s Conf >>>

2012 Shepherd’s Conf at Monergism.com >>>

J. C. Ryle & Masculine Ministry [Theology Thursday]

Our selected video for this week is John Piper’s biographical sketch for the 2012 Desiring God Pastor’s Conference which looked at the Bishop of Liverpool, J. C. Ryle.

Ryle was a very powerful preacher who didn’t pedal softly around the weaknesses he saw in the church.

Here is a lengthy quote by Ryle to whet your appetite, abbreviated by John Piper:

is an epidemic which is just now doing great harm, and especially among young people. . . . It produces what I must venture to call . . . a “jelly-fish” Christianity . . . a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or power. . . . Alas! It is a type of much of the religion of this day, of which the leading principle is, “no dogma, no distinct tenets, no positive doctrine.”

We have hundreds of “jellyfish” clergyman, who seem not to have a single bone in their body of divinity. They have no definite opinions . . . they are so afraid of “extreme views” that they have no views of all.

We have thousands of “jellyfish” sermons preached every year, sermons without an edge, or a point, or corner, smooth as billiard balls, awakening no sinner, and edifying no saint. . . .

And worst of all, we have myriads of “jellyfish” worshipers—respectable Church-gone people, who have no distinct and definite views about any point in theology. They cannot discern things that differ, any more than colorblind people can distinguish colors. . . . They are “tossed to and fro, like children, by every wind of doctrine”; . . . ever ready for new things, because they have no firm grasp on the old.

J. C. Ryle & Masculine Ministry >>>