Dale Ralph Davis is well known for his masterful ability to preach the Old Testament historical texts. He has written commentaries in the Focus on the Bible series covering the historical books from Joshua and 2 Kings. In 2010 he delivered this message at the Trinity Baptist Pastor’s Conference in New Jersey.
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.
R. C. Sproul has created an album of beautiful new hymns, rooted in Scripture and Scottish history, that you will want in your music library. From the Ligonier site:
Featuring lyrics drawn from Scripture and a lifetime of theological reflection, Glory to the Holy One is a collection of beautiful new hymns written by Dr. R.C. Sproul, wedded with soaring melodies written by award-winning composer, Jeff Lippencott. Recorded in esteemed venues around the world, this new project provides the church with an offering of that which is good, true, and beautiful in the Christian faith.
Clarus is the SW Regional Conference of The Gospel Coalition held in Albuquerque, NM this year in March. Among the plenaries were Don Carson, David Helm and Alistair Begg. The title of the conference was “Assembled Under the Word: Preaching and the Church.
Steve Lawson, Conrad Mbewe, Paul Washer, John Synder, Voddie Baucham, Tim Challies, Josh Buice, and David Miller joined at the 2014 G4 Conference to preach on issues of the church.
From the website:
The church was founded by Jesus Christ and serves the purpose of bringing glory, honor, and praise to God. In our present day landscape of American evangelicalism, the church is being morphed into concert halls, entertainment stages, and country clubs. The younger generation today is being raised without any connection or commitment to the church of Jesus Christ. In fact, many churches are forming Saturday night services and minimizing worship opportunities in order to accommodate the pace of our American families. The culture is trying to change the church into something modern, convenient, cheap, and non-intrusive. In the process, doctrine has taken a backseat to pragmatics and the pulpit has been replaced with entertainment programs. From coffee shop churches to Internet churches – there is a massive problem that must be addressed in our modern culture. Let us not forget that while all of these modern advancements take place that are morphing the foundation of the church, hundreds of thousands of small dying churches are preparing to breathe their last breath. The subject of the church is a vital issue that must be addressed and it must be addressed from the counsel of sacred Scriptures.
Michael Reeves tackles the subject of music and theology, and his thesis is that music is not theologically neutral, but expresses the composer’s worldview.
A word of warning from the website:
NOTE: The quality of the audio in these recordings is not really up to scratch, but since the content is so good we thought it worthwhile to publish them. You’ll find you barely notice the sound quality after 5 minutes (but if you’re finding the audio quality frustrating, give the discussion a miss as that’s where it’s worst!).
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently featured Alistair Begg, H. B. Charles and Al Mohler at the annual Expositors Summit.
From the website:
Preaching plays a vital role in a church’s health. For this reason, this year’s Expositors Summit aims to contribute to the health of local churches by restoring the primacy of expository preaching in the pulpit. Preachers, pastors, students and all who love the Scriptures are invited to hear keynote speakers R. Albert Mohler Jr., H.B. Charles Jr. and Alistair Begg at this Word-driven event.
“Preaching is the essential instrumentality through which God shapes his people.”
– R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Do you know how your understanding of preaching has been shaped in recent centuries by the Pietists, the Revivalists, the Liberals, the Pragmatists and the Consumerists? If you don’t, you need to because these influences are shaping the crisis of preaching in the church today. That’s why this message by Al Mohler deserves a wide, wide hearing. It is 21st Christian preaching and its origins 101.
The frightening reality today is that preaching has metamorphosized into many different forms, and we are therefore required to differentiate these unbiblical forms from true biblical preaching, and to do that we label biblical preaching as “expository” preaching. And sadly, expository preaching is far from the norm in the church today, and it’s no wonder given the contented widespread biblical ignorance we see in the Christian church.
Mohler is a champion for expository preaching, and in this message he carefully and wisely considers the many arguments given by opponents of expository preaching, and examines how each of these historically developed from bad, and even shocking theology. Hence his provocative title. This should be required listening for your leaders and discipleship groups, if not your whole church.
By the way, if you haven’t listened to any of the messages at the 9 Marks at SBTS conference you are missing a real treat.
At the recent 9Marks at Southern Conference Mark Dever mentioned a sermon that had a lasting impact on him as a preacher. It was a sermon by pastor David King titled “You Old Testament Sermon Needs to Get Saved.” The message is a strong reminder that the Old Testament speaks of Christ and the Gospel, and if we miss that, our Old Testament sermons will be reduced to Pharisaical moralisms.