John Piper’s Reading the Bible Supernaturally

Free Audiobook of the MonthJohn Piper’s book Reading the Bible Supernaturally is the free audio book download of the month of July at ChristianAudio.

From the ChristianAudio website:

The Bible reveals glorious things. And yet we often miss its power because we read it the same way we read any other book. In Reading the Bible Supernaturally, best-selling author John Piper teaches us how to read the Bible in light of its divine author. In doing so, he highlights the Bible’s unique ability to reveal God to humanity in a way that informs our minds, transforms our hearts, and ignites our love. Ultimately, Piper shows us that in the seemingly ordinary act of reading the Bible, something supernatural happens: we encounter the living God.

Reading the Bible Supernaturally >>>

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Banner of Truth Ministers Conference 2018

For a limited time, the 2018 Banner Conference is available to watch online for free. The conference this is “Ministers of Christ.” Among the speakers are Alistair Begg, Mark Johnson, David Strain, and Al Mohler.

From the website:

The Christian ministry is a many-sided calling. We are to be preachers and teachers, serving publicly and from house-to-house. We are to do the work of an evangelist. We are to be defenders of the faith and guardians of the gospel. We carry responsibility for the oversight of the church. We are to shepherd God’s flock, visit the sick, remember those in prison and be role models to all. Though many ministers are still young, they are called to be ‘elders’ , men displaying wisdom beyond their years. And this is just a fraction of what this holy vocation entails!

There is, however, one aspect of this calling that transcends and also connects all its other aspects. It is the fact that we are first and foremost ministers of Christ. He has called, equipped and commissioned us to serve him. It is to him we must ultimately answer; but it is also from him that we receive the gifts and enabling necessary for the work he assigns. He puts his treasure in clay jars and it is his pleasure to display his power through human weakness.

Being ministers of Christ is the theme of our 2018 conference. It is intended to remind those who are ministers that they have the highest of callings; but to remind them too that the Master we serve makes us equal to the task.

For a limited time only:

2018 Banner Conference >>>

 

Principles of Debate

Monergism has assembled a collection of links to a plethora of resources about how Christians should exercise civility and care in debates, arguments, and social media engagement. While there are no audio resources here (just a few videos), the information provided is greatly needed by the church in our connected age if we are to follow Paul’s admonition in his second letter to Timothy.

“And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.”

2 Timothy 2:24-25

Principles of Debate >>>

Expositor.FM Internet Radio

If you haven’t heard about Expositor.FM you need to. This is a 24 hour Internet Radio site broadcasting the sermons of great expository preachers including Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Donald Grey Barnhouse, James Montgomery Boice, John MacArthur, Steve Lawson, Dan Duncan and S. Lewis Johnson.

The great beauty of this site is not the celebration of these men, but the great need to hear the whole counsel of God faithfully preached by men of unshakable, biblical conviction.

You can download apps for iOS and Android.

Expositor.FM >>>

S. Lewis Johnson, Expository Preacher

Many years ago John MacArthur was asked what preachers he listens to for his own joy and edification, and one of the men on his short list was S. Lewis Johnson. I had never heard of Johnson and immediately went looking for him. Johnson was involved in ministry for 45 years, a professor at a number of seminaries such as DTS and TEDS, and finished his days of ministry as the pastor at Believer’s Chapel in Dallas.

Johnson is a first-class Bible expositor and I have been blessed by listening to this faithful man preach the Word of God with clarity and power.

Since his death in 2004 the SLJ Institute has collected more than 1500 of Johnson’s sermons and is in the process of transcribing them.

SLJ Institute >>>

Shepherd’s Conference 2018 media

The 2018 Shepherd’s Conference media is now available at the Shepherd’s Conference page. The title of this years conference was “I Will Build My Church.” John MacArthur was joined by Al Mohler, Austin Duncan, HB Charles, Mark Dever, Steve Lawson, Arturo Azirdia and Ligon Duncan.

2018 Shepherd’s Conference media >>>

NAMB & 9Marks Church Planting & Revitalization Conference 2017

9Marks and the North American Missions Board (NAMB) partnered with Send DC to hold a one-day conference on church planting and revitalization in DC.  This year’s focus was “Understanding the Basics for Planters & Revitalizers”.

Speakers:

  • Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks
  • Bobby Jamieson, Associate Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
  • Ed Moore, Senior Pastor, North Shore Baptist Church, Queens, NY
  • Nathan Knight, Senior Pastor, Restoration Church, Washington, DC
  • Brian Davis, Pastor, Risen Christ Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philip Van Steenburgh, Senior Pastor, Grace Harbor Church, Cape Cod, MA
  • John Onwuchekwa, Lead Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta, GA

Church Planting & Revitalization Conference 2017 >>>

The 2016 Conference is here >>>

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Free Audiobook of the MonthChristian Audio’s free download for the month of January is Tony Reinke’s book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You.

From the website:

Drawing on the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed our lives—for good and ill. Reinke calls us to cultivate healthy habits for smartphone use in the digital age, encouraging us to be grateful for technological advance, develop skills aimed at maximizing the blessing that we (and others) can receive through our phones, and grow in the wisdom we need to avoid the many pitfalls that exist with such a powerful tool. 

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You >>>

R.C. Sproul Face to Face with Christ

Image result for r c sproulKnowing Scripture” was the first book that introduced me to the concept of hermeneutics back in the early 1990’s, and also introduced me to its author R. C. Sproul. I’ve always admired Sproul’s ability to teach difficult concepts so they are easy to grasp, and always benefited from his knowledge of philosophy and church history. “The Holiness of God” had a tremendous impact on my Christian faith as a young man, and will never forget how he taught ancient Hebrew emphasized words by repeating them. His illustration referenced Genesis 10:14 which states, “the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fell into pit pits.” Commenting on this verse Sproul wrote in his book on page 37,”

“…there are pits and there are pits. Some pits are pitier than other pits. These pits, the pit pits – were the pittiest pits of all. It is one thing to fall into a pit, but if you fall into a pit pit, you are in deep trouble.”

Sproul was setting up the significance of the seraphim calling out the repetition, “Holy, holy, holy” in Isaiah 6:3 to communicate the greatness of God.

In 2008, I was fortunate to have attended the Together for the Gospel Conference where Sproul gave one of his most powerful sermons “The Curse Motif of the Atonement” which I have returned to at least 3 times over the years.

One unique characteristic I appreciated in R. C. was his interest in the arts. He taught a series on the arts titled “Recovering the Beauty of the Arts” where he considers how art, music, imagery, literature, drama, cinematography, and architecture can be used by artists to the glory of God. He not only taught about the arts, he was a skilled practitioner. Sproul authored numerous children’s books and wrote theologically rich lyrics for worship music. One of my favorite songs is “Worthy is the Lamb” from the album “Glory to the Holy One,” composed by Jeff Lippincort.

Sproul also gave a rousing defense for artists to portray the humanity of Christ in images and drama and was the only one I ever heard make an appeal to Calvin and Luther for the use of images. R.C.’s argument is fascinating and can be found in the first Q&A session of the Ligonier 2014 National Conference “Overcoming the World.”

R. C. will be greatly missed. By God’s grace, R. C.’s ministry is well-preserved for future generations where he will continue to teach the Scripture and lead people to the Savior.

R. C. Sproul’s memorial service at St. Andrews

R. C. Sproul updated resource page at Monergism