The Gospel Coalition’s 2016 Women’s Conference was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from June 16 to 18, 2016. More than 7,000 women from all 50 states and 40 countries gathered together to study 1 Peter.
The conference, “Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering,” sought to show who we are in Christ and how we are to live as redeemed sojourners.
Along with the seven main plenary sessions, we had more than 40 workshops and 30 focus gatherings led by speakers addressing topics including discipleship, sexual identity, abortion, mentoring, sexual abuse, raising children, faith and work, and more.
Speakers include Tim and Kathy Keller, Don Carson, Kathleen Nielson, Jen Wilkin, Rosaria Butterfield, and many more.
Paul Washer challenges the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ. He also deals extensively with the effects of saving grace that God promises in the new covenant; namely, the creation of new hearts and new people.
R.C. Sproul, Al Mohler, Stephen Nichols, and R.C. Sproul Jr. gathered in Sanford, Florida to speak on lessons from the Reformation and the relevance it has for us today. Audio and video are free to stream at Ligonier.org.
The Marrow Controversy surrounded a book written in the 1640’s by a man named Edward Fisher entitled The Marrow of Modern Divinity. The book, written as a dramatic dialogue between four men debating the gospel and it’s implications for the Christian life, the men being Neophytus, Evangelista, Nomista and Antinomista. Neophytus is a young Christian, Evagelista a minister, and Nomista who believes in law over grace and Antinomista who believes in grace over law. The theological engagement centers on the relationship of grace and law in the Gospel.
Fisher’s book was banned by the Church of Scotland in 1740, accusing the book of preaching antinomianism and Universal salvation. In response, Thomas Boston and a group of other men opposed the ban arguing that the Church had taken Fisher’s teaching out of context.
Why all the fuss? Fisher’s book is widely regarded as one of the most important doctrinal books ever written, skillfully unravelling the difficult relationship between grace and law, and bringing to light the great dangers of the two polar evils of legalism and antinomianism (lawlessness). Ferguson has given two series of lectures on the Marrow, and is about to release a book about it called The Whole Christ. I would encourage you to read the endorsements for the Marrow of Modern Divinity and The Whole Christ at WTS Books.
Ferguson’s book The Whole Christ is, in part, based upon the following two series of lectures.
Nancy Guthrie interviews Liam Goligher on lessons he’s learned in preaching through Isaiah, and lessons that can help teachers teach through Isaiah. Outside of the Psalms, Isaiah is the most quoted book in the New Testament, yet our understanding of Isaiah is limited to a handful of chapters.
Rosaria Butterfields autobiography is the free audio book download from ChristianAudio for the month of August. In case you don’t know who she is, she was once a lesbian activist in the LGBT movement, and through the study of the Bible she converted to Christ. She is now an active voice in the evangelical world having spoken conferences like the Ligonier National Conference and The Southern Baptist Annual Meeting.
Rosaria has a powerful message and gives us sober insight in how we can interact with and help those in the LGBT community come to faith in Jesus.