Monday, April 26, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Now concerning the conference. You can go HERE to download or listen to audio or you can watch the video of each main session. It was truly a blessing to hear these godly men challenge us to be faithful to preaching the true gospel and warning us against the dangers of "adjusting" the gospel. It was also a kick to hang out with two of my longtime friends, John Denby and Paul Lyle. These are two faithful preachers and iron sharpened iron through our fellowship over the week.
I'm back in full swing this week. Tonight in fact I'll be preaching at Lamar University's Baptist Student Ministry. If you are in or around Beaumont tonight (or next Tuesday night) around 7pm (ish) pop in to the BSM building on campus. You can call 409-880-2276 for details.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Yea…that we shall see the great Head of the Church once more . . . raise up unto Himself certain young men whom He may use in this glorious employ. And what manner of men will they be? Men mighty in the Scriptures, their lives dominated by a sense of the greatness, the majesty and holiness of God, and their minds and hearts aglow with the great truths of the doctrines of grace. They will be men who have learned what it is to die to self, to human aims and personal ambitions; men who are willing to be ‘fools for Christ’s sake’, who will bear reproach and falsehood, who will labor and suffer, and whose supreme desire will be, not to gain earth’s accolades, but to win the Master’s approbation when they appear before His awesome judgment seat. They will be men who will preach with broken hearts and tear-filled eyes, and upon whose ministries God will grant an extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, and who will witness ‘signs and wonders following’ in the transformation of multitudes of human lives.
HT: John Piper
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
- I've added a new link to a blog called Practical Shepherding. It has great counsel on pastoral care and ministry. This is a helpful resource whether you are a pastor or deacon. It is also sound advice for every church member regarding ministering to one another.
- Even the Christian Science Monitor has taken notice of a growing return to Calvinistic doctrine. Here is a great article that gives special attention to Capitol Hill Baptist Church- a Southern Baptist Church in Washington DC.
- The issue of homosexuality and the tolerance of some churches not to treat those engaged in it as habitual sinners in need of repentance (and the gospel) is not one we can ignore. Here is an article from the Dallas Morning News regarding a church in our state (that we are affiliated with through the BGCT) that is being called to reevaluate its poor position.
- One more thing... as I said yesterday, I will be attending T4G next week. If you'd like to track along Tim Challies will be "lobby blogging" from the conference. If you'd like the audio of any of the sessions let me know once I get back and I can get you a CD.
I will not be blogging next week (unless I squeek in a scheduled post or two before I leave). Thanks for your prayers!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday through Thursday I will be attending the Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Here are the speakers and topics they will address:
- Mark Dever (pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in DC) will speak on "The Church is the Gospel made Visible".
- R.C. Sproul (pastor, author and theologian extraordinaire) will speak on "The Defense and Confirmation of the Gospel".
- Al Mohler (president of Southern Seminary) will speak on "How does it happen? Trajectories toward an Adjusted Gospel".
- Thabiti Anyabwile (pastor and author of What is a Healthy Church Member?) will speak on "How wrongly 'Engaging the Culture' adjusts the Gospel".
- John MacArthur (pastor-teacher and author) will speak on "The Theology of Sleep from Mark 4".
- David Platt (SBC pastor) will speak in a breakout session I'm attending on "Connecting Gospel Theology with Urgent Missiology".
- John Piper (pastor and author) will speak on "Did Jesus preach the Gospel of Evangelicalism?"
- Ligon Duncan (PCA pastor) will speak on "Did the [Patristic] Fathers know the Gospel?"
- Matt Chandler (pastor) will share testimony about his ministry and his cancer.
- C.J. Mahaney (director of Sovereign Grace Ministries) will speak on "Expository Faithfulness from 2 Timothy 4:1-5".
That's just the first four days! After flying back to Houston on Thursday I will be meeting my wife to spend a few precious days with her at a Bed & Breakfast in central Texas (while her parents babysit for us). Lord willing, I plan to be back in full swing by April 20. In my absence Kyle Campise of Ridgewood Church will faithfully fill the pulpit for our Lord's Day worship and evening Nightlight Service. Please pray for travelling mercies... pray that the Lord would further equip me for more fruitful ministry... and pray that Blair and I would be further strengthened in our covenant.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The English Standard Version... an ancestor of the King James Version and Revised Standard Version is much more readable and still a word for word translation. The ESV is my favorite translation to read for personal study and devotion. Why then do I preach from the NASB? For one, I'm a creature of habit. Two, many of my congregation have purchased an NASB to follow along with the sermon better (which is awesome!) so I don't want to force everyone to run out an buy another Bible. Three, a few generous souls replaced all the old NIV pew Bibles with NASB large print pew Bibles. I recommend folks have both on their shelf if possible for study and devotional purposes. Two of my favorite study Bibles are the ESV Study Bible and the MacArthur Study Bible. I'd recommend purchasing these as well (the link for the MacArthur SB is for the large print 37% off on Amazon.com). The main thing is that whatever version you have-- read it!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
[For my flock... back in our series through Matthew's Gospel next Sunday. We're picking up in chapter 24. Then on Sunday night at 6pm I'll do the introduction to a new series in the Book of Job]