John Piper Disagrees With Wayne Grudem Over Baptism Graciously

As a model of how two friends can honestly, robustly, and yet graciously disagree over an issue of importance, see the following post I have re-titled "Wayne, Wayne, Wayne...". Justin Taylor has also linked to this, and there is interesting discussion in his comments section. I somehow suspect we may not have seen the last of this debate since surely Dr. Grudem won't pretend he hasn't read this!Lots of people know that Wayne Grudem and I are the deepest of friends. We love to room together at … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem Changes His Mind on Baptism

Last year I intereviewed Wayne Grudem, the leading systematic theologian of our day — at least in terms of readership of his Systematic Theology. He spoke about changing his mind about baptism from a position that it is fine for a church to have a compromise position about it. You can read what he had to say here. Justin Taylor now reports that the relevant section in Grudem's book has been rewritten for a new reprint. Justin has the whole new section on his blog, but here is an extract: … [Read more...]

I DON'T WANT BALANCE, I WANT IT ALL!

UPDATE In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 10th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 11th most-read post was The Atonement—Wright Attacks Both Sides of the Debate.Of all the posts I have written, this one is probably my own personal favorite. It is a rallying call to a kind of Christianity that is not ashamed to embrace the best from many different backgrounds.***************The last four words of the above title are not new to me, but they are c … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Quotable Quotes

Pentecostal/Charismatic Post-It Notes has put together a page of short quotes from last week's conference. Here are a few that stood out to me from his longer list: "For many of us we don’t flow in the prophetic because we don’t understand our sonship. We can read many books, but if we don’t get it settled that we are sons, then we will live as orphans for the rest of [our lives] waiting for the command of God rather than the heart of God. The prophetic is not about just hearing words, but about … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Pedro Reflects

My buddy, Pedro, kindly helped us with some of the live-blogging, and shared my hotel room. Here are his reflections on the conference. "Attending the Together on A Mission conference was, to me, a carefully orchestrated privilege from God that I will cherish all my days.Having so many people from 53 nations and various walks of life coming together all for the sake of Christ was awesome and very encouraging — indeed Jesus is alive. I have attended many conferences that have blessed me and have h … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Many More MP3s Now Available FREE

I am thrilled to report that the majority of the main sessions, the Mobilise main sessions, and quite a few of the seminars and training tracks are now available to download for free. Get over there now and start downloading, and keep checking back there for more as they continue to upload them! … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Session 1: Stephen Van Rhyn on Exodus 32

Stephen van RhynStephen is the Lead Elder of Jubilee Community Church in Cape Town, South Africa. He is married to Anna and has two young boys, Josh and Ben, and one daughter, Bethany.See also Andrew Fountain's notes from this talk, Leadership Lessons From Moses and Aaron.Together On a Mission 2007 continues to have an impact as the talks are beginning to be made available on the Net. This talk from Stephen Van Rhyn (otherwise known as 'the other guy'!) is one of the first two made available … [Read more...]

Andrew Fountain Interviews Adrian Warnock

This past weekend I had the joy of having Mr. and Mrs. Fountain stay in our family home. We had a lovely time with them, and it was an encourgaing time for all of us. We chatted for hours about our shared theology and blogging geekiness whilst Andrée and Anne chatted about their shared interest in various crafts. We got to take them to Jubilee Church, and took Anne to some of the places her family came from.Perhaps the greatest surprise to me was when Andrew said he wanted to turn the tables on … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Conference Video

The following video clip was shown on the last morning of the conference and gives a more professional overview than my own amateur footage. … [Read more...]

TOAM07 – Final Thoughts Around the Blogosphere

Here's a round-up of good posts from other bloggers on the Together for a Mission conference. These will give you an overall impression of their thoughts and reactions to the conference. Links to Andrew Fountain's excellent brief notes on each talk have been added to my reports of the messages, and as mp3 downloads become available, links will also be provided to allow you to easily get to the audio of each talk. In addition to the sessions I have covered here on my blog, Andrew also wrote notes … [Read more...]


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