VIDEO – Tope Koleoso Reports on the Dwell Conference – Mahaney, Driscoll, Keller, Stetzer, Patrick, Masoners

My dear friend and the leader of Jubilee Church recently went to New York to the Dwell Conference on building city churches. The conference had Mark Driscoll, Tim Keller,  C. J. Mahaney, Ed Stetzer, Darrin Patrick and Eric Mason as its speakers. You can read more about the conference on the Acts 29 website, where I understand the talks will be made available.In the meantime, here is a video of Tope's thoughts. If you live in the UK make sure you listen to the very end when he makes an invitation … [Read more...]

Is Mark Driscoll in a Revival?

UPDATEI have had the opportunity to record a video interview with Mark Driscoll, and there are also a number of other posts about him you can now read elsewhere on my site.******************I wonder. Do you find yourself strongly affected when you hear about God saving people? If so, then go read this post and watch the video about what has just been happening over the Easter weekend in Seattle. When I did, I found myself crying tears of gratitude to God for what he is doing through the Mars … [Read more...]

My Most Read Blog Post Of All Time – My Interview With Mark Driscoll

Today I can finally reveal that No. 1 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on April 2, 2006, and was my interview with Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington.Thanks to my friends at Crossway, a free copy of Mark Driscoll's new book, Vintage Jesus, will be winging its way to Vince, who e-mailed the correct answer, Hugh, who blogged it, Terry B, who guessed wrong, and Craig who deserves a prize for persistence.Back in April 2006, I had only recently … [Read more...]

Book Both "Together" Conferences NOW

I can't offer two conferences for the price of one, but I can—in one post—discuss two conferences which, for all the similarities of their names, do have some important differences. For a start, they are on opposite sides of the Atlantic, so booking into the wrong one would be a significant logistical headache! I am quite sure, however, that many will cross the "pond" to attend one of what I am calling the "Together" conferences. In fact. they don't happen at the same time, so it is very pos … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll on Qualifications of a Church Leader

I had planned on an early night tonight! However, despite my best intentions, this session looks like it will keep me up late once more tonight. I may duck out half way through if I can't keep my eyes open.Driscoll began by claiming that, statistically, the only variable that makes a difference to the life or death of a new church plant is the gifting and qualifications of its leader. Driscoll will be bringing a book out on church leadership this summer.The first and most important officer in … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll – Putting Preachers in Their Place

This is the first post in several I'll be doing in what I call “remote blogging.” A few times when Tim Challies and others have been at conferences, I've shared extracts from their posts here on my blog. This time Tim is not at the Resurgence Conference on Preaching, but the Resurgence folks are offering live videocasts of their sessions.Here, then, are my thoughts on Mark Driscoll's talk, which is taking place right now as I'm listening to it sitting in my room here in London. (Incidentally ... … [Read more...]

Piper, Mahaney, and Driscoll on Preaching – The Resurgence Conference

In a few hours time, a preaching conference begins which looks like it's going to be very interesting.  The folks at Resurgence will be live-streaming the video from the conference for those of us not fortunate enough to be in Seattle this week.  See you online in a few hours? … [Read more...]

23rd Most Read Post – Interview with Wendy Alsup, Deacon at Mars Hill Church

No. 23 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on January 25, 2007, and was the concluding segment of a conversation I had with Wendy Alsup, a deacon at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. It was very interesting to get the inside story on what it is like to be a female deacon working at Mark Driscoll's church.It is a pleasure to welcome to my blog today, Wendy Alsup, who is a member of Mars Hill Church Seattle—led by Mark Driscoll. Wendy is a mother of two, and Deacon in c … [Read more...]

Review of the Blog – September to December 2007: John Owen and John Piper

During the months of September and October, I spent a lot of time quoting from a book Justin Taylor produced—a lightly edited John Owen. These can all be read on the category page for posts labeled "John Owen." In November, I gave John Piper on N. T. Wright the same treatment.I also wrote a post titled Blogging, Discernment, and a Book by Tim Challies which managed to provoke the Pyromaniacs, review Tim's book, and muse about the best approach to blogging for Christians—all in the same post! It w … [Read more...]

Review of the Blog – January to March 2007: Preaching and the Voice of God

It's time once again to review another year's worth of blogging here at my place. I have made it something of a tradition to look back and reflect on the year that has passed. I have done this previously in December 2006, 2005, and 2004. The format is simple: I highlight some of the posts that I remember most, or enjoyed writing the most over the year. This time I will break it down into a series of posts.This year I began January's blogging—after extending my customary Christmas break slightly l … [Read more...]