The Link 6.26.09: Danny Akin, Mark Dever, and the SBC’s Future

1. Just one link in this busy week. 

For those who have not heard of this conference, it is worth noting:

God Exposed: Awkward Preaching in a Comfortable Age September 25-26, 2009 — Sponsored by 9Marks and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

God Exposed will call pastors and church leader to embrace and defend expositional preaching as a means to strengthen and grow the church. Expositional preaching – that which has as its aim to explain and apply a particular portion of God’s Word – is especially important in a day when many are abandoning faithfulness to the Scripture in their pulpit ministries. This conference will encourage and train pastors whose primary calling is ministering the Word of God to their people.”

Speakers include Akin, Dever, CJ Mahaney, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Mike McKinley.  Looks great.

It is really exciting to see continued partnership between Danny Akin and Mark Dever.  These men have been friends for years, but their enhanced cooperation means great things for the SBC’s future, I think.  Akin is a major SBC figure, one who commands respects from all Southern Baptist figures.  Dever is a more broadly evangelical leader who has sometimes failed to find a place at the table due to his staunch theology.  Here’s hoping that these two men will continue to partner in order that many others who would not otherwise sit at the same table will break bread together in coming days.

Akin went out of his way to show kindness to the 9Marks folks at this latest convention.  Southeastern Seminary hosted a number of events so that 9Marks could have a place at the SBC.  That was most kind of Akin and the school he leads, and it did not go unnoticed.  That kind of maturity and graciousness can only have good effects.

–Have a great weekend, all.


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