Rumbling in the SBC: 2009 Convention Dispatches

I’m in the River City (Louisville, KY) for vacation.  My trip has coincided with a number of fun events: first, the annual Southern Baptist Convention, and second, the 150th anniversary of Southern Seminary, my alma mater.  The SBTS extravaganza is tomorrow, so I’ll talk about that then.  For now, here are a few thoughts from the [Read More...]

Review: Russ Moore’s “Adopted for Life”, a Book to Change Lives

Theology is alive.  It should be felt, not merely taught.  It should reach into all areas of our lives, bringing light and health to them.  The heft of God’s teaching transforms both the way we think and the way we live. Theologians who embody this kind of approach are rare (though increasing in number, I [Read More...]

Mohler on Christianity: Modernity Demands a Defense

Found this brilliant quotation in Al Mohler’s essay “Modern Theology: The Disappearance of Hell” in the noteworthy book Hell Under Fire, edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson: “Modern secularism demands that anyone who would speak for God must now defend him.  The challenge of theodicy is primarily to defend God against the problem of [Read More...]

The Link 5.8.2009: Girls Gone Wise, Full-Court Presses, and “Tweeting” the Gospel

1. Just heard about the Girls Gone Wise website.  I think from Tim Challies.  Looks like a terrific resource.  Anything Mary Kassian has going on is beneficial for women, I find.  I once sat in on a radio show she did with Al Mohler and was impressed with her wisdom and comportment.  It’s no small [Read More...]

The Hard Work of New England Ministry: A Report from a Recent Conference

Some will recall that I blogged about a pastors’ conference with pastor-theologian Steven Lawson in New England in early April 2009.  Here’s a report from the organizer, Dave Ricard, the man who runs the New England Center for Expository Preaching, an internship program that brings interns to preach in a variety of New England churches [Read More...]

Piper-Carson Media Is Up

This just in: the media for the Piper-Carson event is here.  The Desiring God blog has all the goods, and believe me, they are nice, as the event was shot in high-definition video.  If your computer can handle it, I highly recommend that you watch these talks and the Q&A through the video. Here’s the [Read More...]

Reflections on The Gospel Coalition, Band of Bloggers, and Piper-Carson

Whew.  It’s been quite a week.  Here’s my first opportunity to reflect on the three events I was involved with. The Gospel Coalition Ben Peays did a tremendous job with this conference.  It went off without a hitch.  The speakers all edified their audience and honored the Lord.  I personally enjoyed the panel discussion on [Read More...]

The Link 4.10.09: Islam, A-Rod, and Universal Health Care

1. If you have not read Al Mohler’s recent piece on Islam, I cannot recommend you do so more strongly.  Islam is a topic of huge importance for Christians, and I’ve rarely seen a Christian thinker address it more helpfully and clearly than Mohler does. 2. ESPN columnist Bill Simmons on the A-Rod phenomenon.  3. [Read More...]

Two Noteworthy Events: Steven Lawson in New England and Band of Bloggers

Two excellent events to bring to your attention: 1.  If you are a pastor or interested layperson in New England, please note that next week, the New England Center for Expository Preaching is holding an expositors’ institute featuring Steven Lawson, renowned preacher and author of over a dozen books. The event goes from this coming [Read More...]

The Link 3.6.09–Mat Kearney, Al Mohler, Collin Hansen, and Emotional Ethics

1. Christian Audio is giving away Don Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines Audiobook during this month.  Find it here. If you have not read this book, it is an absolute classic.  I’ll never forget learning from it what meditation of Scripture entailed.  Very, very helpful, especially for young Christians, though it would also help a long-time Christian [Read More...]


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