For New Englanders: October’s Plant New England Conference

 Are you a Christian in New England who loves the gospel? Do you want to encourage church-planting and church renewal? Check out the Plant New England conference. It’s taking place in Boston from October 14-15, 2013 (two months away, roughly). Here’s what Plant New England is about: Plant New England is designed to equip churches [Read More...]

I’m Broken and I Can’t Get Up: On Martin Luther and “Mild Antinomianism”

I just listened to this fun 9Marks interview on Christian freedom with Mark Dever, Carl Trueman, Mike McKinley, and Andy Johnson. In the course of the sprawling discussion, Trueman raised the issue of Luther’s understanding of the gospel and spoke against modern “antinomianism.” It’s clear that Trueman believes that we misappropriate Luther if we read [Read More...]

On Gonzaga Basketball, Coaches, and Anglican Pastors

I really enjoyed this New York Times story about Gonzaga University basketball coach Mark Few. Few has had outrageous success at the Catholic school in Spokane, Washington, winning 80% of all games coached and a stunning 89% of conference games. Look for Gonzaga to be formidable in a few weeks, when March Madness tips off. What’s even [Read More...]

Beginning Work at the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

I am excited, officially, to work at the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood as Executive Director. CBMW is an organization that has had a major impact on my life and theology. I trained under leading complementarians Bruce Ware (former CBMW president), Al Mohler, and Mark Dever. Under these figures (and others) I learned about [Read More...]

What Are Healthy Churches, and How Can You Support Them?

This is a question asked and answered by a very helpful ministry called 9Marks. It’s based out of Washington, D. C., and it’s associated with a strong gospel-preaching church called Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Mark Dever is the senior pastor of CHBC and the leader of 9Marks. If you’re thinking of a way to strengthen [Read More...]

A Startling Word from Mark Dever on False Conversions

Justin Taylor is live-blogging Together for the Gospel, which is quite a feat given the extensive content yielded by this outstanding conference.  Yesterday, he summarized Mark Dever’s message on “False Conversion,” which included the following.  It’s well worth pondering as a pastor and a Christian. “In reading through the NT, there are five summary truths [Read More...]

Shaka Smart & How Athletic Coaching Is Like Pastoring

Shaka Smart is the basketball coach of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond.  For two years in a row, his teams have made it to the national tournament and overachieved.  He’s coveted now by many larger schools who can pay him a great deal more money than VCU. But he just surprised the college basketball [Read More...]

Doing Ministry with a Shelby Cobra Mustang Engine (Like Piper & Carson)

I just did an interview with Christ the Center, a podcast produced by the Reformed Forum, which is associated with Westminster Theological Seminary.  This is a high-powered theological podcast that has hosted such important discussions as the recent debate among Presbyterian theologians over justification and union with Christ (with Michael Horton and Lane Tipton) and [Read More...]

Things You Should Go To: The 9Marks Weekender

I don’t know if you’ve heard about these, but if you’re interested in entering a full-blown “church lab,” a program that will allow you to savor God’s work to reform one local church–Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C.–then you need to sign up for May’s 9Marks Weekender. It’s being held from May 17-21, [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards on Hell

I recently had the privilege to sit down with Dustin Neeley of Church Planting for the Rest of Us to talk about several topics that will be released on video, including Jonathan Edwards on hell.  The above video covers how Edwards might have responded to the recent controversy regarding Rob Bell’s book Love Wins.  As [Read More...]


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