The Link 8.14.09: Awkward Family Photos, Pastor-Theologians, and People Growth

1. One of the single funniest websites I’ve come across is Awkward Family Photos.  The title tells the story.  Your life will be more complete by visiting this site. 2. Gerald Hiestand of Harvest Bible Chapel (home of renowned preacher James MacDonald) has the best single piece I’ve seen on the pastor-theologian.  Seminarians and pastors, [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

The SBTS Sesquicentennial: Recapping A Celebration of Faith

Today Southern Seminary–or, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary–celebrated its 150th anniversary.  This is known in fancy chronological language as a sesquicentennial. The day was an eventful and meaningful one.  Events at SBTS included a lunch at 12:30pm that drew way over 1000 people; a time for campus tours and fellowship afterwards; and a ceremony at [Read More...]

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...]

Sweeney’s “Jonathan Edwards”: Must-Buy

The Director of the Henry Center, Doug Sweeney, a friend and mentor, has authored an important text entitled Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word (InterVarsity, July 2009). The book covers the life and Word-centered ministry of the colonial pastor-theologian, a subject area in which Sweeney has already produced numerous important works, including Volume [Read More...]

The Link 5.22.09: Missions as Business, Praise Factory, and Over the Rhine

1. I’ve mentioned Access Partners before, but I want to point you to a moving video that outlines what they do.  Really exciting to see Christians developing new ways to push the gospel. 2. Connie Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church has published an exceptional children’s ministry curriculum called Praise Factory.  The website is now [Read More...]

Mark Dever Pastored a Multi-Site Church: The New 9Marks eJournal on Multi-Site Churches

The May-June version of the 9Marks eJournal is here, and it is, as usual, terrific.  Kudos to editor Jonathan Leeman.  Here’s the PDF with clickable links.  This issue centers on the multi-site church and includes numerous articles evaluating it from a variety of angles.  This is perhaps the biggest question today for many evangelicals regarding polity, [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 3.20.09: Abortion Arguments, Troubled Political Families, and Dever on Multi-Site Churches

1. Vitamin Z has a great interview on a robust pro-life way of thinking and acting with Scott Klusendorf, author of a new and important book called The Case for Life (very highly recommended by Justin Taylor). Here’s a very moving quotation from the interview in which Klusendorf describes how he left malaise on this [Read More...]

Dude, You’re Not Mark Driscoll, and Other Ways to Find a Pastoral Identity

9Marks just released its new eJournal on helping young pastors. I highly commend it to you–it looks very, very helpful. I had a thought on this topic.  It strikes me that young pastors, which I hope will one day include me, need to emulate our leaders and heroes, but only to a point.  We need [Read More...]


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