Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thabiti Anyabwile is senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman Islands. He is himself an outstanding preacher in the reformed tradition. He writes in this book about three African-American pastors who were faithful in life and doctrine. They were faithful to their call and promoted the gospel, not some watered down, Afro-centric, liberal mumbo jumbo like Rev. Wright. This is one of the books from T4G. I confess to having it already and it was an eye opening book to read. It broadened my understanding of and appreciation for rhe African-American church. You can order it through the Westminster Seminary Bookstore. Just click on their link. Pastor Anyabwilie has his own blog Pure Church.
Monday, April 28, 2008
This is the first of the T4G books I've set out to read. I'm into chapter 6 right now. My immediate response so far is that "the more we learn about the emerging church, the harder it is t swallow." (p.23) Double talk and ambiguity are two words I would use to characterize this group. Two other words are neo-modernism and theological jello. (OK, that's three words!) More when I've completed the book.
Our PCA Presbytery met last Thursday in Alamogordo, NM. It was a good meeting. We conducted the normal business, including recognizing two newly organised churches, one each in AZ and NM. We also had the unhappy, but necessary, task of deposing a minister. That last issue is probably passing strange for many, yet considered to be one of the three marks of a true church by John Calvin and others. The other marks are the preaching of the Word and the right administration of the Sacraments.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
When I was in seminary, eons ago, we used to quote what we called the seminary student's verse from Ecclesiastes 12:12b, "Of the making of many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh (ESV). At Together for the Gospel 2008 hereafter (T4G) we were given 15 books - probably wholesaling for the amount of our registration fee - a real treat. As I read each one I'll be posting a short review. With about 5500 in attendance and 15 books apiece that is about 82,500 books. WOW! Here is a list of the books:
Why We're Not Emergent, Moody
If You Could Ask God One Question, The Good Book Co.
Preaching the Cross, Crossway
The Gospel & Personal Evangelism, Crossway
Pierced for Our Transgressions, Crossway
Worship Matters, Crossway
The Future of Justification, Crossway
In My Place Condemned He Stood, Crossway
The Faithful Preacher, Crossway
ESV Bible, Crossway
Culture Shift, Multnomah
The Gospel According to Jesus, Zondervan
Christ & Culture Revisited, Eerdmans
The Courage to be Protestant, Eerdmans
The Truth of the Cross, Reformation Trust
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Well, I arrived home at 10:30 pm local time after a long flight. John Piper and C.J. Mahaney were they last two preachers and they "sealed the deal." Piper was awesome as he spoke on radical Christian sacrifice. C.J. challenged pastors from Philippians 1:3-8 to have gratefulness to God, faith for the future and affection for others. All in all a great, uplifting and spiritual battery-charging conference. Now, I have to read the 15 books we were given, plus the two I bought.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
WOW! A great day! First, John MacArthur on the sinner being neither able or willing to come to Christ without the Father's call - a sermon on Total Depravity, awesome. Then Mark Dever on unbiblical theology and how postmodernism is just neo-liberalism. The highlight of the day was R. C. Sproul on Galatians 3:10-14. He spoke of the curse of God placed on Christ and how the scapegoat shows that. Marvelous, he took us right to the throne of grace; many tears were shed. Last, was Al Mohler on the issues within evangelicalism and the denial of the substitutionary atonement of Christ. It was like drinking from a fire hose. In the end, tired and very happy. I'm looking forward to John Piper and CJ Mahaney tomorrow. (Posted the next day due to network issues at the hotel.)
A great day with 5000 in attendance. Ligon Duncan challenged us to be good Systematic Theologians in our preaching. Thabiti Anyabwile challenged us that race is not found in Scripture; we are all descended biologically and spiritually from the one man Adam. Ethnicity is a construct one slides in and out of. Bob Kauflin lead the inspired singing.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Well, I've arrived safe and sound (?) in Louisville. Later this morning I'm going to meet "TJ" a fellow blogger @ WORLD Magazine blog. There are going to be 5000+ men and well over 100 bloggers covering the conference. Go to Challies dot com to read a good blog of the conference. Well, off to breakfast and meeting TJ.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I'm looking forward to being in Louisville at Together 4 the Gospel 2008. I attended in 2006 with about 2800 pastors. I understand this year there may be 5000 of us. I know the singing will be extraordinary. Speakers are Al Mohler, CJ Mahaney, Mark Dever and Ligon Duncan with friends John Piper, John MacArthur, RC Sproul and Thabiti Anyabwile. I expect my spiritual batteries to be fully charged at the end of the conference Thursday.
Friday, April 4, 2008
We had a representative from Voice of the Martyrs speak to us at our Vespers service last Sunday evening. We were reminded once again that persecution was not long ago and far away, but as near as China, Indonesia and the Sudan. Pray for our brothers and sisters in those locations.
Tonight some of us are gathering to watch the video of "Amazing Grace," the story of William Wilberforce and his campaign to end the British slave trade and abolish slavery. I'd recommend two books as background. Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas and John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken. These books record the stories of two remarkable men brought together by God's providence nand the legacy the left to Christians. I recommend them highly.
Well, it is kind of a punch in the stomach to be told - after the fact - that one of you heart arteries was 99% blocked. A stent was put in and I am doing fine. I was able to preach the Sunday after the operation, but I was very tired afterwards. I am very grateful to the Lord for the gifts he gives to doctors and those who assist them. Now I've got to get back to exercising, which was the whole reason for getting checked in the first place. If you prayed for me - thanks!