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Band of Bloggers 2012 Audio Available: Bethke, Elephant Room & Trayvon

Audio from the 2012 Band of Bloggers panel is now live and listenable.  Justin Taylor, Collin Hansen, Tim Challies, and Timmy Brister all contributed wisdom to a diverse array of topics.  I moderated the panel.  We had a blast.

Here was the event’s central topic:

Six years ago, two movements began to gain significant traction–blogging and the young, restless, and reformed. Additionally, 2006 was the inauguration of the Band of Bloggers fellowship, and since that time God has brought gospel rental in many ways to evangelical life, including the development of organizations like Together for the Gospel and The Gospel Coalition, the upsurge of gospel literature in publishing houses, the growth of church planting and revitalization networks, and continued reformation in local churches. Throughout this period, the role of the internet, blogging, and advances in technology have played no small role. At the 2012 Band of Bloggers gathering, we will take a look back at the past six years and consider the impact–good and bad–of blogging and technology in the Young, Restless, and Reformed movement.

Apparently there’s been some dustup over the panel’s discussion of the Elephant Room.  I’m not sure I see the point, but I’ll invite you to listen in and form your own opinion.  I thought there were many helpful takeaways from the four panelists.

 

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Reflecting on the Reformed Resurgence: Band of Bloggers 2012

Timmy Brister, the mastermind/head/visionary behind Band of Bloggers, recently made this announcement:

We are excited about this year’s Band of Bloggers (on April 10, 2012, just before Together for the Gospel starts).  Each panelist has played a pivotal role with Band of Bloggers and the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement.  At our first Band of Bloggers (April 2006), we were thrilled to have Tim Challies, Justin Taylor, Albert Mohler, and Russell Moore as panel speakers, and six years later we are even more happy to see that Justin and Tim will be joining us again.  Collin Hansen who coined the phrase “young, restless, and reformed” and wrote a journalistic book about it will also be joining us.  And for the first time, Kevin DeYoung, perhaps the most prominent Reformed blogger online has agreed to contribute his thoughts as well.  And I’m grateful for my good friend and fellow moderator, Owen Strachan, will be helping me lead the discussion at this year’s gathering.

If you want to go to BoB, you need to register ASAP.  Last I heard, the event was 2/3 full a day or two after it was announced.

I’m looking especially forward to this year’s gathering, because we’re going to reflect on the reformed resurgence and how blogging has contributed to it.  It will be fun to do that with some young leaders, and I know that many who join us will have made meaningful contributions to the broader movement.  The whole point of this is that we’ve witnessed “a thousand points of light” come to life in the last 5-6 years, a development that has allowed the books, talks, sermons, and discussions of the reformed world to spread like wildfire all over the world.

That, my friends, is a beautiful thing, one worth celebrating in six weeks’ time.

By the way, I think Southern Seminary still has some spots open in the special Together for the Gospel class.  It’s led by Russell Moore, Dean of SBTS, and will allow students to hear some great material, attend some pre-conference panels with a range of Southern faculty, and then attend the full conference.  You get three credit hours from SBTS.  It’s a fantastic bargain and has people enrolled from all over the country.

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Os Guinness in Chicago, Jonathan Edwards, and Baptist21 Events

Socrates in the City is very cool.  And it’s coming to Chicago on May 6, 2010.

The program is “pre-evangelism”, aimed at cultural influencers interested in thoughtful conversation on matters of faith, the mind, and public life.  Based in New York City and led by evangelical public intellectual Eric Metaxas, the program is utterly unique and highly exciting.  It’s featured speakers like Sir John Polkinghorne, Francis Collins, Alister McGrath, and Robby George.  Basically, it rocks.

Here’s the info about the May 6th event in Chicago:

Please join host Eric Metaxas and special guest Dr. Os Guinness, author of The Call and more than twenty other books, who will speak on the topic: “Can Freedom Last Forever?: The Framers’ Forgotten Question and How We Are Doing Today”.

Date: May 6th

Wine and Cheese Reception from 6:30 pm till 7:00 pm

Speaking will begin at 7:00 pm SHARP

Dr. Guinness will sign copies of his books at 8:30 pm

Location: University Club of Chicago

(76 E. Monroe Street)

VPs accepted day of event)

Register for the event here.

So there you have it–Socrates is coming to the Windy City.

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Stephen Nichols on the strange unitive power of Jonathan Edwards.  It’s pretty remarkable when you actually think about the diverse patrons of the Edwardsean mind and ministry…

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Carl Trueman has the sharpest pen in evangelicalism.  In a recent essay (HT: JT) entitled “Life on the Cultic Fringe”, he takes aim at those who worry over what the world thinks about the church.  His words are strong but needed.  Read the whole piece.

Further, if the world finds me and mine ridiculous, then I can only respond by saying that I do not find the world’s views on a whole host of things particularly judicious or impressive either.  I switch on my TV each night and see politicians behaving like cheap backstreet hucksters; I see `celebrities’ living lives that would make a porn star blush and being applauded for so doing; I watch talk shows where people take seriously the soppy psychobabble of numerous numpties; I stand on the touchline at kids’ sporting events and see parents coming to blows over a refereeing decision in a game involving kids, for goodness sake; and I look at the great, self-important, self-righteous contemporary critics of the church and note the contempt they have shown in their own lives for their marriages and for those they were meant to love and honour, and even for those with whom they disagree within their own guilds. None of these things means that everything the world does and thinks is automatically wrong; but it inclines me to take the world’s wisdom with a pinch of salt and not be too worried if they find me `unloving’ or they dismiss my church when she refuses to conform to their view of reality simply because they tell me it is true. That kind of capitulation to powerful personalities and guilds is indeed where cults, on the Trueman definition, begin.

This is a helpful counter to those who suggest that the world has the right to act as some kind of imperious and abstract judge over the church.  That’s simply not the case.

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Timmy Brister has video from Tony Kummer from Band of Bloggers.  The event was really fun and typically well-done.  I continue to submit that it is strange that no one live-blogged it.  It’s like going to a conference on tables without any tables…

(I’ll let you chew on that one for a while.  Deep thoughts.)

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Check out upcoming Baptist21 events.  Exciting stuff…

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David Platt, Ben Stiller, and a Fantastic Singer/Songwriter

The booklist for Band of Bloggers has been released, and it includes such brand-new titles as David Platt’s Radical and Kevin DeYoung’s The Good News We Almost Forgot.  There are less than 40 spots left, so to get these and more than $200 of deeply edifying works, sign up post-haste.  This is your final boarding call.

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Relevant just interviewed Ben Stiller, star of Greenberg.  This film sounds culturally insightful (featuring a deficient man) but very morally problematic.

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Andrew Belle is the hot new thing of the singer/songwriter crowd and a must-listen.  His song “The Ladder” is irresistible and elegant.  He went to Taylor University and seems to write from a believing perspective for a wider audience.  Reminds me of Mat Kearney.  With props to Andrew Lisi, purveyor of fine taste since 1983.

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The Gospel Coalition just debuted a new site, TGC Reviews.  It meets the excellent standards of the TGC “brand” and will be a go-to resource for pastors and laypeople who want to stay up on rich and edifying material.  See, for example, a nicely crafted review of Graham Cole’s God the Peacemaker by David Schrock.

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The highly cool website futurity.org breaks down recent studies for common consumption.  This would be a great help to those who want to stay up on current research but don’t have time to chase it down.

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Did you know that New Testament theologian Scot McKnight averaged 30 points per game when playing college basketball?  No less an authority than Grant Osborne passed this along.

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Michael Lawrence, one of the keenest pastor-theologians around, has written a book on biblical theology for the church that releases at the end of April.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this.

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Michael Horton, Darryl Hart on “Church Parents,” and the Death of Private Practice

If you haven’t read recent texts by Westminster West professor Michael Horton, you should.  He’s a cultural critic of evangelicalism and has much good to say.  Here are some videos to check out.

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While we’re on the subject of cultural critics of evangelicalism, we visit historian Darryl Hart’s blog for a provocative piece.  I heard Hart at the recent Wheaton conference on the early church, where he jokingly called the church fathers the “church parents” in light of gender inclusive language.  I found that hilarious, though it proved highly socially awkward, as no one else laughed.  He also went after the term “gathering”, noting that “we Presbyterians have conferences, not gatherings.” 

By the way, does anyone find it funny that Hart has a blog?  Seems so–I don’t know–modern.  He’s a must-read, wherever he writes.

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From the NYT, we find that “More Doctors Taking Salaried Jobs” over private practice:

[A]n increasing share of young physicians, burdened by medical school debts and seeking regular hours, are deciding against opening private practices. Instead, they are accepting salaries at hospitals and health systems. And a growing number of older doctors — facing rising costs and fearing they will not be able to recruit junior partners — are selling their practices and moving into salaried jobs, too.

As recently as 2005, more than two-thirds of medical practices were physician-owned — a share that had been relatively constant for many years, the Medical Group Management Association says. But within three years, that share dropped below 50 percent, and analysts say the slide has continued.

For patients, the transformation in medicine is a mixed blessing. Ideally, bigger health care organizations can provide better, more coordinated care. But the intimacy of longstanding doctor-patient relationships may be going the way of the house call.

Of course, I’ve never had a house call.  But despite the paper’s assurance that these changes have “very little” to do with recent developments in health-care legislation, I’m calling bluff here…

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I just saw the list of some of the books for the Band of Bloggers event at T4G, and it is a sweet collection.  Just saying.

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Band of Bloggers at Together for the Gospel

Have you heard about the upcoming Band of Bloggers event at Together for the Gospel in just under a month’s time?  Timmy Brister, the event’s planner, recently announced it.  Here’s the essential information:

The theme for this year’s meeting is Internet Idolatry and Gospel Fidelity.” With the advent of new media and the increasing influence of technology on our lives, it is important to address the relationship of the gospel to technology, especially the areas where we are tempted with idolatrous desire (power, identity, influence, acceptance, control, etc.).  While the internet, with all of its platforms (such as blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) can be a powerful tool to leverage our lives for the gospel impact, we want to examine our hearts to bring to light the various ways in which the idol factory of our hearts challenges and subverts the very gospel which we long to embrace.

The format for this year’s gathering will be similar to last year.  We will begin with a catered lunch, listen to 4 speakers address a subtopic on the theme, and transition to a moderated panel discussion with questions fielded from attendees.  The guys I have asked to speak this year are: Justin Taylor, Jonathan McIntosh, Trevin Wax, and Jared Wilson. I am thrilled that these guys have agreed to lead the discussion, and I believe you will be blessed and challenged by their contributions to this important topic.

The meeting will take place at The Galt House (the Archibald Room) on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 11:00am-12:45pm.  The Galt House is located just two blocks away from the Louisville Convention Center and is connected to the Center via a skywalk.  Due to limited seating, we encourage you to register early as every BoB gathering to date has reached capacity prior to the event. Registration for this gathering is $25 and simply covers the cost of the catered lunch.

This is exciting news.  I’m thrilled to be a small part of this event through moderating the panel.  I’m also looking forward to the free books that Timmy magically procures for this event year-after-year.  I haven’t seen any hard figures, but I’ve heard that those who pay the $25 cover will receive around $200 worth of free books.  If that is not economics working for you, show me what is.

If you’ll be at T4G, make it a part of your plans to come to BoB.  It’s a very fun gathering and is a rare opportunity for the blogging community to get together.  Hope to see you there in a few weeks’ time.

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

carsonWhew.  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 Wednesday night the most.  I would commend that to all of you.  I love panel discussions when they’re done well.  Piper had a number of comments that cut me to the core.   I enjoyed Mark Driscoll’s very personal talk on Tuesday night.  Keller’s talk on exposing idols in preaching was first-rate.  Carson had very helpful comments on the limits of contextualization.  Piper demonstrated how to ground one’s preaching in the text.

TGC was excellent, and I am confident that many ministries were strengthened by it.  3300 people attended from all over the world. It was great to make many new friends and share fellowship with total strangers.  A number of times, I found myself connecting with total strangers who sat next to me in a session.  A little taste of heaven in the Stephens Conference Center.

I found myself with a new perspective on it and other events like it.  It’s very important not to attend to listen to superstar preaching or something like that.  It’s best to go, seek to learn from wise pastors, and keep God clearly in your sights.  I was reminded while at the conference how easy it is to get carried away by the excitement of such an event.  Better to be grateful for it (as I am) and keep a solid perspective.  The work of the local church is the engine of the kingdom.  It’s not high-profile, it’s often not appreciated or celebrated, but it is the foundation of our work for our Savior on this earth.

Praise God for raising up Don Carson, Tim Keller and others and allowing them to lead many churches in a gospel-centered, theologically robust, doctrinally reformed, culturally savvy direction.  May the work go far to the greater glory of our God.

Band of Bloggers

On Wednesday, I stood in for Timmy Brister as the host of the third annual Band of Bloggers gathering.  I was sorry that Timmy couldn’t attend, but family obligations necessitated that he care for his family.  Timmy’s cutting-edge vision drove this event.  Though he planned the conference from thousands of miles away (with the help of Ben Peays), he did a tremendous job.  He secured excellent speakers, a good lunch, and a bunch of books for all attendees.  Thank you, Timmy, for letting me be a part of the event–I look forward to seeing what the Lord does in and through you in days to come, brother.

I won’t go into the event details, but seven leading bloggers spoke on the theme of “Servants and Stewards”.  Each of them made a unique contribution.  I liked all of them, from my buddy Mike Anderson’s encouragement to “not be a hater”, to Steve McCoy’s entertaining thoughts on the arts and blogging, to Tony Reinke’s excellent and moving words on stewarding the wisdom of the ages.  After the seven guys spoke for seven minutes apiece, we had a panel discussion that was fun and funny.  Check the site for the audio–it’s well worth a download and a listen.

Piper-Carson at Park Community Church

The photo above is from last night’s Henry Center-sponsored event at Park Community Church in Chicago, IL.  With our title sponsor BibleMesh, we were grateful to be able to bring John Piper and Don Carson to speak on the topics “The Pastor as Scholar” and “The Scholar as Pastor”.  The high-definition video will be up ASAP at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and the Henry Center–check there in the next few days.

Praise God for how this event played out.  A huge thank-you to our speakers, John Piper and Don Carson, who despite being tired put in absolutely excellent, God-glorifying work.  Thanks to my friend David Mathis for making this whole happen.  Thanks to the Park staff (senior pastor Jackson Crum, Joe Riccardi, JR Kerr, Jason Widney, Joseph Tenney, the talented Tim Schraeder, and the amazing Whitney Anderson) for making everything go so well.  By the grace of God, the crowd maxed out Park’s seating capacity (roughly 1600 people).  Make sure you watch the videos when they come out; here are Twitter comments from the event, many of them very encouraging.

I was so thankful for Desiring God’s Lukas Naugle and his exceptional team.  They do everything well.  Thank you, Lukas.  Ben Peays provided friendship and excellent counsel to me.  Tommy Lee helped set things up.  Andy Naselli did a great job, as always, with the live-blog. Thanks to Justin Taylor and Zach Nielsen, among others, for getting the word out through blogs.  Ryan Fields, Josh Gregersen, and Seth Richarson, Henry Center interns, worked tirelessly the whole week and did an incredible job.  Jeff DeGracia, Dave Dewit, James Kinnard and Barnabas Piper, and Willie Mackenzie all partnered with us as sponsors.  Please check out the list of books featured at the event at the end of this event to honor our sponsors, to whom we are grateful.

Most of all, thanks to Doug Sweeney for providing the vision of the pastor-theologian that drove this event.  Doug not only teaches this vision, he models it.  Thank you, Doug.  I am grateful to you for all that you do for the church of our Lord, and I look forward to seeing how He uses Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word (IVP, out in July 2009) to raise up a generation of pastor-theologians whose hearts are set ablaze to bring the riches of theology to the ministry of His glorious gospel.

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And with that, the summary is concluded.  Thanks for reading, and may the Lord be pleased with the work of our hands.  Thank you, Lord, for letting dust like us do things for your renown.

Check out these links from our intrepid sponsors:

BibleMesh–online discipleship tool, full site coming very soon.

Moody Press–excellent publishing house currently putting out a ton of great books for the younger crowd; check out He Is Not Silent for three highly stimulating chapters on “The Pastor as Theologian”.  Al Mohler is a superb guide on these issues, and this book will help pastors to preach the Word faithfully.

CrosswayAdopted for Life is a must-read by one of our most provocative and influential theologians, Russ Moore.

Christian FocusFinally Alive by John Piper and Faith on Trial by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones are must-reads.

Coffee Ambassadorsdelicious coffee with a kingdom focus.

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At The Gospel Coalition

For the next three days, I’ll be at The Gospel Coalition.  I’ll try to do some updates from the conference, but I’m not sure how much posting I’ll be able to do.

I’ve been looking forward to this for months, and I’m excited for Band of Bloggers and the Piper-Carson event this Thursday night.  Blessings to all!

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

steve-lawsonTwo 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 Monday, April 6 through Tuesday, April 7, 2009.

Location of event:
Island Pond Baptist Church
26 North Salem Road
Hampstead, NH, 03841

The cost is $45 for two days, which includes three meals.  In addition, all attendees will receive numerous books from MacArthur, Dever, Mohler, Piper, and Sproul in addition to several others.  This looks like a terrific opportunity to learn and share fellowship with fellow pastors.  I wish I could be there myself.  Check out the NECEP website for more info. This organization is doing essential and exciting work in one of the country’s toughest regions, New England.

More info about Lawson: Dr. Steve Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, AL. He serves on the board of directors of The Master’s College and Seminary and the ministerial board for the Reformed Theological Seminary and teaches with John MacArthur at the Expositor’s Institute. In addition to his pulpit ministry, Dr Lawson has written 14 books, including: Famine in the Land; A Passionate Call for Expository Preaching, Holman Old Testament Commentary: Psalms 1 & 2, Foundations of Grace: A Long Line of Godly Men (Vol. 1), and The Expository Genius of John Calvin. He and his wife, Anne, have four children.

The impressive Academic Board of Directors of the NECEP:
Dr. Mark Dever
Dr. Donald Whitney
Dr. Stephen Davey
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III
Mr. David A. Ricard, Exec. Director
2. Band of Bloggers, held at The Gospel Coalition this year, is almost upon us.  If you’re coming to TGC–and I hope you are–don’t miss this opportunity for stimulating conversation and fun fellowship.  Also, if you come, you’ll pick up numerous cutting-edge contemporary books at no cost!

Timmy Brister, the event organizer, has done an exceptional job planning this event, as he always does.  With the help of TGC Executive Director Ben Peays, BoB has shaped up nicely.  I’m gratified to be involved.

From the website: The 2009 Band of Bloggers will be joining up with the organizers of The Gospel Coalition National Conference and will deviate from the previous format of guest panelists to address specific issues related to the theme of “Servants & Stewards” (referring to 1 Corinthians 4:1).  Each of our eight guest speakers will address one topic in concise manner and then turn into a group discussion along with question and answer time.  As we seek to facilitate discussion and foster gospel-driven lives and blogs, we encourage you to join in and share this vision with others.

Those of you who are still debating whether or not to attend this year’s Band of Bloggers (and Gospel Coalition National Conference) might be interested in knowing that we are giving away over $120 worth of books alone at BoB with over 1700 pages of great reading material!  These books will be given only to those who register online. Here they are:

1.  Finally Alive by John Piper (DG)

When Jesus said to Nicodemus, ‘You must be born again’, the devout and learned religious leader was unsure what Jesus meant. It would seem nothing has changed. Today ‘born again Christians’ fill churches that are seen as ineffectual at best, and even characterised by the ‘mosaic’ generation as ‘unchristian’.  The term ‘born again’ has been devalued both in society and in the church. Those claiming to be ‘born again’ live lives that are indistinguishable from those who don’t; they sin the same, embrace injustice the same, covert the same, do almost everything the same.  Being ‘born again’ is now defined by what people say they believe. The New Testament however defines Christians very differently.  When Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7), he was not sharing interesting and unimportant information. He was leading him to eternal life… If he does that for you (or if he already has), then you are (or you will be) truly, invincibly, finally alive.

2. Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different by Tullian Tchividjian (Multnomah)

“Here you will learn how we must contextualize, how we Christians should be as active in Hollywood, Wall Street, Greenwich Village, and Harvard Square (if not more) than the halls of Washington, DC. And yet, there are ringing calls to form a distinct, ‘thick’ Christian counter-culture as perhaps the ultimate witness to the presence of the future, the coming of the Kingdom.”
- Tim Keller

“It is not easy to stand athwart the tides of the culture and challenge them without sounding either terribly prissy or hopelessly out of date. How can a thoughtful Christian be genuinely contemporary while never succumbing to the merely faddish and temporary? The challenges are enormous–but they are also tied to the most elementary tenets of Christian faithfulness. Tullian Tchividjian is a helpful and engaging guide through these troubled waters.”
– D. A. Carson

“Plainly, powerfully, and pastorally, Unfashionable gives a birds-eye view of the real Christian life–Christ-centered, church-committed, kingdom-contoured, future-focused, and counter-cultural all the way. It makes for a truly nutritious read.”
– J.I. Packer

“With the right balance of reproof and encouragement, critique and construction, Unfashionable displays with succinct, vivid, and engaging clarity the relevance of the gospel over the trivialities that dominate our lives and our churches right now. The message of this book is of ultimate importance and its presentation is compelling.”
– Michael Horton

“Unfashionable gets back to the heart of the Kingdom mission and the agenda of the gospel message. Striking a balance between being ‘in’ but not ‘of’ the world is not easy. Tullian, however, clearly and convincingly shows the way by telling how we can cultivate a Gospel-centered outlook and lifestyle.”
– Ed Stetzer

3. Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them by Ed Stetzer, Richie Stanley, and Jason Hayes (B&H)

Who are the young unchurched, and how can they be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ?  In a poll result highlighted by CNN Headline News and USA Today, nearly half of nonchurchgoers between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine agreed with the statement, “Christians get on my nerves.” Now, researchers behind the larger study present Lost and Found, a blend of dynamic hard data and modern day parable that tells the real story of an unchurched generation that is actually quite spiritual and yet circumspect, open to Jesus but not the church.  As such, Lost and Found is written to the church, using often-surprising results from the copious research here to strike another nerve and break some long established assumptions about how to effectively engage the lost. Leading missiologist Ed Stetzer and his associates first offer a detailed investigation of the four younger unchurched types. With a better understanding of their unique experiences, they next clarify the importance each type places on community, depth of content, social responsibility, and making cross-generational connections in relation to spiritual matters.   Most valuably, Lost and Found finds the churches that have learned to reach unchurched young adults by paying close attention to those key markers vetted by the research. Their exciting stories will make it clear how your church can bring searching souls from this culture to authentic faith in Christ.

4. The Soul of Life: The Piety of John Calvin edited by Joel Beeke (RHB)

soul-of-lifeJohn Calvin is the most notable figure from the Reformed tradition. Unfortunately, he is often characterized as a stern and cerebral individual who had little concern for practical matters. However, Calvin was actually influential in promoting a profound sense of piety among early Protestantism. In “The Soul of Life”, Joel R. Beeke presents the life and ministry of Calvin with a special on emphasis Calvin’s efforts for cultivating healthy spirituality among the churches. The selections from Calvin’s own work will give readers a firsthand look at Calvin’s emphasis on godliness, and by God’s grace, will be a means for spurring on greater godliness in our day.

“By any measurement John Calvin was one of the most remarkable and influential figures in all church history. His was truly a purpose-driven ministry. As a preacher he was committed to systematic biblical exposition, as a lecturer in Scripture to careful and wise teaching, as a pastor to deep personal care as a pastor, and as an international leader, to the encouragement of other ministers. Few men today understand such a multi-dimensional life program as well as Dr. Joel Beeke, whose own ministry echoes Calvin’s in many ways. He is the ideal guide to introduce us to Calvin. And ‘The Soul of Life’ is an ideal guidebook. Read on, and you will want to read more.” —Sinclair B. Ferguson

5. The Advent of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities by Michael Haykin & Kenneth Stewart (B&H)

David Bebbington’s 1989 book, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s, put forth the idea that evangelical religion is the result of transatlantic revival in the 1730s, and that it took a working together attitude toward the Enlightenment rather than a contradictory one. Today, Bebbington’s thesis has gained international acceptance, and scholars from Europe and North America present a review of its primary arguments and conclusions here in The Advent of Evangelicalism.

Contributors include: David W. Bebbington, Joel R. Beeke, John Coffey, Timothy George, Crawford Gribben, Michael A. G. Haykin, Paul Helm, D. Bruce Hindmarsh, David Ceri Jones, Thomas S. Kidd, Timothy Larsen, Cameron A. MacKenzie, A. T. B. McGowan, D. Densil Morgan, Ashley Null, Ian J. Shaw, Kenneth J. Stewart, Douglas A. Sweeney, Garry J. Williams, and Brandon G. Withrow.

6. Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption in Christian Families and Churches by Russell Moore (Crossway)

A stirring call to Christian families and churches to be a people who care for orphans, not just in word, but in deed.  The gospel of Jesus Christ the good news that through Jesus we have been adopted as sons and daughters into God s family means that Christians ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans in North America and around the world.  Russell D. Moore does not shy away from this call in Adopted for Life, a popular-level, practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children or who want more children. It is about an entire culture within Christianity, a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.  Moore, who adopted two boys from Russia and has spoken widely on the subject, writes for couples considering adoption, families who have adopted children, and pastors who wish to encourage adoption.

7. Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views edited by J. Matthew Pinson (B&H)

Perspectives on Christian Worship presents in counterpoint form five basic common beliefs on Christian worship that have developed over the course of church history with a view toward determining which is most faithful to Scripture. Each chapter is written by a prominent person within each tradition, and each writer has the opportunity to respond to each differing view.

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Must-Attend: Band of Bloggers 2009

The new Band of Bloggers website is up and ready for consumption:

band“This year, we are excited to announce that Band of Bloggers is partnering with The Gospel Coalition Conference to host the 3rd Band of Bloggers Fellowship in conjunction with their national conference in Chicago, IL.   On Wednesday, April 22, 2009, from 12:00-2:00 p.m., we will be hosting a lunch and fellowship at the Rosemont Conference Center. The theme of the conference is “Servants & Stewards” (building off of 1 Cor. 4:1), which expresses a two-pronged approach in faithfulness as servants and effectiveness as stewards.  As servants, we want to make much of our Savior in not just what we say but how we say it.  As stewards, we want to collectively labor to leverage all available means to propagate and publish the Gospel in our increasingly technologically-literate culture.”

Here’s the speakers’ lineup:

1.  Servants and Stewards: Maximizing your blog in service to Christ (Timmy Brister)
2.  How can we blog for the glory of God? (Justin Taylor)
3.  Improving usability: How to write so people can read (Mike Anderson)
4.  How can you use your blog for the edification of the church? (Tim Challies)
5.  How can you make your site more accessible and visible? (Eric Johnson)
6.  Why should pastors blog? (Tullian Tchividjian)
7.  What is the place for art and culture in Christian blogging? (Steve McCoy)
8.  How can bloggers steward the teaching of the young, old, and the dead? (Tony Reinke)

I’ll also be hosting a panel discussion with these speakers.

Register early (it’s very simple) for this exciting upcoming event, and make sure that you do the same for The Gospel Coalition.  There will be a bunch of free books given at each, and I would encourage all to attend and benefit.  I will see you there, and the Henry Center will be well represented.

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