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Band of Bloggers Feedback

September 4, 2008

Over the course of the summer, I have been talking with some folks about the possibility of putting together the 3rd meeting of the Band of Bloggers, this time meeting in conjunction with the 2009 Gospel Coalition National Conference.  For the most part, the two previous gatherings have been envisioned and administrated myself, and I (and those with whom I have been in contact) have been rethinking with the hopes of having a fresh agenda for BoB.  It is not as though the previous two meetings have not been successful, but I am wanting to see it develop in something far more substantive and enduring than what I am capable of doing.

With that said, I would be interested in hearing from you (that is, anyone reading this post) regarding the following matters:

1.  What kind of format do you prefer in meeting: panel discussion, one keynote speaker, group particpation/interaction, or other (please explain)?

2.  Who would you be interested in hearing as a speaker/panelist for BoB?

3.  What topic(s) or theme do you think you be fitting for next year’s meeting?

I really appreciate any feedback you could give me as I continue to meet and discuss plans for next year.  In the meantime, I will be working to revamp the Band of Bloggers website to gear up for gospel-centered aggregation and multiple contributing writers. With an early start and great help this year, my hope is that Band of Bloggers will continue to network bloggers who embrace the gospel-centered vision and more importantly fuel a passion for the building of Christ’s church and participation in His mission.

2008 Band of Bloggers Audio (The Gospel Trust)

April 18, 2008

Just a quick note that the 2008 Band of Bloggers panel discussion, “The Gospel Trust,” is now available on the Band of Bloggers website.

Stay tuned to the BoB blog for more info of the continuing vision of developing a gospel-centered community in the evangelical blogosphere.

Also, in case you have not made it over there already, the audio from T4G08 is available as well.  Be sure to download them all!

The Jeremiah Burroughs Home Page

April 7, 2008

If you are reading Jeremiah Burroughs or have enjoyed Burroughs in the past, you need to check out The Jeremiah Burroughs Home Page.  This is an excellent website run by Phil Simpson who is currently writing a biography on Burroughs.

Here are some of the stuff you might want to check out in particular:

* Complete Works of Jeremiah Burroughs
* Links on Jeremiah Burroughs
* Books by Jeremiah Burroughs (some downloadable in PDF)
* Excerpts from Jeremiah Burroughs
* Audio Resources
* Sermons by Jeremiah Burroughs
* What Others Have Said

These are some great resources for those of you reading Burroughs this month in the PRC.  I am looking forward to a great April gleaning from Mr. Burroughs together!

1200.

April 3, 2008

No, that’s not the average number of words in each blogpost!

It is the final number of books we will be giving away at the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship. I am very grateful for all the publishers and ministries who have partnered with BoB by providing these books for all those attend this year’s event.  It gives me lots of joy to be able to give to others in this manner, and I pray these resources will bring greater joy in their relationship with God.

Here’s the list of what we will be giving away:

Giveaway #1: Dear Timothy (Founders Press)
Giveaway #2: The Mortification of Sin (Banner of Truth)
Giveaway #3: When I Don’t Desire God (Desiring God)
Giveaway #4: Christ Is All (Reformation Heritage Books)
Giveaway #5: reThink (InQuest Ministries)
Giveaway #6: A Tale of Two Sons (Grace to You)
Giveaway #7: Walking as He Walked (Reformation Heritage Books)
Giveaway #8: Young, Restless, Reformed (Crossway)

Registration closed yesterday, and we have 150+ people attending this year, more than double our 2006 attendance. Also, we are having one slight change with our panel speakers which I will announce later today.

Also, this Friday I hope to spend some time talking with Collin Hansen in a podcast interview which I hope to make available sometime early next week. We will, of course, be talking about his new book, as well as whatever else comes to my mind!

For those of you flying to Louisville for the conference, I would encourage you to carry an empty backpack (or something similar) to pack the books and then check as your second piece of luggage on your way back. Otherwise, I fear you will be over the weight limit with all the books you will be getting (not counting those you purchase on your own).

Band of Bloggers Giveaways

March 30, 2008

The hours are ticking away as registration is soon to come to a close for the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship.  As it stands right now, there are 110+ attending, but there is still room if you would like to attend.

I have started sharing the books we will be giving away to all who attend.  Here’s what I have announced thus far:

Giveaway #1: Dear Timothy (Founders Press)
Giveaway #2: The Mortification of Sin (Banner of Truth)
Giveaway #3: When I Don’t Desire God (Desiring God)

And I am not finished.  So stay tuned to the Band of Bloggers website for more information!  In the coming days, I will be interviewing one of the authors of a book yet to be announced, which I believe you will be interested in hearing.  I will be updating in the days ahead.

To register for the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship, go here.

Band of Bloggers Registration Closes in One Week!

March 26, 2008

Just a quick reminder that registration closes in one week for the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship, so all of you who have been holding off, be sure that you register by the 31st.  There is still plenty of room left, and if you have a fellow blogger coming to T4G or in town, be sure to invite them to join us.  Click here to register.  You can also check out all who are attending, which has now eclipsed 100 bloggers from across the country, Canada, and UK.In the upcoming days, I am going to share with you some of gifts we will be giving away to all who attend, so stay tuned to the Band of Bloggers website as well as P&P for those details.

Band of Bloggers Update

March 11, 2008

The Band of Bloggers fellowship is about a month away, and I want to provide a little update from my last announcement a couple of weeks ago.

1.  Registration

As of today, there are 86 people registered for this year’s event, putting us at around 57% capacity.   There is still plenty of room, so if you have considered attending, be sure to register before the end of the month (registration ends March 31st!).

2.  Panel Change

Due to some unforeseen commitments, Mark Lauterbach will not be able to join us for the panel discussion, although he will attend the fellowship as much as possible.  I have asked Abraham Piper to substitute for Mark as part of the panel to which he graciously agreed.  The new panel lineup is Tim Challies, Justin Taylor, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Abraham Piper.  Owen Strachan who blogs with me here will be moderating the discussion, focused on “The Gospel Trust.”

3.  Meeting Room

The meeting room at the Galt House has been changed in order to allow for conference tables.  The Band of Bloggers will be meeting in the Combs-Chandler room of the Galt House (2nd floor of Suite Tower).  Signs and directions will be provided.

4.  Giveaways

I have been working hard over recent weeks to do a little something special for those who attend.  At this point, I can say that the giveaways for everyone who attends is quite significant, especially if you consider such a small operation.  Many folks have been generous and supportive of this event, and I look forward to announcing the giveaways toward the end of the registration.

5.  Live-Streaming Help 

There have been several who have asked if we will be live-streaming the panel discussion online.  I would love to do this, but I will tell you that I neither have the money, the time, or the where-with-all to pull that off.  Anyone who is interested in helping in this matter please email me at thegospeltrust@gmail.com.

I will be providing more updates in the weeks to come as the fellowship details are solidified.  I am super excited about this opportunity of meeting many of you for the first time as well as catching up with some folks from the first Band of Bloggers!

This Week, and a Few Miscellanies

February 25, 2008

Stuff this week, and some stuff not this week. 🙂

2008 Puritan Reading Challenge

1. I have interviewed Dr. Stephen Yuille, author of The Inner Sanctum of Puritan Piety: John Flavel and the Doctrine of Mystical Union with Christ and plan on posting it sometime this week (a few edits need to be made). Dr. Yuille provided some great answers and commentary which I think you will enjoy listening to.

2. On Wednesday (Feb. 27) at 1:00 p.m. EST, I will again be on Calling for Truth with Paul Dean and Kevin Boling to talk about John Flavel and The Mystery of Providence. It will be a live call-in radio broadcast from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, and you can listen two ways:

1. If you live in SC or parts of NC, GA, or TN, you can listen in at Talk 660.
2. If you are like me and live elsewhere, you can listen online by going here.

The toll-free number to call in is 1.888.660.9535. As I said last month, it would be great to have as many of you on the show as possible as I am sure there is much more to be said and discussed than I could bring to the table. Plus, I would much rather listen and hear from others than be on the mic. )

3. On Thursday, February 28, I am going to post the open thread for The Mystery of Providence where you are encouraged to share your thoughts on the book and how it has impacted your life or helped you in your relationship with God. From these responses, there will be a random drawing for the winner of the February book giveaway. So be sure to chime in and qualify for the possibility of winning some great books!

4. On Monday, March 2, the winner of the February giveaway will be announced.

2008 Band of Bloggers

After our first week of registration, we are 40% full! Needless to say, I am really jazzed about this year’s event. For those of you who are attending, I have created an attendees list as well as a Google map to see where everyone is coming from. To date, the following ministries/organizations are also represented: New Attitude, Banner of Truth, Union University, Ligonier Ministries, Founders Ministries, IX Marks Ministries, Crossway Publishers, Desiring God Ministries, HeartCry Missionary Society, Reformation Heritage Books, Midwest Center for Theological Studies, and Center for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. If you are considering attending Band of Bloggers this year, be sure register soon as we have limited seating capacity.

“Ask Anything” This Week

Anyone remember the “9th Inning Rally” from this past December? Well, this coming Sunday (March 2), Pastor Mark Driscoll is going to address my question which I asked on the “Ask Anything” deal. For those who may not know, the question is:

“Do you believe that the Scripture not only regulates our theology but also our methodology? In other words, do you believe in the regulative principle? If so, to what degree? If not, why not?”

You can find all the media (audio and video) to this entire series by going here. I am hopeful that Pastor Mark will address this issue substantively as it is particularly relevant to theological and ecclesiological discussion today.

A Few Miscellanies

Miscellany #1

Last Friday morning, on my way to the True Church Conference, a local talk radio show had a discussion on, of all things, God’s providence. The host did not know it was that, but the topic was centered on an article in The Huntsville Times entitled, “Does God ‘Protect’ Some and Not Others?” I could not believe what I was hearing, not from the host (although he is a deist, e.g. God sets things into motion and leaves everything to the sovereignty of man), but from Christians who were calling in. One after the other, they were giving the answers of Open Theists! Answers like “God isn’t control over evil because he is not that kind of God; he cannot help what wicked, evil men do. What you see today is the result of the free will of men which God cannot change.” Poor, helpless God, subject to the arbitrary whims of man!

So I pulled over on the side of this back road and decided to call in.

While on hold for 20 minutes, the host was asking, “Why should God let anyone die (as in Katrina, the tsunami, etc.)?” So when I was able to chime in, the question to ask is, “Why should God let anyone live?” We are all sinners by nature and sinners by choice. The effects of the Fall have devastated man and the creation which also groans for redemption. However, God is as sovereign over the will of Bin Laden as he is over the winds called Katrina. There are no mistakes with God’s providence which is yes mysterious but always good. Well, before I was able to finish my second sentence, he cut to a break and hung up on me. 😦

Anyway, so here I was, in my hometown in the buckle of the Bible belt, listening to a fatalist being responded to by Open Theists (though I am sure they were not aware of it) claiming to be speaking on behalf of Christians (and God!). Live-blogging from that moment on was certainly a challenge as my hands were still sore from pounding the steering wheel.

Miscellany #2

One another note, quite a different note, I want to ask that you please pray for me (and my wife) this weekend. We will be flying south in view of a call. I will be speaking several times over the weekend, including the Sunday morning service. This weekend is the fruit of over eight months of talks, prayer, and seeking God’s will for our lives after seminary. I am excited about this opportunity but am trusting that God will continue to confirm His will for us in the future as He conforms us to His good purposes. So if you think of it, I would really appreciate your prayers, for peace with an anxious heart, for strength with a weary soul, and for God’s delight and pleasure with my life and offerings.

2008 Band of Bloggers Registration Now Open!

February 18, 2008

We have finally been able to open the registration for the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at the Galt House in downtown Louisville, Kentucky in concert with the Together for the Gospel Conference.  Registration is $15, and seating is limited, so be sure to sign up early if you plan on attending.  Lunch is provided, and more information will be announced in the near future.

I will be updating the BoB blog in a semi-regular basis starting tomorrow, so those interested might want to subscribe to its feed to stay up to date on the details.