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New PLNTD Audio: Jared Wilson

May 17, 2012

In the beginning of April, PLNTD held its first regional training event focused on “Cultivating Gospel Community” in sunny Southwest Florida. We were privileged to have Steve Timmis and Jared Wilson share God’s Word with us during the weekend. These brothers served us incredibly well by speaking plainly about the power of the gospel while graciously exhorting us to faithful perseverance in building gospel community.

Jared opened and closed the training event with exposition from Isaiah 6, and he also shared in a breakout session about creating a gospel culture using his experience at Middletown Springs Community Church. I commend these MP3s for you to download and be encouraged.

Jared Wilson via PLNTD

1.  Gospel Exultation (Isaiah 6:1-8)
2.  Gospel Expansion (Isaiah 6:9-13)
3.  Creating a Gospel Culture (breakout)

Church Clothes :: Lecrae

May 10, 2012

Lecrae’s new album “Church Clothes” was just released today, and you can download it for free. With the first 30 minutes, over 10,000 have done so. You should too.

New with RRI: METHODS (May/June 2012)

May 1, 2012

If you have been following my blog for the past six months, you may recall the Roots Reading Initiative which I started for the PLNTD Network. Here’s a brief explanation:

The Roots Reading Initiative, focuses on providing church planters targeted self-feeding opportunities through an informal structure and accountability. The goal of this initiative is for church planters to “deepen their roots” in their understanding of God, the church, gospel, mission, and the world. In doing so, we believe the RRI will be an effective way of keeping church planters “grounded” and growing as leaders, missionaries, and churchmen.

The five areas we believe ministry leaders need to continually cultivate are (1) man, (2) message, (3) mission, (4) marriage, and (5) methods. Through RRI, we tackle one of these areas every two months with books targeted to develop leaders for those purposes. So far, here’s what we have covered:

Nov/Dec 2011 :: MISSION

November: What Is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
December: Everyday Church by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester

Jan/Feb 2012 :: MESSAGE

January: Gospel by J.D. Greear
February: Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson

Mar/Apr 2012 :: MARRIAGE

March: The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
April: What Did You Expect? by Paul Tripp

Starting this week, we are now taking up the area of methods, and here are the books we are working through:

May/June 2012: METHODS

May: The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
June: Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne

For each book, a reading schedule is provided for those who participate through our network.  Additionally, discussion questions are provided each week which, when the book is completed, are compiled in a downloadable format for a book-length study guide that can be used to disciple others or train leaders in your context.  To take advantage of learning in community and accessing additional resources through RRI, you need to join PLNTD’s relational communities and jump into the “Training” community online. Now’s a great time join us if you haven’t already!  Leaders cannot afford to have shallow roots and no shade for their people.

The Whole Big Story | Kristen Gilles

April 24, 2012

Sojourn Music has continually delivered unique offerings of gospel rich music, but perhaps none have been more unique than their newest release by singer/songwriter Kristen Gilles and her husband Bobby.  The Whole Big Story is a 4-track album released today that focuses on the whole sweep of redemptive history–Christ’s work from creation to redemption to consummation.  To get a glimpse of the verses that inspired these songs, check out this blogpost by Bobby. Explaining the nature of this album, they write:

Taken together, the songs on The Whole Big Story tell God’s story from creation to the Second Coming and Christ’s reign in the New Earth.

These songs teach that Christ’s sacrifice wasn’t simply akin to throwing himself in front of a bullet for us (as brave and noble as that would be), but rather that He is the Lord of all Creation who willingly died on His own tree, having known and determined to do so before creation’s dawn.

These songs teach a crucial, blessed difference between Old Testament worship and our reality — that we don’t have to wait once a year for an appointed priest to pray and offer sacrifice for our sins, but that we can boldly go before God’s throne all the time. Christ’s sacrifice has “torn the veil.”

These songs show that Jesus cast Satan from the sky, tied him up and crushed his head. Now, the Holy Spirit is sweeping through the earth and Christ is adding to His Church as the demons helplessly roar, knowing how this story will end. Christ will come again, bringing His people back to set up a kingdom wherein “love will cover all the earth, in the kingdom without end.”

I have been listening to these songs all weekend and highly recommend them to you. These tracks can be downloaded for free via Noisetrade or you can get them via bandcampas well for just $2.  For worship leaders and musicians, Bobby and Kristen have also made chord charts, lyrics, and instructional videos for how to play these songs (which I think is pretty awesome). Here’s the direct links:

Thank you Bobby and Kristen for using your gifts and talents to serve the body of Christ and draw us into the whole story of God’s glorious work of redemption through the person and work of Jesus!

My Song in the Night – New Website of Bobby Gilles

September 20, 2011

Bobby Gilles is one of the most gifted and effective communicators I know.  He is an accomplished songwriter and story teller and heads up the very impressive communications team of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY.  I have had the privilege in recent years to get to know Bobby and benefit from his work.  Specifically, I have learned how he has used the Internet to spread the vision and mission of Sojourn church in very practical and intentional ways and sought to implement much of what I’ve gleaned in my own context.

Having said that, I was really encouraged to receive a message from Bobby over the weekend about the announcement of a new website intended to help churches in numerous ways, including:

  • Teach people how to write and share their testimony. I’ve also included Sojourn’s guidelines for writing the salvation testimonies that we share at our baptism services.
  • Show the ways in which I work with Sojourn Pastor Daniel Montgomery and his pulpit team to encourage interaction among our members with our sermon series, vision campaigns, scripture memory challenges and more.
  • How we use social media, the arts and amateur photography at Sojourn to tell the story of our community, as a small part of God’s story.
  • How your church members can use the Psalms as models for telling the story of God at work in their life, and express their longings, questions, and pain.
  • Show the ways in which I work with Sojourn Worship Pastor Mike Cosper to help our people see the full gospel in our weekly worship service liturgy, and their place in the gospel story.
  • Songwriting instruction, from how to write simple scripture memory songs to the poetry mechanics behind hymn-writing, and how I’ve worked as a songwriting workshop coordinator to foster collaboration & community and train songwriters in the Sojourn Music community.

Put it this way. There are blogs I find essential for practical helps in ministry in the local church.  If I want to find the best on productivity and effective administration, I go to Matt Perman’s blog, What’s Best Next?  If I want to learn about practical pastoral helps, I go to Brian Croft’s blog Practical Shepherding.  If I want to learn about all things worship, I go to Bob Kauflin’s blog, Worship Matters.  And now, with Bobby Gilles’ new website, for help in exploring excellence in all forms of communication in the church, I recommend his blog My Song in the Night.

Add him to your RSS feed and check back regularly.  Bobby knows what he is doing, and his gifts are a great asset to the kingdom!

Church Planter’s Core Prolegomena

July 25, 2011

Last summer, I began a coaching relationship at Grace with a young man sensing a call to plant a church in his urban neighborhood.  He is a sharp, articulate, and gifted brother who has not received any formal theological training.  In order to gain a better understanding of his theological bearings, I created what I called a church planters “core prolegomena.”

In major theological treatises, a prolegomenon consists of introductory remarks or preliminary statements addressing the treatise.  In a practical way, the church planter’s core prolegomena is intended to be a preliminary theological treatment of the kind of teaching and training he would receive through our church-based apprenticeship and eventually residency, should he continue for the full two years.  So the way the core prolegomena serves the church planter is that it gives him opportunity to get grounded on some key components of a well-rounded theologian, churchman, and missionary, providing him a more sure footing in moving forward.

Though it is not entirely finished, I created six “modules” for the CPCP.  Each module is intended to last two weeks, and the amount of work and study is no walk in the park.  We covered the six modules over the course of the summer, and it proved to be a very profitable experience for me as a coach and for my emerging apprentice.


Getting Out by Tim Keller

May 2, 2011

From the 2011 Gospel Coalition National Conference. Tim Keller’s message on Exodus 14. EXCELLENT.

[vimeo 22669720]

David Platt Resource Library

April 15, 2011

One of the most used search terms for my blog over the past two years has been variations of  “David Platt”. This page has been accessed nearly 8,000 times, averaging roughly ten people a day, even though many of the links have since been outdated as The Church at Brook Hills changed and updated their web page.

I just found out last night about a (new?) website called Disciple-Making International that literally has scores of information and resources including a blog and a resource directory.  As a big fan of family worship, I encourage you to check out their 52-week family worship guide walking through the Bible from Genesis through Revelation.  They also have a basic introduction to family worship for those unfamiliar with it.

Because there is so much on this website worth checking out, I want to be selective here and highlight a few that have encouraged me personally:

* All Things Secret Church
* Abide Sermon Series
* Radical Sermon Series
* LifeBlood Sermon Series (What is the Gospel?)
* Covenant Community Sermon Series
* Global Gospel Sermon Series

Each of the sermons in the sermon series provides you the option of watching, listening, reading, or obtaining a small group study guide.  God has obviously raised up David and given him a generational platform to proclaim Christ and call us to live wholeheartedly for him and those who have never heard His name.  I pray these resources are accessed by many and leave a lasting gospel legacy for the next generation.

Plant! Conference Audio

March 28, 2011

Sovereign Grace Ministries recently held their church planting conference, Plant! in Philly, and this was one that I really wish I could have attended.  The next best thing is to jump on the audio.  I thought some of you might be interested, too.  So here are the links to the audio:

Dave Harvey: “Sending Onesimus” (Philemon 1-25)
Panel Discussion 1: “Discipling, Assessing, and Training Men
Darrin Patrick: “The Call of Men” (1 Tim. 3:1-7)
Mark Dever: “The Great Commission and Church Planting” (Matt. 28:16-20)
Panel Discussion 2: “The Importance of Preaching
C.J. Mahaney: “Profile of a Church Planter” (1 Thess. 2:1-12)
Darrin Patrick: “Mistakes in Church Planting” (Eph. 6:10-18)

POTW :: Tim Keller Reader

December 19, 2010

Last week, we had around 55 folks sign up for the Tim Keller Reading Group.  This is a picture of my reader (roughly 250 pages) that I had bound at the local OfficeMax.  Not bad for $5. I’ll be wearing this out over the next four months. If you’re interested and haven’t joined, go here for more information.

Sinclair Ferguson on Union with Christ

December 4, 2010

The doctrine of union with Christ has to be my favorite meditation because it lies at the very heart of the gospel.  Very few people alive today can preach with such simplicity and clarity as Sinclair Ferguson.  And at the 2010 Basics Conference held at Parkside Church (where Alistair Begg is senior pastor), the two came together.  Here are the videos of Ferguson addressing this precious doctrine of union with Christ.

Paul on Union with Christ

Union with Christ in Christian Living

Question and Answer

HT :: Nick Batzig

5 Books Every Christian Should Read

November 28, 2010

I had the privilege of joining Tim Challies, Owen Strachan, Trevin Wax, and Terry Delaney of coming up with a short list of books (five to be exact) we believe every Christian should read.  Terry, who came up with the idea, explains a little about our thinking in this blogpost.  There are other great books not on this short list, but we felt that these were foundational to the Christian life, enduring in their influence, and accessible to all Christians, especially those just beginning in their relationship with Christ.

Westminster Bookstore agreed to offer a special discount for those desiring to purchase these books individually or as a whole.  Here’s the list:

The sale at WTSBookstore is now offering these books at an additional 10% discount which will last only through December 31, 2010.  If you decide to buy all give books together, you will save $40 and receive free shipping for your order.  To take advantage of this sale, you will need to enter 5BOOKS as a coupon code when you come to the screen,”ENTER SPECIAL OFFER COUPON CODE.”

You may already own most if not all five of these books, but I’d encourage you to consider creating a “giveaway” shelf in your personal library of great books that you can hand out to those who come into your home as a guest or into your life as a friend.  I come to find that those who love good books love giving them away as well.  These are five that any Christian can enjoy and truly be impacted for their good and God’s glory in their life!

GCM Everyday Audio

November 26, 2010

Last month, he GCM Collective held a one-day training focused on the gospel, community, and mission in everyday contexts.  Steve Timmis and Tim Chester has a new book coming out soon on the “ordinary” church–living as gospel communities on mission in everyday life, not just Sunday’s.  The audio from this one-day conference is not available, so check them out!

There are some additional resources that you can check out here.  I also recommend that you check out their online community, which is a great place to learn with/from others.

The Gospel Community Conference Audio

November 10, 2010

Back in September, The Gospel Community Conference was held in my old neck of the woods (Huntsville, AL).  What is the goal of this conference?  They state:

It is our desire to retake the South through the biblical idea of missional community, the idea that life does not just include some missional activities, our life is about the mission of the Gospel. It is our desire to hold a regional event that will not only challenge and inspire the church planter, pastor, elder, member, small group leader, etc., with the biblical notion of a life immersed in mission, but to equip them by putting tools and networking opportunities in their hands with ongoing encouragement to begin to make it happen in their particular context.

I love this vision, and they have gathered a great group of dudes to lead in their recent conference.  Below is the conference audio that I encourage you to download and give a listen.  This is the kind of challenge we need today, especially in the South.

The Mission of the Kingdom by Paul Whaley
Tensions in Attractional and Incarnational by Jonathan McIntosh
The Gospel Centered Church by Jeff Vanderstelt
Community Focused Gospel by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
The Gospel Presented Through Story by Caesar Kalinowski
Mission Directed Life by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
Question and Answer with Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
Doctrine in Missional Community by Ray Ortlund
Planning Life to Plant Churches by Brian Howard and Chad Lewis (PDF)
Developing Leaders in Community by Paul Whaley, Mark Sellers, and Brad House (PDF)

Lead 10 Audio

November 9, 2010

Lead 10 is a conference recently held in Auburn, Maine hosted by my friend Josh Cousineau.  This is the second year, and the main speakers were Bob Thune (author of The Gospel Centered Life) and Bill Streger. Jared Wilson also shared about gospel wakefulness in breakout sessions.  What I love about this conference is that it is situated in the least likely place (Maine) with the most needed subject matter (the gospel).

So if you’re like me and were not able to go, I encourage you to download the 13 MP3’s below.  It is definitely worth a listen.  Check them out.

What Is the Gospel? | Q&A by Bob Thune
Gospel Hype | Q&A by Bill Streger
The Gospel and the Ordinary | Q&A by Bill Streger
The Centrality of the Gospel by Bob Thune
What Is Gospel Wakefulness? by Jared Wilson
Preaching for Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson
A Plea for Church Planting | Q&A by Bob Thune
The Subversiveness of the Gospel | Q&A by Bill Streger