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2012 Band of Bloggers Audio

April 24, 2012

I haven’t had the opportunity to talk much about the 2012 Band of Bloggers fellowship this year because of other, larger projects colliding on the same season in the calendar this year.  We had a great gathering of 350 folks (sold out) and were able to give away 17 books per person (4 of them being e-books). Each year, I struggle to muster the energy required to do these gatherings, but each time they take place, I am reminded how much of a blessing the fellowship, books, and discussions are to folks who attend.

This year, the theme was on the “underestimated resurgence” with a look back on the past six years of the “young, restless, and reformed” movement and in particular the influence of blogging and social media played a role. Six years ago, I led the first Band of Bloggers fellowship in Heritage Hall on the campus of Southern Seminary, and so it is fitting that this year we could return back to our roots with the same panel speakers (Tim Challies and Justin Taylor) and include a few others (Collin Hansen and Owen Strachan).

The audio of the panel discussion was recently released, and you can download it by clicking here. I hope that you find it helpful and edifying to your interest and efforts to engage on the Internet, and especially through the blogosphere.

2012 Band of Bloggers | An Underestimated Resurgence

February 14, 2012

Registration is now open for the 2012 Band of Bloggers fellowship. It’s a nice time at the biannual Together for the Gospel conference to connect with fellow brothers and sisters, many of whom we may only know online.

Here are the details:

What: 2012 Band of Bloggers: An Underestimated Resurgence

When: Tuesday, April 10th, 11:00AM

Where: Legacy Hotel (on campus of Southern Seminary)

Who: Tim Challies | Justin Taylor | Kevin DeYoung | Collin Hansen | Tim Brister | Owen Strachan

Food: Lunch is provided.

Cost: Registration is only $15 this year. Seated is especially limited. Register early because they will likely have to shut down registration before the event.

Books: They are being compiled at the moment! More info coming soon.

Description:

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. We hope you’ll join us as we look forward to how we can best leverage our lives and steward the resources for the advancement of the gospel!

Register today!

2011 Band of Bloggers Book Swag

April 7, 2011

The purpose of Band of Bloggers gatherings is to forward the discussion on gospel-centered blogging and leveraging our online influence for the glory of God.  On the side, we have been able to enjoy a great relationship with publishers and various ministries who are happy to give away copies of their newest releases to our bloggers and attendees who in turn promote, excerpt, and review them in the future.

When we began Band of Bloggers in 2006, we were thrilled to donate one book per person.  Since then that number has continued to increase until last year where we were privileged to give away 12 books per person. As we started planning this year’s gathering, I was very skeptical about the possibility of increasing that number. Fortunately, we received great assistance from John Starke of TGC Reviews, and together we were able to secure a total of (wait for it) . . . 17 books ($237 value) for all everyone attending this year’s gathering!

Here’s a complete listing of the books for this year’s giveaway:

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The Gospel Procession :: 2011 Band of Bloggers

March 16, 2011

This is now the 5th year that I have been privileged to put together a Band of Bloggers gathering, and I am most excited about the one coming up this year.  We are changing the format and drawing upon a theme that has resonated with me for some time.

The 2011 Band of Bloggers is all about a call to a Gospel Procession.  According to Merriam-Webster, a procession is a concerted effort and continuous forward movement by a group of individuals or community. Take that idea and connect it with the gospel-centered movement, and you get the vision or a gospel procession–a community of gospel-centered bloggers working in concert to leverage our lives and influence to continually forwarding the gospel in our world.

People have legitimately wondered whether blogging or other forms of social networking and media will have staying power and remain useful in the years to come.  The fact is, the Internet is not going away, and while there are more blogs dying today than flourishing, we have an opportunity to have a sustaining gospel presence and persuasion through encouragement and being a part of a larger community seeking to bring about a gospel procession.

Every year, I wrestle with doing another one of these gatherings.  I say that only because it comes a great personal cost of time and money (there is no staff or budget for BoB).  Having said that, the guys at The Gospel Coalition have bent over backwards to put this together with me, and I am thrilled to lead another Band of Bloggers gathering in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition National Conference.  Collin Hansen and I have contacted some our blogging friends and have asked them to join us in leading this year’s event. They are:

Justin Taylor, Tim Challies,
Trevin Wax,
Joe Thorn,
Steve McCoy, Jared Wilson,

Justin Buzzard, John Starke,
and Owen Strachan

I have had the privilege of knowing (most of) these brothers for several years, and I’m grateful they have agreed to join Collin and me in exploring this year’s theme together.  The format for this year will not be a typical panel discussion but rather will focus on engendering thoughtful participation from all who attend. There will be three 10-minute roundtable discussions moderated by the panelists.  Between each roundtable discussion, 3-4 of the panelists will share with the group what they gleaned from the tables while interjecting their thoughts  as well.  The goal is to learn together ways in which we can better serve the purpose of gospel-centered writing both in form as well as in substance.

Another thing we are doing differently this year is shrinking the size of the gathering to 150 people for the purpose of incorporating everyone in the discussion and providing a venue conducive to our goals.  Having said that, this gathering will likely fill up quickly, so you will want to register as soon as possible. The cost for this year’s gathering and dinner is $25.

Of course, we will be giving away books again this year, so you will not leave without some book love (and we give away the best, newest books available).  I hope to see many of you next month, and I am eager to consider how our online writing might be used together for a gospel procession.

POTW :: Swingin

April 9, 2010

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Aiden had his first shot at the neighborhood swings, and needless to say, he loved it.  I’ve had some sweet moments with the boys this week, and I pray that I will always have front-row seats to watch them grow up.

My heart has been heavy all week with the passing of Michael Spencer.  I’m glad he is with Jesus.  Please continue to pray for his wife Denise, his children, and those whom he ministered to in Oneida, KY.

For those heading to 2010 Together for the Gospel in Louisville, I look forward to (re)connecting with many of you.  The Band of Bloggers gathering is ready to go with over 2,400 books ready to be given away, but more importantly spending time with a couple hundred gospel-centered folk discussing a very important topic (Internet Idolatry and Gospel Fidelity).  I’m looking forward to a great time next week.

Speaking of next week, I will probably not be able blog much due to a packed schedule, but I will try to give regular updates on twitter (including pics) and toss up more photos on Flickr.

Grace and peace.

POTW :: aidenclark

April 10, 2009

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On Monday of this week, I set out to catch a sunset only to see the sun play hide-and-seek behind the clouds, so I went over to the Cape Coral Marina to see what I could capture (the goal was to come up with potential postcard pics).  The pics above are from that brief photog excursion.

On to other news, we have finally decided on the name for our second son (due in less than five weeks!).  His name is Aiden Clark.  The middle name comes from my wife’s dad whose middle name is Clark, and Aiden comes from A.W. Tozer (his full name is Aiden Wilson).  Early in my theological journey, God used the writings of Tozer to impact my thinking on a God-centered trajectory and to live dangerously for the glory of God.  Aiden means “little fire” and perhaps comes from the first person to have that name–St. Aidan of Lindisfarne.  St. Aidan lived in the 7th century and was known for his passion to plant churches and excellency in theological education.  St. Aidan is credited as being the first missionary to the English-speaking world. I pray that God would fan this “little fire” and make him a great missionary theologian for the cause of Jesus Christ!

On the church front, things have been going rather well. Grace is planting a church about 30 minutes east of Cape Coral, and I have spent the last six weeks working with the core group and launch team as we are working through a study on Acts developed by Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church (which is excellent!).  I am also continuing a series focusing on Matthew 10 (Sending of Our Savior) this Sunday night, dealing with the relationship of prayer to the mission.  By the way, if you have not checked out the spiritual warfare sermon series Tom Ascol has been preaching, you need to check it out.

The 2009 Band of Bloggers registration is officially closed. We have 215 registered, and I’m excited to be able to give over 2,000 books away due to the generosity of several publishers.  The theme is Servants & Stewards based off of 1 Cor. 4:1.  The Gospel Coalition has been super helpful in working with me in attempting to put this event together.  Those who come will not be disappointed.

Finally, I have created a YouTube channel for the family since I recently made this purchase.  About the size of my iPhone, I am able to capture HD video, transfer, edit, and upload in less than 30 minutes.  I can’t wait to see what this little gadget can do.  A little confession though: I am having serious reservations of posting video clips with me talking to my son in a high-pitched voice.  Until I start sounding more manly, you will not hear a peep from me. 🙂

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.

Blogging Worthy of the Gospel

April 24, 2008

Now that the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship is gone, folks have been wondering what if anything will come of the Band of Bloggers and the vision of a gospel-driven community in the evangelical blogosphere. That is something that has been on my mind as well, and over the next several weeks, I hope to share some of the things that I think has the potential of being a very fruitful endeavor.

The first project the Band of Bloggers is undertaking is to compile a list of bloggers and their blogs who are committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the spirit of the exhortation to walk in “a manner worthy of the gospel to which you have been called,” the Band of Bloggers directory will be a collective response of Christians who desire to “blog worthy of the gospel.” The goal is to aggregate the content of dozens of blogs that are flavored by, and do not bury, the gospel (to use the words of Abraham Piper). Simply, we want to highlight and bring attention to the gospel of Jesus Christ and recognize those who are desiring to communicate it, treasure it, demonstrate it in their lives, and share it with others who do not know Jesus.

So with that said, if you are a blogger and would like to be a part of a gospel-centered community that is forwardly confessional and fraternally accountable, then let me encourage you to consider going over to the Band of Bloggers and submit your name (first and last name) and your blog address in the comments. Or, you can do so also by emailing us at thegospeltrust@gmail.com.

May there be many who, entrusted with the gospel, desire to blog worthy of it.

2008 Band of Bloggers :: The Gospel Trust

November 5, 2007

With less than a month before the first Together for the Gospel Conference, I kicked around the idea of having a gathering of bloggers to fellowship together and talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The idea was well-received with 70+ bloggers in attendance which, according to some estimations, was the largest evangelical blogging meet-up to date.

Many of you know that the 2008 Together for the Gospel Conference is fast approaching, and many have been asking whether there will be another Band of Bloggers fellowship to coincide with the conference. I am happy to announce that indeed, plans have been made for the 2008 Band of Bloggers fellowship, which will take place during lunch (11:30-1:30) on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at the Galt House in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Guest speakers and panelists for next year’s event include Tim Challies, Justin Taylor, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Mark Lauterbach–all men who I admire not just for their blogging but more so their passion for the gospel. The theme for next year’s conference, “The Gospel Trust,” will focus on what it means to be servants of God and stewards entrusted with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We have created a new website specifically geared for the Band of Bloggers where you can find more information including bio sketches of the panel, articles, interviews, podcasts, and for those interested, registration for the event next year. The best way to stay informed on all the future developments regarding BoB is to subscribe to its feed. Seating will be limited, but we will do everything we can to make sure everyone interested can be a part of this event. As final plans and preparations are being completed, registration will open in the near future.

Said at Southern, a blog affiliate of which I am an editor, will be facilitating the event this year, and I am grateful for the help Tony Kummer and Owen Strachan are providing, along with other SBTS bloggers who are volunteering their time and energy to this event. If you believe in the vision of Band of Bloggers and would like to help spread the word, one of the ways you can help is to get the word out using your blogs. We have created a blog button (dimensions 190×50) which can easily be inserted to our template by copying and pasting the following HTML:

<a href="http://bandofbloggers.org/"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2136/1874933313_4057aae30d_o.jpg"></a>

You can also go here for more blog buttons and headers.

For more information or to contact Band of Bloggers, please email to thegospeltrust[at]gmail[dot]com.

EDIT: The original post had the date for April 14, 2008.  The correct date is April 15, 2008.  I have updated the posts, headers, and buttons to reflect that change of date.