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Off to Haiti

January 3, 2011

For the next ten days, I will be with 8 other men from Grace working in Haiti to train 50 Haitian pastors in a gospel conference and rebuild a church building destroyed in the earthquake.  For those of you not aware of the back story, read these blogposts (here, here, and here).  Pastor Joseph, our Haitian leader, was raised in the church in Desarmes whose building was destroyed, and more tragically, in which his father (the church’s pastor) died.  We will also build the first part of a multi-level orphanage.  In all, there are 130 orphans in this church alone.

I have created a website dedicated to our work in Haiti.  There you can find updates about our work, including photos feed from Flickr RSS, and new developments in our growing partnership in Haiti.  We are excited about God’s providence over the past year and the opportunities that lie before us.  For those interested, here are some blogposts related to this particular trip:

» 13 Ways to Pray for Our Haitian Team
» Chérir Christ Bible Conférence (schedule)
» What We Will Be Doing in Haiti
» Packing Up for Haiti
» Bibles for Haitian Orphans

Please pray for us as we hope bring the hope of the gospel in word and deed to Haitians who have suffered so much.  Our desire is to encourage, renew, equip, and revive the hearts of our Haitian brothers and sisters to advance the kingdom and spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

NB: For those in Partnering to Remember, I have scheduled blogposts for the time I will be away to encourage you in your memory moleskine.  Keep treasuring God’s Word!

2008 Together for Adoption Conference Audio

November 13, 2008

Jason Kovacs recently announced that the (FREE) audio of the Together for Adoption Conference messages are now available.  If you are looking for solid theological reflection and exhortation regarding adoption, I encourage you to download and listen to these messages.

Jason Kovacs and Maridel Sandberg – “Conference Welcome and the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Vision for Orphan Ministry

Dan Cruver – “Adoption in God’s Story of Redemption

Rick Phillips – “The Good News of Adoption

Carl Robbins – “Adoption and the Multi-Ethnic Family of God

Tullian Tchividjian – “Our Adoption and Visiting Orphans in Their Affliction

Building Bridges: Southern Baptists and Calvinism Line-Up

October 11, 2007

Tom Ascol and Ed Stetzer announced yesterday the full schedule for the upcoming conference, “Building Bridges: Southern Baptists and Calvinism” hosted by Founders Ministries and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and sponsored by LifeWay. This conference is one of the most significant developments in SBC life in a long time. For years, bridges have been burned and the smoke still remains in various areas of the SBC. I am grateful for men like Drs. Akin, Rainer, and Ascol who have chosen to chart a new course for cooperation and consensus in the SBC.

For those interested in attending, the cost of the conference is $104 which includes 2 evenings of worship, 3 days, 5 meals, 7 sessions, and 19 speakers. To register, go here. Here’s how the conference schedule shapes up:


Building Bridges:
Southern Baptists and Calvinism
November 26-28, 2007
Ridgecrest Conference Center

All sessions to be held in The ARC — Auditorium Recreation Center

Monday, November 26

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Introduction — The ARC

Greetings from LifeWay Research
Brad Waggoner – Vice President, Research and Ministry Development
Ed Stetzer – Director, LifeWay Research and resident missiologist

Building Bridges Theme
Thom S. Rainer – President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources

3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Session 1 — The Historical Record

David Dockery – President, Union University
Tom Nettles – Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

5:45 – 7:15 p.m. Dinner — Rhododendron Dining Hall

7:30 p.m. Worship

James Merritt – Pastor, Cross Pointe, The Church at Gwinnett Center, Atlanta, GA
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. – President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Tuesday, November 27

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast — Rhododendron Dining Hall
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Prayer Time — The ARC

8:30 – 10:15 a.m. Session 2 — Calvinism: A Cause for Rejoicing, A Cause for Concern

Malcolm Yarnell – Assistant Dean, Theological Studies; Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jeff Noblit – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Muscle Shoals, AL

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Session 3 — The Atonement: Its Design, Nature, and Extent

David Nelson – Senior Vice President, Academic Administration; Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Sam Waldron – Academic Dean; Professor of Theology, Midwest Center for Theological Studies, Owensboro, KY

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch — Rhododendron Dining Hall

2:00 – 3:45 p.m. Session 4 — Theological Stereotypes: Let’s Be Fair and Honest with Each Other

Charles Lawless – Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Nathan Finn — Instructor of Church History, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Session 5 — Election and Calling: A Biblical/Theological Study

Ken Keathley – Senior Associate Dean; Professor of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Greg Welty – Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

5:45 – 7:15 p.m. Dinner — Rhododendron Dining Hall

7:30 p.m. Worship

J.D. Greear – Pastor, Summit Church, Durham, N.C.
Voddie Baucham – Church planter and Pastor of Preaching, Grace Family Baptist Church, Spring, TX

Wednesday, November 28

7:00 — 8:00 a.m. Breakfast — Rhododendron Dining Hall

8:15 — 9:45 a.m. Session 6 — Panel Discussion

10:00 — 11:30 a.m. Session 7 — Working Together to Make Christ Known

Daniel Akin – President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Tom Ascol – Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, FL; Executive Director, Founders Ministries