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Getting Out by Tim Keller

May 2, 2011

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

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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.

Announcing 2009 Band of Bloggers: Servants & Stewards

February 6, 2009

I am pleased to announce the 3rd fellowship of the Band of Bloggers will be taking place this year in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition National Conference. This meeting has been in the works for several months, and I am excited to see what this year has in store.

The theme for this year’s meeting is “Servants & Stewards” based off 1 Corinthians 4:1 which says:

This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Here is the general information about the meeting. Be sure to mark your calendars and register early should you desire to attend:

“Servants & Stewards”
2009 Band of Bloggers Fellowship
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 :: 12:00-2:00
Rosemont Conference Center :: Chicago, IL

(in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition Conference)

Unlike the previous meetings, we are structuring the fellowship to address specific issues related to how we can be more faithful servants of Christ in what we write and how we can be more effective communicators of the gospel with which we’ve been entrusted. Here are the issues and those who will be addressing them (see also panel page for bio summaries):

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)

Following these brief presentations, there will be a time of Q&A and discussion to go deeper into this theme.  One of the great benefits of BoB fellowships is the opportunity to meet and network with other gospel-centered bloggers from across the country.  Lunch will be provided during the fellowship as well.

A couple of new things that I’ve added to the website is a blog directory for the gospel-centered bloggers who have attended in year’s past, which will be updated on a regular basis.  Also, if you would like to help promote Band of Bloggers by getting the word out on your blog, you can get the code and/or images for your site.  There is a banner (800×216), sidebar button (150×75), and square ad (125×125).

In the coming weeks, we will be contacting various publishers, ministries, and organizations about partnering or sponsoring Band of Bloggers. If you would like more information about doing just that, contact me at thegospeltrust[at]gmail[dot]com.