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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has been accessed nearly 8,000 times, averaging roughly ten people a day, even though many of the links have since been outdated as The Church at Brook Hills changed and updated their web page.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)

A Gospel-Centered Reader

August 27, 2009

One of the things I learned to do while in seminary is create “readers” for myself on research topics.  Basically, a “reader” is a compilation of shorter works (articles, essays, sermons) that is put together in a Table of Contents and bound together.  Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a Reader on the subject of “Gospel-Centered.”  I thought I’d share the contents with you.  If there are others out there that I could add, please let me know!

1.  Gospel Coalition Foundation Documents
2.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Celebration
3.  Together for the Gospel Statement (PDF)
4.  The Centrality of the Gospel by Tim Keller (PDF)
5.  The Biblical Gospel by D.A. Carson (PDF)
6.  Gospel-Driven Sanctification by Jerry Bridges (PDF)
7.  The Transforming Power of the Gospel – Steve Childers (PDF)
8.  The Gospel and the Poor by Tim Keller (PDF)
9.  Fight Clubs: Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson (PDF)
10. The Gospel Centered Life by Bob Thune (study)
11.  Gospel-Centered Ministry by Tim Keller (PDF)
12.  How to Preach the Gospel to Yourself by David Fairchild (Sermon MSS)
13.  The Gospel: Key to Change by Tim Keller (PDF)
14.  God Strengthens Us by the Gospel by John Piper
15.  Advancing the Gospel in the 21st Century Part 2 by Tim Keller
16.  Gospel-Centered Preaching by Steve Childers (not online)
17.  Gospel Christianity (1.0) (2.0) (3.0) by Tim Keller (studies)
18.  The Gospel in Its Many Forms by Tim Keller
19.  How Does the Gospel Save Believers? (Part 2) (Part 3) by John Piper
20.  Gospel-Centered by Joe Thorn
21.  Being the Church in Our Culture by Tim Keller (PDF)
22.  Preach the Gospel to Yourself by Tim Challies
23.  What Do I Mean by a Gospel-Driven Life? (Part 2 | Part 3) by John Fonville
24.  The Gospel-Driven Life by Harry Reeder III

Quick Hits 03.26.09

March 26, 2009

* Tonight, ABC is airing a debate on the existence of Satan where Mark Driscoll goes up against Deepak Chopra.  Here’s a video teaser.

* Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard and FoxNews Commentator, talks about church planting in the Wall Street Journal.

* A new website was created for all things Tim Keller. Basically a portal to several Keller directories on the internet. Check it out.

* Michael Spencer (iMonk) has started a discussion with the “evangelical untouchables” beginning with the question,”What Is the Gospel?”  Always interested in hearing how people answer that fundamental question.

* Dave Ferguson recently interviewed Tim Keller on church planting and movements for the Exponential Conference podcast. Every time you listen to Keller, you will learn something new. Always.

* David Platt–the preacher every seminary and conference is giving a microphone–was recently interviewed by both Southern Seminary and Baptist21.  Here are the MP3’s: SBTS | B21.

* Drew Goodmanson pointed his Twitter followers to the most popular content on his blog last year: Church Planting in a Post-Christian U.S.

* Here is a podcast (MP3) interview of Francis Chan from Catalyst focusing on adoption, social justice, and the poor.

* The Summit Church (SendRDU actually) recently posted the audio from Ed Stetzer’s talk, “Pitfalls in Planting: What We and Others Do that Undermine the Work and How to Avoid Them” (MP3).

* The Kentucky Baptist Convention and Campbellsville University is sponsoring a “Missional Church Planting” conference on May 11-14, 2009 at Sojourn Community Church. Ed Stetzer will be the keynote speaker.

* Here is a Google Map locating all of the Acts 29 churches to date. I’d be interested in comparing that with where evangelical churches are most densely populated.

* Justin Childers offers a few suggestions on how not to waste your Easter.

* Watch a video interview of Mark Driscoll talking to Matt Chandler of all that is happening at The Village Church.

Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening and Family Worship for the Advent Season

December 2, 2008

For the month of December, is giving away the first 90 days of Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening.  For years, this devotional by Spurgeon has been my favorite to read (although Winslow’s Morning Thoughts is challenging it!).  To download the audio, go here and remember to use “DEC2008” as the coupon code to get it for free.

Also, Christ the King Presbyterian Church (Raleigh, NC) has provided a helpful resource for families during the advent season which you can download and use during family devotions or family worship.  The PDF includes discussion outlines and songsheets for worship in a nice format.  To download this 58-page resource, click here.

This Week at Sowing Grace (3)

November 23, 2008

The following posts were made available at Sowing Grace this past week:

Sunday: Paul’s Prayer to the Ephesian Church
Monday: Monday Is for Membership: Biblical Theologian, Part 1
Tuesday: Developing Missional Patterns (Cultivating Community Contacts, Part 4)
Wednesday: Leadership in the Early Church (study in Acts)
Thursday: Greatness Redefined (chapter 3)
Friday: Fuel Friday: Church Planting Novice (Jonathan Dodson)
Saturday: Mark Dever on Three Things for Church Planters

You can subscribe to the Sowing Grace feed or check out the site for more information and upcoming posts.

This Week at Sowing Grace (2)

November 15, 2008

The following posts were made available at Sowing Grace this past week:

Sunday: Paul’s Prayer to the Philippian Church
Monday: Monday Is for Membership: Expositional Listening, Part 2
Tuesday: Do You Have a Parakaleo in Your Agenda? (Cultivating Community Contacts, Part 3)
Wednesday: Paul’s Reasoning and the Synagogue (study in Acts)
Thursday: The Perils of Pride (chapter 2)
Friday: Fuel Friday: Keller on Advancing the Gospel in the 21st Century
Saturday: Abide in the Love of the Triune God

You can subscribe to the Sowing Grace feed or check out the site for more information and upcoming posts.

This Week at Sowing Grace

November 8, 2008

The following posts were made available at Sowing Grace this past week:

Sunday: Paul’s Prayer to the Colossian Church
Monday: Monday Is for Membership: Expositional Listening, Part 1
Tuesday: Cultivating Community Contacts, Part 2
Wednesday: Centrality of the Word in Acts
Thursday: The Promise of Humility (Chapter 1)
Friday: Fuel Friday: London Dwell Conference Audio
Saturday: A Cross-shaped Mission

You can subscribe to the Sowing Grace feed or check out the site for more information and upcoming posts.

A Primer on Ed Stetzer

June 23, 2008

As you already know, Ed Stetzer is the keynote speaker at the 2008 National Founders Conference beginning tomorrow. I thought it might be helpful to provide some links and info regarding Stetzer for those of you who may not be familiar with him, his writings, or his influence in church planting and revitalization.

Stetzer’s website and resource pages are well worth checking out, especially New Churches and his newly designed blog. You can also read about his testimony by going here.

Perhaps the most significant recent offering by Stetzer on the internet over the past year is his series called “Meanings of Missional” and “Monday is for Missiology.” Here are the links to his blogposts:

1. Monday is for Missiology (July 30, 2007)
2. Monday is for Missiology (August 6, 2007)
3. Monday is for Missiology (August 13, 2007)
4. Meanings of Missional – Part 1 (August 14, 2007)
5. Meanings of Missional – Part 2 (August 20, 2007)
6. Meanings of Missional – Part 3 (August 29, 2007)
7. Monday is for Missiology (September 10, 2007)
8. Meanings of Missional – Part 4 (September 17, 2007)
9. Meanings of Missional – Part 5 (October 2, 2007)
10. Missiology and Contextualization (November 19, 2007)

You may also want to check out some interviews with Stetzer, such as the one with Mark Driscoll (MP3), or the with Leadership blog (text), or the discussion with Scott Hodge and others (Ustream), or the one by SBCToday (mp3), or the one with (MP3) or yet another one by Mark Driscoll (text).

But if interviews are not your thing and rather prefer a “candid conversation,” check out this three-part YouTube series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

But if you are not down with interviews or “candid conversations” and are the reading type, perhaps some of his books would be of some interest to you, including:

1. Planting Missional Churches
2. Breaking the Missional Code (with David Putman)
3. Breaking the Discipleship Code (with David Putman)
4. Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can, Too (with Mike Dodson)
5. Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way of Mission (with Phillip Nation)

Then again, if you are not the book reading kind of person but rather like to hear Stetzer at conferences, perhaps you would be interested in his previous messages at such conferences as the Dwell Conference, Acts 29 Boot Camp, Exponential Conference, Whiteboard Conference, Baptist Identity Conference, and Building Bridges Conference. Or, if you are hard-core Southern Baptist, you may remember this message:

Finally, if you have a short attention span and want bite-size Stetzer, you can follow him on Twitter.

I suppose that will suffice for a primer on Stetzer for those less familiar with him. Of course, I would be amiss if I left out the two videos of his interview with Mark Dever at the recent WiBo Conference, so here they are:

Blue Collar Theology 28: TBI TULIP Seminar

May 12, 2008

Having wrestled with the doctrines of grace for more than two years as a college student, I became convinced of the sovereignty of God in salvation both through the study of Scripture and the experience in my own life.  Shortly thereafter, one of the most helpful resources I benefited from was the TBI TULIP Seminar which I purchased in cassette form.  These were messages by John Piper on the five points of Calvinism presented in a humble, fair, and faithful manner, and I tended to return to these messages time and again throughout the years.

A couple of months ago, John Piper again held a TBI Seminar on TULIP, and Desiring God has made the messages available in text, audio, and video format.   I want to recommend this seminar to all Blue-Collar Christians because I believe it is one of the most helpful, accessible, and instructive ways of understanding the doctrines of grace.  Here is the links to each session of the TULIP seminar:

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Assumptions – Irresistible Grace
Part 3: Irresistible Grace – Total Depravity
Part 4: Total Depravity – Unconditional Election
Part 5: Unconditional Election
Part 6: Unconditional Election
Part 7: Limited Atonement
Part 8: Perseverance of the Saints
Part 9: Ten Effects of Believing the Five Points of Calvinism

Unfortunately, the majority of what lay people in churches hear these days regarding Calvinism is by those who are vehemently against it, and rarely if ever are the truths accurately and fairly presented.  As a result, those who disagree with the doctrines of grace are not so much disagreeing with the truths so much as they are disagreeing with the caricatures wherein they have been so poorly packaged.  If you want to know what Calvinists believe, listen and read from the Calvinists, such as this seminar by John Piper.  You still might not agree, but at least you will know that your disagreements are with the facts and not with a false representation of them.  For those of you who do believe in the doctrines of grace, you will find this seminar incredibly enriching and encouraging as scores of Scriptures are unfolded for you.  Calvinist and non-Calvinist alike should appreciate the balanced, humble, and accurate approach Piper takes on TULIP.

Desiring God also has two booklets that might be of interest to you (both are $4).  They are:

* What We Believe About the Five Points of Calvinism

* TULIP: The Pursuit of God’s Glory in Salvation (the seminar in booklet form)

Meaningful Church Membership for the Members

May 8, 2008

I know that the issue of regenerate church membership has primarily been a discussion among ministers, seminarians, and the rest of academia, but I want to speak to the layperson for a moment. You. Yes, you out there who is not a minister but cares about the church and has a great desire to see churches become healthy and experiencing biblical church growth. While there are some excellent resources that are more academic and make great cases for meaningful or regenerate church membership, I want to highlight six books for your consideration as a layperson with the hope that maybe one (or more) of them worth reading yourself.

They are:

1. Life in the Body of Christ: Privileges and Responsibilities in the Local Church by Curtis C. Thomas.

2. Life in the Father’s House: A Member’s Guide to the Local Church by Wayne A. Mack and Dave Swavely.

3. Stop Dating the Church: Fall in Love with the Family of God by Joshua Harris.

4. What Is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever.

5. Spiritual Disciplines within the Church: Participating Fully in the Body of Christ by Donald Whitney.

6. Membership Matters: Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and Assimilation by Chuck Lawless.

All of these books are affordable (roughly around $10 per book), and all of them would be worth your time to read, especially if you are interested in more than a discussion on meaningful church membership but want to be the kind of member who knows, understands, and practices it in your own local congregation.

Each of these books have their strengths and weakness as well as unique style and format, but they all address the single issue of what it means to be committed to your church as a faithful, devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, because membership is considered entry level in the process of discipleship, it is often overlooked or glossed over; yet, I am convinced that if we gain a better understanding of church membership and apply the covenant nature of our corporate identity as believers united to Christ and committed to one another, then the goal of developing healthy churches will have firm footing.

If there are other books, articles, or websites that you have found helpful that you would like to pass along to others, feel free to include them in the comments section. Let us work together that we might give ourselves to the health and well-being of our churches and the members who comprise them.

Blue Collar Theology 25: ESV Study Bible

April 21, 2008

When the Bible first began to really make sense in my spiritual growth, it came through the help of some good study Bibles. While I was in college, I purchased a new study Bible each year (with a different translation) with the goal of reading through it and taking notes that given year. Even now I can look back and see evidences of grace and sanctification in what God had been teaching me as I worked through these study Bibles.

And yet, despite all the good that study Bibles bring to the table, there is a real danger of becoming a second-hander when it comes to personal study, interpretation, and wrestling with the biblical texts. It is tempting to simply look at what a commentator had said below the line and assume it is just as valid as the inspired text. There is a danger of bypassing what Spirit says and what the human author said to find out what ____________ said.

Nevertheless, personal study Bibles do have an important role to play in the spiritual and doctrinal development of believers today, and the best ones provide the resources and tools necessary to do the hard work of going deep with God in His Word. From what I can tell so far, the ESV Study Bible does just that and perhaps better than anything available today. The ESV does not spoon-feed you commentary for a sound-byte generation or drive-by devotional; rather, it provides you with more than 2,750 pages of meaty resources, including:

* 25,000-plus notes—focusing especially on understanding the Bible text and providing answers to frequently raised issues.
* Over 50 articles—including articles on the Bible’s authority, reliability, and interpretation; on biblical archaeology, theology, worship, prayer, and personal application.
* Over 200 full-color maps—created with the latest digital technology, satellite images, and archaeological research; printed in full color, throughout the Bible.
* 200-plus charts—offering key insights and in-depth analysis in clear, concise outline form; located throughout the Bible.
* 80,000 cross-references—to encourage easy location of important words, passages, and biblical themes.
* More than 40 new full-color illustrations—including historically accurate reconstructions of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, Solomon’s temple, Herod’s temple, the city of Jerusalem in Jesus’ time and throughout the history of Israel, and many more.

The ESV editorial team, under the leadership of Justin Taylor, has done a fantastic job of putting together 93 first-class biblical scholars to contribute with articles and resources what would be the equivalent of a 20-volume resource library. To have these resources readily accessible in one volume will do much to further the vision of a Blue Collar Theology, and I am happy to commend the ESV Study Bible to you for your consideration.

A final note should be made here. We live in a biblically illiterate age where there are more Bibles, more sermons, more articles, more journals, more magazines, and more books available than ever before, and yet we are suffering from spiritual anemia today. You can have the genuine leather edition of the best study Bible in the world, but if you do not read it, it will be worthless to you. The Bibles we have are not to be living room decoration; our lives should rather be a showroom of the inward transformation that comes from those who “day and night” meditate on the law of the Lord. I know it sounds like I am preaching to the choir, but the point needs to be made that we should treasure God’s Word regardless if it comes with the bells and whistles. It is my hope and prayer that the vision of BCT will encourage all Christians to treasure and apply the Word of God in their lives. Indeed, it is my prayer that the ESV might re-introduce believers to the life-changing revelation of God preserved and handed-down to us.

Richard Sibbes On the Web

January 12, 2008

There are some excellent articles and resources of Richard Sibbes on the internet, and I thought I’d compile them for everyone reading his book The Bruised Reed as a part of the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge. If there are other links out there, please let me know!

From Richard Sibbes:

Barely Saved
The Bruised Reed
Grace Shall Reign
Help for the Weak
Christ, Our Surety
Affliction Sanctified
Divine Meditations
The Spiritual Jubilee
A Description of Christ
Christ’s Public Triumph

Believe Christ, Not Satan
Through Conflict to Victory
Duties and Discouragements
Means to Make Grace Victorious
Christ is Best, or St. Paul’s Strait
Offending Against Christ’s Mercy
Extracts from ‘A Description of Christ’
Confess Your Sins to One Another Part 2
Confess Your Sins to One Another Part 3
Confess Your Sins to One Another Part 7

Secondary Resources:

Richard Sibbes on Theopedia
Richard Sibbes on Monergism
Inspirational Quotes from Richard Sibbes (topical)
Richard Sibbes and The Bruised Reed by J. William Black
Richard Sibbes on Entertaining the Holy Spirit by Joel Beeke
The Evangelical Church, Richard Sibbes, and the Sufficiency of Scripture by Mark Dever (MP3)

Resources on Family Worship and Parenting

December 23, 2007

While things have been rather light here at P&P, I have been enjoying meditating on these hymns as I seek to channel my thoughts on Christ during the commercialized Christmas season.  While I have been uploading a bunch of photos from this past week, I thought I’d mention something I put together of the past few days.

Over at Nolan’s World, I put together a list of links dedicated for family life and Christian parenting.  The links are separated under these categories:

* Bibles and Books
* Family Worship
* Ministries
* Resources
* Teaching and Training

I wanted to make you aware of these links in case you may derive some benefit from checking them out.   Also, if you know of any other good helps on the topics of family worship, parenting, etc., please let me know.  My hopes are that our family blog will be a place to network with other family and friends as well as a resource center for cultivating God-centered marriages and families.