Posted tagged ‘The Gospel Coalition’

Get These (Gospel Coalition) Booklets

March 11, 2011

Yesterday, I took advantage of the great deal by Westminster Bookstore that had all eight of the new Gospel Coalition booklets for the sale price of only $17.00 (45% off).  I encourage you to do the same.  This sale is good only for a limited time (ends March 16).

Personally, I can see how these booklets can be used for (a) personal discipleship, (b) supplementary reading for our apprenticeship program, and (c) provisional literature of the church for members in the bookstore or information center.

You can download for free Sam Storms’ booklet, The Restoration of All Things.  Check them out!

What’s Next for Francis Chan?

August 30, 2010

Mark Driscoll and Joshua Harris ask Francis Chan why he stepped down as senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and what he plans to do next.  When Chan announced in the Spring of this year of his departure, it caught many (if not all) people by surprise.  Listen to Chan as he shares why and how God led him to make this incredible move.

HT :: Collin Hansen

2009 Band of Bloggers – From a Distance

April 22, 2009

For most people, going to lunch and paying $15 for your meal would sound like a little pricey.  For others who received $175 worth of books and two hours of gospel fellowshiping, that $15 is put in a whole new perspective.  Of course, I am talking about the 2009 Band of Bloggers meeting which was held today in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition National Conference.

When I was first approached by guys from TGC about doing a Band of Bloggers this year, I was rather opposed to doing it simply because of the work involved in putting it together.  BoB has not budget or staff and given my new ministry at Grace, I figured that it was a near impossibility.  Through the encouragement and support of TGC, however, I had a change of heart and moved forward last summer with the plans on putting this meeting together.  Today’s meeting would have never been possible had TGC not been so supportive and willing to partner so that it could be administered from a distance.

Shortly after the planning began, I found out we were having a baby whose due date was going to be close to the time of this year’s meeting.  However, I continued to make plans to attend, knowing that there was a possibility that changes could happen.  And, well, changes did happen.  Without going into too much detail, I was providentially hindered from attending this year, and for that I was really saddened.

From what I could tell by the tweets and correspondence of friends, today’s meeting went rather well, largely in part due to two great brothers: Owen Strachan and Ben Peays.  These brothers stepped in to invest time and energy for this cause that was beyond what I could have ever asked and embodied a kind of “togetherness” that animates the vision of Band of Bloggers.  I also want to thank Justin Taylor, Tullian Tchividjian, Tim Challies, Mike Anderson, Eric Johnson, Steve McCoy, and Tony Reinke for their presentations and participation in the panel discussion, and I look forward to benefiting myself from all that was discussed.  The crowded room and the generous support from the sponsors who donated 2,000+ books are a reflection of the continued success of BoB to fuel a gospel-centered vision in the blogosphere and network together for the spread of Jesus’ fame in both worlds–real and virtual.

People are already asking about Band of Bloggers for 2010.  More information and plans will be announced on the BoB website, but for now, if you would like to join this gospel-centered fellowship, be sure to join the BoB Directory where you will find a great list of gospel-centered bloggers.

Thanks to all of you who attended and was a part of the 2009 Band of Bloggers meeting.  While it was something held at a distance during this past year, my prayer is that it will cause us all to embrace the gospel and call to be Servants and Stewards.

Gospel Coalition, Themelios, and the Future

September 26, 2008

Ever since I first heard of The Gospel Coalition (in March 2007), I was really jazzed about the potential of this new gospel-centered effort to recover the gospel in evangelical life and renew the vision for healthy churches constrained by the mission of God.  They have hosted several conferences in the past, and although I was not able to attend them, I was encouraged by their outcome. If you are unfamiliar with TGC, you might want to read the founding documents (preamble | confession | theological vision for ministry).

A couple of months ago, The Gospel Coalition completely reworked their website and now hosts a rich storehouse of resources including messages from council members.  Another addition to the website is the Themelios Journal which is available online for free to download (includes authors such as D.A. Carson, Carl Trueman, Michael Haykin, G.K. Beale, Craig Blomberg, and many others.  I encourage you to check out this great resource.

Upcoming in April 21-23, 2009 will be The Gospel Coalition National Conference, to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  The theme of the conference is “Entrusted with the Gospel: Living the Vision of Second Timothy” (does the theme sound familiar? :)). Speaking at the conference are Tim Keller, John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Ligon Duncan, D.A. Carson, Phil Ryken, Ajith Fernando, and several more. There isn’t a conference theme or series of sessions more pertinent today than what you will find in this conference!  To register for the conference, go here.

About the future.  Since leaving seminary, one of the things I have been thinking long and often about is where and how I will seek to invest my life in the local church and in the kingdom of God.  God has clearly revealed to me the former, and I am thrilled to serve in a church where the gospel and the mission is so central.  But the latter is where TGC comes in.  There are many good organizations and networks out there in evangelical life, and the sheer number of conferences today reveal that there great things going on.  Having said that, I am inclined to believe that the my best offerings for the kingdom of God will be in the work at Founders Ministries and also in The Gospel Coalition.  The vision of these two networks is almost identical though in different contexts.  Both are about the recovery of the gospel and renewal of confessional integrity.  Both are seeking to bring reform through local churches and their developing their leaders, and in God’s providence, I find myself in the convergence of one vision among two networks.

So anyway, I thought I’d put my cards on the table and let you know where I stand and where I, Lord willing, will be standing in the future.