As you may or may not know, last week was a slow week blogging because I was with 8000 some odd others at the 2012 Together for the Gospel Conference. I enjoyed an amazing week with some guys from Crestview. We left Easter Sunday and got in to St. Louis that night, then drove on into Louisville on Monday.
On Monday night, we attended the Dinner and Dialogue at Southern Seminary. The food was amazing and the dialogue included Josh Harris, Carl Trueman, Matt Pinson, Jeff Bethke and J.D. Greear, hosted by Russell D. Moore.
On Tuesday, before the conference began, I took in the Band of Bloggers meeting. This panel included Owen Strachan, Timmy Brister, Justin Taylor, Collin Hansen, and Tim Challies. These are the uber-bloggers of the Christian world. This panel included some great discussion as to how our tone should be on blogs and how we can be light to our world.
Finally, then, the conference began on Tuesday. The lineup was pretty amazing and I still almost have to pinch myself to think that I actually got to be a part of this.
C.J. Mahaney began with a talk on The Sustaining Power of the Gospel (audio/video). This message really opened the conference up by setting the tone and helping all present see how the Gospel is able to help us in the midst of our ministries, sustaining us to persevere through hard times.
Next up was Al Mohler, offering one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard from him on The Power of the Articulated Gospel (audio/video). This simple unfolding of Romans 10 helped all present know the importance of verbalizing the Gospel.
Finally on Tuesday, Mark Dever gave a warning on False Conversions: The Suicide of the Church (audio/video). There’s a fine line of tension drawn in raising this subject matter, but Dever was up to the challenge and helped me see how God can be honored through holding the line of His Word.
(I’ll summarize more tomorrow)…