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It’s Finally Here! Michael Card’s Biblical Imagination Conference and Concert

My Philosophy of Ministry

My final assignment at Covenant Seminary included the development of my philosophy of ministry. What does that mean? A simple way to describe it is… what are the guiding principles by which you make decisions in life and ministry? You can read more by clicking here:  Philosphy of Ministry – FINAL copy



  • Watch this short but challenging video from Francis Chan titled “Are You Boring?” here:
  •  Check out this video of St. Louis Cardinal slugger Matt Holliday discussing his faith in Christ:
  • R.C. Sproul writes what Reformed Theology means by the term “Total Depravity” in his article “How Sinful is Man?” Read it here:
  • Tim Challies has developed a helpful “Porn-Free Family Plan” to deal with desktop computers, laptops, tablets, Smart phones, etc. Check it out here:
  • One of my favorite days for the past several years has been attending the annual Leadercast learning event, hosted locally at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Bloomington. The great folks of Second Presbyterian are wonderful hosts. Leadercast is a live event held in Atlanta, and then watched at many locations throughout the country. This year, the event is on Friday, May 9, and features two of my favorite leadership authors/speakers Andy Stanley and Malcom Gladwell, along with many other fine speakers. I can’t wait! To find out more and to purchase tickets, go to the Leadercast information page.
  • We recently watched and loved the three part series Arnie on The Golf Channel. I hope they replay it and you get a chance to see it yourself. Arnold Palmer was my Dad’s sports hero, and one of mine as well, as we have seen him many times at his Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando and also when he was here in Bloomington, IL to play at the golf course he designed, The Den at Fox Creek. The series encouraged me to go back and read Arnie’s 1999 autobiography A Golfer’s LIfe, written with James Dodson, one of my favorite authors. Look for a review of that book in the coming weeks. Read about Arnie here:
  • Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died April 20 at 76. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. He was convicted alongside his friend John Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner.
  • A highlight of every day is reading a daily prayer from Scotty Smith, a favorite author of mine. I also had the pleasure of taking two of his classes at Covenant Seminary. You can sign up to receive Scotty’s prayers sent to you each day at A year’s worth of his prayers were compiled in his book Everyday Prayers.
  • Another highlight of each day is listening to my favorite podcast, The Briefing with Albert Mohler. This is a daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and/or listen at
  • Each year, Barna Group partners with the American Bible Society on State of the Bible, a comprehensive study of Americans’ attitudes and behaviors toward the Bible. Asking a national representative sample of adults the same questions year after year allows us to track the country’s shifting perceptions of Scripture. This year’s research reveals six trends in Bible engagement: from the Bible’s continued role as a cultural icon, to increased digital Bible reading, to a rise in skepticism toward Scripture, particularly among Millennials. Read the entire story at:
  • This is an interesting article by Joseph Sunde – “Oprah, Rob Bell, And Faux Self-Empowerment For The Self-Centered”.  Read it here:




MOVIES – Reviews of Heaven is for Real

  • The film version of the popular book Heaven is for Real was released recently. My favorite blogger Tim Challies wrote a review of the book on his Informing the Reforming blog back in 2011. His final statement is “So reject this book. Do not read it. Do not believe it. And do not feel guilty doing so”. To read the entire review go here:
  • Randy Alcorn recently reviewed the movie version of Heaven is for Real. Read his review here:



  • Philip Bailey, lead singer of the band Earth, Wind and Fire has written a biography of the band titled Shining Star. I was never a big fan of Earth, Wind and Fire, but did enjoy the four gospel albums Bailey released between 1984 and 1991, so I plan to read his book. Bailey recently sat in with Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show Band Roots. Check out his website at
  • NEEDTOBREATHE will be in concert at the Pageant (at 6161 Delmar Blvd.) in St. Louis on Friday, June 13 at 7:00 pm playing songs from their new #1 album Rivers in the Wasteland. 
  • Desiring God recently featured hip-hop artist Propaganda (who has done some collaborations with Lecrae on his two Church Clothes albums), with his new single “Crimson Cord,” and a short interview – two minutes his explanation of the heart and idea behind “Crimson Cord.”


Just a reminder….. LAST CALL!

Matthew: The Gospel of Identity Biblical Imagination Conference to be Held at Christ Church April 25-26. Michael Card Concert to be held at East White Oak Bible Church April 27

Christ Church and East White Oak Bible Church are pleased to welcome back singer/songwriter, Bible teacher and author Michael Card for the Biblical Imagination Conference Matthew: The Gospel of Identity on April 25-26 and concert on April 27. The conference will be held at Christ Church and the concert at East White Oak Bible Church.

There are a few tickets left for the Friday night/Saturday conference and plenty for the Sunday night concert.

Tickets for the conference (which includes the concert) are just $58, and can also be purchased at:

Tickets for the concert only are just $18, and can also be purchased at:

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Bill Pence at (309) 452-5438 or





Michael Card Book Reviews

As we prepare for Michael Card’s Matthew: The Gospel of Identity Biblical Imagination Conference and Concert this weekend, we wanted to look back at a few of Michael’s previous books. Enjoy!

  • A Better Freedom – Finding Life as Slaves of Christ
  • A Fragile Stone: The Emotional Life of Simon Peter
  • Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity


SPORTS Book Reviews

  • Intentional Walk: An Inside Look at the Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals by Rob Rains
  • Impact Player: Leaving a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field by Bobby Richardson
  • The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever by Mark Frost
  • One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game by John Feinstein
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
  • I Never Had It Made by Jackie Robinson







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Matthew: The Gospel of Identity Biblical Imagination Conference to be held at Christ Church April 25-26. Michael Card Concert to be held at East White Oak Bible Church April 27

Christ Church and East White Oak Bible Church are pleased to welcome back singer/songwriter, Bible teacher and author Michael Card for the Biblical Imagination Conference Matthew: The Gospel of Identity on April 25-26 and concert on April 27. The conference will be held at Christ Church and the concert at East White Oak Bible Church.

The short promotional video and description of the conference will give you an idea of what to expect at the conference:

Tickets for the conference (which includes the concert) are just $58, and can also be purchased at:

Tickets for the concert only are just $18, and can also be purchased at:

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Bill Pence at (309) 452-5438 or









Bill’s Bucket List– This is my “Bucket List”, or a few of those things that I would still like to do before I ‘kick the bucket’:

  • Visit Israel with Michael Card as guide
  • See Ringo Starr in concert
  • Go skydiving
  • Go to the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach
  • Go to the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National
  • Travel internationally – Paris, London, Ireland, Scotland, etc.

We’d love to have you share your list with us!

Book Reviews

~ A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross by Michael CardA Violent Grace

 ~ The Truth of the Cross by R.C. SproulThe Truth of the Cross

~ The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work by Kay Robertson, Korie Robertson, Missy Robertson, Jessica Robertson, Lisa Robertson with Beth Clarkwomen



Movie Review – Draft DayDraft Day

Courtesy of Christianity Today


Check out the updated QUOTES page and here’s a few more:

The only works of righteousness that serve to justify a sinner are the works of Christ. -R.C. Sproul

Do you know who you need to be saved from? You need to be saved from God. -   Voddie Baucham

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. -J.S. Bach




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WebLog Stardate 4.10.14

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed Little Jeffy was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it. The seven-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, “Good morning, Little Jeffy.”

“Good morning, Pastor,” replied the young man, still focused on the plaque.

“Pastor Scott, what is this?” Little Jeffy asked.

“Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.” Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Jeffy’s voice was barely audible when he asked, “Which service, the 8:30 or the 11:00?” (submitted by Jim Lauher)


Book ReviewWhen Work & Family Collide: Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family by Andy Stanley

Movie Reviews – Captain America; Inside Llewyn Davis

Music Review – Rivers in the Wasteland by NEEDTOBREATHE




  • Love to the UtmostLove to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week is designed for Lent 2014. The readings begin on Palm Sunday, end on Easter Sunday, and aim to focus our attention on Jesus as He displays his love to the uttermost (John 13:1). These meditations on the self-giving love of Christ are all excerpted from the preaching and writing ministry of John Piper. Love to the Utmost is available free in online versions, with a softcover option available for purchase. To find out more, go to:
  • Ligonier Ministries is offering the audiobook of R.C. Sproul’s excellent book The Truth of the Cross free during the month of April. To find out more, go to
  • And speaking of audiobooks, each month, on the first day of the month, offers a free audiobook. What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst is the free audiobook of the month for April. Lysa is the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a non-denominational, non-profit Christian ministry that seeks to lead women into a personal relationship with Christ.  What Happens When Women Say Yes to God is an audiobook that shares inspiring stories and compelling insights     about what it means to partner with God in all decisions and actions.



  • PBS recently did a feature on the New Calvinism, focusing on the Southern Baptist Convention. You can watch it here: The New Calvinism
  • John Piper asks “Do you have a view of God, and his severe mercy, that is robust and biblical enough to flourish with tearful joy, under heartbreaking losses, which he ordains as discipline?” Read his article entitled “Great Losses, Severe Mercies, Tearful Joy” here:
  • Recently, we heard about the launch of, the new site for all sermons, books, articles, and resources from Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and Redeemer City to City. Check it out!



NoahCourtesy of World Magazine.



  • Ben Stuart leads Breakaway, a campus ministry at Texas A&M University. Over the past decade, Ben has taught the Bible every week to thousands of students in the throes of college life, often speaking practically into their sins and struggles. Check out this short video from Ben, building on the Book of James, how to overcome temptation:
  • Former NFL star Jim Kelly puts his faith in Jesus as he is battling a recurrence of cancer. Read more here:
  • More controversy for Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church. This time it’s over a new email deletion policy. Read more here:
  • David Letterman recently announced that he will be retiring in about a year. After Johnny Carson, Letterman was my favorite for a long time, and we were able to attend one of his shows on a visit to New York City a few years back. However, he has gotten increasingly political (liberal) and grumpy over the past few years and we recently switched over to Jimmy Fallon, who brings a youthful enthusiasm and creativity that the 66 year old Letterman once had. Here’s an article about Letterman’s announcement:
  • The little movie that could – God’s Not Dead, did another $.7.7 million in ticket sales this past weekend, finishing fourth in the nation and bringing its three week total to an amazing $32.5 million. To give you some perspective, Dallas Buyer’s Club, for which Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor and Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, has done $27.2 million in 23 weeks. 


  • The annual AgapeFest musical festival (4/26/14), sponsored by Greenville College is making some changes this year. After years of having the festival outside at the Bond County Fairgrounds, and often battling poor weather conditions, the festival is moving to the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The festival is also moving from two days to one day. Announced acts for the 2014 AgapeFest are Tenth Avenue North, Francesca Battistelli, Sanctus Real and The Afters. For more information, go to
  • NEEDTOBREATHE has been debuting new songs from their forthcoming Rivers in the Wasteland album, which will be released April 15. Check out the songs debuted thus far at


  • For several years our friend Doug Michael blessed us by sharing his funny and creative cartoons in our church newsletter. You can stay up to date with Doug’s work here:
  • Illinois State University Men’s Basketball coach was the featured speaker at the annual Laymen’s Lenten Breakfast, held April 2 at Second Presbyterian Church. This is an event that my Dad, brother and I have attended for many years. Muller’s message was “Husband, Father, Mentor”. He challenged the men to be better husbands, fathers and mentors. He mentioned that many of the young men he coaches did not have a father figure in their lives. He shared about his own family, getting emotional as he did so, and about his team. He shared the four team rules that his team has, including “No excuses”, and the advice that his Mom would give him and his three brothers every day as they left for school. He challenged the men to use the gifts that God has given them.
  • One of the favorite leadership events I attend each year is Leadercast, an event held live in Atlanta, and shown in numerous locations across the country. Locally, the event is held at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Bloomington. This year’s speakers include favorites of mine Andy Stanley and Malcolm Gladwell, along with Henry Cloud, Archbishop Desmund Tutu, Laura Bush and others. The cost of the event is $65, and includes a very good hot buffet lunch and drinks and snacks throughout the day. To find out more and to register for the event contact Pastor Josh Erickson at Second Presbyterian Church.


    • Check out these books and CDs for Easter from Alistair Begg’s Truth for Life ministry.
    • Here’s a sale on audio books from, in which several titles from Zondervan/Thomas Nelson are 40% off, including books by Ravi Zacharias, Joni Eareckson Tada and Andy Andrews. The sale goes until 11:59pm on April 30.


  • The Pilgrim’s Progress: A Guided Tour by Derek Thomas

For the past week I have been immersed in John Bunyan’s classic allegory of the Christian life – The Pilgrim’s Progress, courtesy of Derek Thomas’ wonderful new teaching series The Pilgrim’s Progress: A Guided Tour.

The Pilgrim’s Progress was written by Bunyan over 300 years ago, and is one of the most widely-circulated books ever to be published in the English language. In spite of its popularity in the past, many people today are not familiar with this masterpiece. In this teaching series, Derek Thomas takes readers along this allegorical journey, showing that Christians have as much to gain from this book today as they did hundreds of years ago.

I’ve enjoyed Thomas’ ministry, reading some of his books and seeing him speak at the Ligonier Ministries National Conference several times. As he leads us through he adds historical context, biographical information and goes over the theological points that Bunyan was making in the book.

Before listening to this series, I wasn’t aware that there was a second part of The Pilgrim’s Progress, which Bunyan wrote six years after part one. Thomas believes that relatively few have read the second part.

Part two is about a woman (Christina) and her four children. Some had criticized part one as not being community/church focused, as it was more about Christian’s (Bunyan’s) spiritual journey. Part two is a road story and also a family story with an adventure.

The series is available in CD and DVD formats. You can watch the First Message  free. To order, go to


Why I love Michael Card

I first heard Michael Card’s music in early 1985. I was a relatively new believer, and the album was Known by the Scars, Michael’s first in a trilogy of albums on the life of Christ. I appreciated how he took Scripture and put it to music. I remember thinking that he sounded just like Dan Fogelberg, a popular singer from Illinois at the time. Since that time, I have purchased all of his albums and books and seen him in concert many times. And yet it is his teaching that I think I appreciate the most. It is what Michael calls biblical imagination. It’s amazing the insights he provides on passages that we have read or heard preached hundreds of times.

Michael is always intentional with his music, oftentimes doing an album and book on a particular theme. In addition to the trilogy on the life of Christ, Michael has done a three album series on the Old Testament, an album and book on lament, an album on Hebrews, one on Revelation, a hymns and a Christmas album, a few albums of songs for children, and most recently an album and book on each Gospel in the Biblical Imagination Series. He also takes an annual group to Israel to tour the Holy Land, which is something that is on my personal “bucket list”.

Now I know Michael is just a fallen man. As Alistair Begg often says, quoting J.C. Ryle, “The best of men are only men at their very best.” But the Lord has used him in a mighty way to help me grow in my faith and knowledge of the Bible through his music, books and teaching.

Several years ago, my pastor, who also very much appreciates Michael, asked me if we could bring Michael in for a concert at our church. It didn’t work out back then, but in 2012 we were able to bring him in for a Biblical Imagination Conference and concert on the Gospel of Mark. The response from those who attended was so positive, that we asked Michael and his team to come back in 2014, this time for a conference on the Gospel of Matthew and a concert, which will take place in a little more than two weeks. I hope you can join us.


Matthew: The Gospel of Identity Biblical Imagination Conference to be Held at Christ Church April 25-26. Michael Card Concert to be held at East White Oak Bible Church April 27

Just a reminder….

Tickets for the conference (which includes the concert) are just $58, and can also be purchased in at:

Tickets for the concert only are just $18, and can also be purchased at:

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Bill Pence at 452-5438 or


Quotable: God is not wanting you to make sacrifices. He wants you to be a sacrifice. -Derek Thomas











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April 1, 2014


Reflections on my time at Covenant Theological Seminary

I’m Currently Reading….

Book Review: Double Play by Ben and Julianna Zobrist with Mike Yorkey

Leadership Library – Books by John Maxwell:  Home Run: Learn God’s Game Plan for Life and Leadership by Kevin Myers and John C. Maxwell

Movie Reviews: 12 Years a Slave, Noah, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Music Review: Hymns by Michael W. Smith



  • Just two days after announcing it would hire Christians in same-sex marriages, World Vision U.S. has reversed its ground-breaking decision after weathering intense criticism from evangelical leaders. Read more here:
  • Check out this short article and two-minute video from Matt Chandler on how to fill your life with joy:
  • Tim Keller’s next book will be Prayer: The Essential Guide, which will be released November 4.Prayer by Tim Keller
  • And speaking of Tim Keller, he is the series editor of the new Cultural Renewal series. An upcoming book of interest is The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth. Author Mike Cosper shows how modern entertainment reveals humanity’s universal longing for redemption as he explores a variety of genres, influential films, and shows, ultimately teaching us how to engage with and evaluate what we watch. The book releases August 31.
  • The Northampton Press, the ministry of our friend Dr. Don Kistler, is making available a collection of sermons by the great Charles Spurgeon in e-book format. These sermons are all from the Song of Solomon, and are titled “The Fairest of Ten Thousand.” For the time being it is only available as an e-book. It is available now on Amazon and soon on Barnes and Noble and Kobo.



Left to themselves, no one will ever choose Christ.—RC Sproul

If the cross is not foolishness to the lost world then we have misrepresented the cross. —Steven Lawson

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Michael Card Weekend Conference and Concert in One Month!

MC_BI_Poster_NormalIL-page-001Christ Church, PCA in Normal, IL and East White Oak Bible Church are pleased to welcome back singer/songwriter, Bible teacher and author Michael Card for the Biblical Imagination Conference Matthew: The Gospel of Identity on April 25-26 and concert on April 27. The conference will be held at Christ Church and the concert at East White Oak Bible Church.

For over thirty years, Michael Card has endeavored to engage with the text of Scripture, whether through the writing of music, books, or in the context of the conference or classroom. The fruit of this approach is heard in well-known songs like “El Shaddai,” “Immanuel,” and more recently, “Come Lift Up Your Sorrows.” Through the course of releasing over thirty albums, twenty-two books, and performing countless concerts, he has invited listeners and readers to honestly wrestle with the Bible, seeking to grasp the meaning of the text with all their heart and mind.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Michael received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biblical Studies. While at WKU, he met Dr. William Lane, who mentored him in an imaginative approach to studying the Bible. Michael went on to receive honorary PhD’s in Music and Christian Education from Whitfield Seminary and Philadelphia Biblical University. Michael lives in Franklin, Tennessee, where, with a group of close friends, he pursues racial reconciliation and neighborhood renewal. He and his wife, Susan, have four children.

The Biblical Imagination Conference is made up of four elements: commentary, music, on-site experience and community discussion.

 Michael writes: “Our approach is to engage the text (the Gospels) at the level of the informed imagination. This method takes seriously the impact of the fall on every dimension of human experience, including the fragmented and fallen way we listen to the Bible. How do we reconnect this rift between the heart and mind that was caused by the fall? As I understand it, only the imagination can bridge the gap. It is the means by which the Spirit begins to undo what was disintegrated by the fall. When we allow our imaginations to be recaptured by the Holy Spirit, the facts we know in our heads come to life in our hearts. This is why the Bible reaches out primarily to our imaginations, for by doing so the heart and mind become reengaged.”

But what does biblical imagination look like, you ask? How do we apply facts in our heads to aches in our hearts? What is missing in our understanding that leads to a more biblical response to the Spirit of God? Join us as we seek to reacquaint, inspire, and shape the Church with the life of Jesus imaginatively seen through the Scriptures.  

 The short promotional video and description of the conference will give you an idea of what to expect at the conference:



Tickets for the conference (which includes the concert) are just $58, and can be purchased at either church or at:

Tickets for the concert only are just $18, and can also be purchased at either church or at:

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please go to the conference site at: or contact Bill Pence at (309) 452-5438 or


Michael Card’s brand new newsletter The Card Community

Below is an excerpt:

The Biblical Imagination Series on the Gospels is almost complete. CDs and books are completed and in distribution on Luke, Mark and Matthew. Currently the John book is being edited by the great folks at Intervarsity Press and I am just finishing up the songs. It has been a long haul and it will be so rewarding to see them all together in a row. By the way, the video series from Israel produced by Day of Discovery is complete and available at our website. The concept with the Biblical Imagination Series is that you can go as deep as you choose to go. If you enjoy the music in light of your study of one of the Gospels, that’s great. But if you want to go deeper you can read the book or watch the video. If you want to go further still you can come to one of our weekend seminars which take place all over the country, indeed in many foreign countries. If you want to take a final step with the BI material you can choose to go to Israel with us in January. 2015. My dream has always been to walk with you as long as you feel called to dig. One of the wonderments of Scripture is that you can invest your lifetime in study and still only scratch the surface. Virtually everything I am doing now comes under the banner of BI. The only exceptions are fund raisers and private concerts.



On Saturday we would like to provide the Conference attendees with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks.   We have lots of needs and hope you can help provide some of these items.Unless otherwise indicated, bring food items to the kitchen at Christ Church no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, April 26.

Here is the link for food and beverages:

Here is the link to volunteer to help with greeting, set up, clean up, etc.:




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From Putin to Gluten

Cartoon courtesy of World Magazine.


 New to the Leadership Library – The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews and Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley

New Movie Reviews -

  • God’s Not Dead
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman
  • Veronica Mars
  • Divergent

New Music Review – Sun and Shield by Peter Furler Band


Breaking News ~

All Tim Challies all the Time!


Music and Movie News


2014 Ligonier Ministries National Conference

Ligonier National ConferenceWe recently attended Ligonier Ministries National Conference in Orlando, something we have been blessed to do almost every year since 1997. It was a bit dicey getting out of town as we left in a snowstorm, with the plane having to be de-iced twice before we left. Once we got down there we had a great time with our friends Don and Angela Lusk, who were attending the conference for the first time.
Ligonier Conf. with Lusks
Below are recaps from each of the three days of the conference from Ligonier’s blog:

Here are social media highlights from the conference:

You can watch or listen to all of the messages from the conference FREE here:

R.C. Sproul released his new book on systemattheologian bookic theology Everyone’s a Theologian at the conference – the book sold out the first day! This is a fantastic book; look for a review soon.

The conference was again held at First Baptist Church in Orlando. The church will be going through a building/renovation program next year and will not be available for the 2015 conference. The 2015 Ligonier National Conference will be held February 19-21, 2015 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

R.C. Quote



Quotable: You can tell who is being worshiped on Sunday morning in a given church by whom the service is attempting to please. – Michael Horton

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Cartoon Submitted by Julie Pence

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What do you do when the power goes out? Keep preaching Christ.

  • Recently at the Shepherds’ Conference in Los Angeles held at Grace Church, mid sermon the power went out. The place went black with only emergency lights dimly shining in the cavernous brick auditorium.  What did John MacArthur do? He grabbed a flashlight and just kept on preaching. He didn’t flinch. He was unflappable.  He literally just kept going. His voice grew with intensity as he unpacked the covenant of redemption. Soon his voice was traveling powerfully to every corner of the room.  Dr. MacArthur just went on preaching Christ. In Spurgeon fashion he powerfully pleaded with pastors to preach Christ or stop preaching.


Derek Thomas

And you can read Mars Hill Church’s response here: of-advisors-accountability, which includes the comments “While not uncommon or illegal, this unwise strategy is not one we had used before or since, and not one we will use again.”


Tim Keller Book Reviews

  • The Father and Son (The Encounters with Jesus Series-IX) by Timothy Keller
  • The Mother of God (The Encounters with Jesus Series-X) by Timothy Keller


Music Reviews

  • Inlandia: The Remix Collection – Jars of Clay
  • 100 – KB (ep)

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