NEXT Conference Audio

May 27, 2009

NEXT is the new name for the New Attitude conference, a conference affiliated with Sovereign Grace Ministries and aimed primarily at young adults. Most of the audio from this year’s conference is available free of charge on their website now, with more still to come. This year’s speakers include C.J. Mahaney, Joshua Harris, D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, and Kevin DeYoung. Messages from previous conferences are also available. Access these messages here


HT: Tim Challies


Entrusted with the Gospel“, the 2009 Gospel Coalition conference, was last week. The conference had an incredible line-up of speakers.

Justin Taylor:

The audio and video from The Gospel Coalition conference are now available online for free. Most of them are expositions of 2 Timothy:

The Audio from most of the worskshop sessions is also available:

Three of the sessions had corrupt audio, and the files are being worked on. It may be some time, however, before they become available:

  • Michael Bullmore, “The Functional Centrality of the Gospel”
  • Tim Savage, “Power in Weakness: The Heart of Gospel Ministry”
  • Scotty Smith, “A Biblical Theology of Worship: On Preference and Other Matters”


My buddy David Quinn, who works for Children’s Hunger Fund, told me about this video when he and I got together earlier this week. It’s very biblical, balanced, and helpful. Check it out:

Vodpod videos no longer available.


~ Donovan

From an essay by D.A. Carson on “The Biblical Gospel” (in For Such a Time as This: Perspectives on Evangelicalism, Past, Present and Future, ed. Steve Brady and Harold Rowdon [London: Evangelical Alliance, 1986], p. 83):

Pundits have often noted that many in the Western world have become single-issue people. The church is not immune from such influences. The result is that many Christians assume the gospel (often, regrettably, some form of the ‘simple gospel’) but are passionate about something on the relative periphery: abortion, poverty, forms of worship, cultural decay, ecology, overpopulation, pornography, family breakdown, and much more. By labelling these complex subjects ‘relatively peripheral’ I open myself to attack from as many quarters as there are subjects on the list. For example, some of those whose every thought is shaded green will not be convinced that the ecological problems we face are peripheral to human survival. But I remain quite unrepentant. From a biblical-theological perspective, these challenges, as serious as they are, are reflections of the still deeper problem—our odious alienation from God. If we tackle these problems without tackling what is central, we are merely playing around with symptoms. This is no excuse for Christians not to get involved in these and many other issues. But it is to insist that where we get involved in such issues, many of which are explicitly laid upon us in scripture, we do so from the centre out, ie beginning with full-orbed gospel proclamation and witness and passion, and then, while acknowledging that no one can do everything, doing our ‘significant something’ to address the wretched entailments of sin in our world. The good news of Jesus Christ will never allow us to be smug and other-worldly in the face of suffering and evil. But what does it profit us to save the world from smog and damn our own souls? There are lots of ways of getting rid of pornography. For instance, one does not find much smut in Saudi Arabia. But one doesn’t find much of the gospel there, either.

The point is that in all our efforts to address painful and complex societal problems, we must do so from the centre, out of a profound passion for the gospel. This is for us both a creedal necessity and a strategic choice. It is a creedal necessity because this gospel alone prepares men and women for eternity, for meeting our Maker—and all problems are relativized in the contemplation of the cross, the final judgement, and eternity. It is a strategic choice because we are persuaded that the gospel, comprehensively preached in the power of the Spirit, will do more to transform men and women, not least their attitudes, than anything else in the world.

HT: Justin Taylor

In a similar vein, Carson makes these comments in “Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians” [Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Academic], pp26-27:
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I have e-mailed D.A. Carson twice with questions, and received helpful, gracious responses from him both times (the first time he even apologized for taking so long to get back to me! [he had been out of the country!]). If you don’t know who he is: D.A. Carson is an outstanding biblical scholar who has written and edited dozens of books. He also does University evangelism and frequently speaks at major conferences around the world. I have benefitted from his books as much as I have any author (outside of Scripture). The bottom line:  he’s a very gifted, very busy man, who I’m sure is bombarded with e-mails… and I’m blessed that he would take the time to respond thoughtfully and helpfully to both of mine, even though we have never even met. I think it shows both a genuine humility and a true ministry mindset (not to mention exceptional discipline of time). I’m thankful to God for men like him – both gifted and godly (how easily knowledge and ability and renown can puff us up!). And I’m encouraged by his example – to make more of my time, to be the greatest blessing I can be, to as many people as possible… I may not have even a fraction of his gifting, but I can be very purposeful to make the most of what God has given me, for the blessing of others and the glory of God.


P.S.: If you’re interested in our most recent e-mail exchange, you can read it below: 

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The Gospel Coalition

August 30, 2008

Some of you may not know about The Gospel Coalition. Click here to see their website and watch an introductory video.

D.A. Carson is one of my favorite Bible teachers – I’ve been greatly blessed by both his sermons and his commentaries and other books. I was excited when Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson was published at the beginning of this year… I’d heard or read Carson refer to his father several times, and each time the picture painted was a beautiful one of faithfulness, of true godliness. I just finished the book – I read it in less than a week, so wrapped up in it that I only put it down when I had to. It was a huge blessing to read! (and moved me to tears several times) I’ll share a few highlights from the book in later posts, but for now, here’s one reference Carson made to his father in another book, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers , pp25-26:

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