Charles Simeon

Charles Simeon

John Wesley

John Wesley

Here is a brief account of how Charles Simeon  “squared off” against John Wesley, in the love of Jesus!

How Calvinist Simeon Related to Wesley


Prayer and God’s Plan

July 25, 2009

How does prayer fit into God’s plan? Doesn’t God know the future? Isn’t every last detail in His plan? So why pray? John Piper answers this question well – in a simple, readable way that won’t make your head explode! Read it here.


HT: Justin Taylor

One of the biggest theological debates over the last few years has been on the doctrine of justification. NT Wright (in particular) has been presenting a “new perspective”, and John Piper (in particular) has been arguing for the traditional view. Trevin Wax has a brief and readable article in the latest Christianity Today that serves as an accessible primer on the debate. Read it here.


HT: Tim Challies

It’s been a busy week, and I haven’t had a chance to post anything. I have come across several good posts on-line though, and since I don’t know which to link to, here’s a smorgasboard of good stuff from around the web (as usual, I found most of this stuff thanks to Tim Challies and Justin Taylor!):

  • John Piper wrote a thought-provoking post entitled, “Why I Don’t Have a Television and Rarely Go to Movies” . This post also includes a wonderful example of humbly confessing sin. 
  • Keith and Kristen Getty have released a new album of modern, celtic-style hymns. Their lyrics are saturated with Scripture and their music is beautiful! You can listen to samples and/or order the CD here.
  • Sovereign Grace Music has released another children’s album entitled, To Be Like Jesus. Read about it here.
  • Tim Challies asked John Bell, pastor of New City Baptist Church in Toronto, to share about his experience sharing the gospel with the gay community in his city. It is well worth reading – to help us think biblically about homosexuality, and to help us in God-honoring evangelism and church life. There is also some very interesting discussion in the comments, especially involving a number of men who struggle with homosexuality but turn from it because of their commitment to Christ. Read this post here
  • If you’re compiling a summer reading list, you might find these 2 posts from David Powlison to be of interest. Powlison is a bilical counselor, professor, and author, and he spent some time this week discussing some of his favorite literature with CJ Mahaney. You can read part 1 here, and part 2 here.  
  • What does Kurt Warner, a Christian who plays quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, like most about being a professional football player? His very encouraging answer is here.   



These 2 blog posts are well worth reading:

Read John Piper’s post,  Hero Worship and Holy Emulation, here.

Read Kevin DeYoung’s follow-up post, Thoughts on Evangelical Superstardom, here.


This year’s Resolved Conference will be streamed live for free!

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, June 12 
8pm – Session 1, Rick Holland

Saturday, June 13
11am – Session 2, Steve Lawson
5pm – Session 3, C.J. Mahaney
7pm – Session 4, Enfield Concert

Sunday, June 14
11am – Session 5, Steve Lawson
5pm – Session 6, John MacArthur
7pm – Session 7, John Piper

Monday, June 15
9am – Session 8, Rick Holland
11am – Session 9, John MacArthur
5pm – Session 10, C.J. Mahaney
7pm – Session 11, John Piper

For more about the speakers click here.

To access the live stream click here.

In case you haven’t seen this year’s promotional video, here it is again:

To see previous year’s trailers, click here.


This conference is mostly aimed at church leaders. I haven’t listened to any of the messages yet, but there are a number that should be very good:

  • John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad, Part 1
  • John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad, Part 2
  • Mark Driscoll, What Is the Church?
  • Mark Driscoll, Ministry Idolatry
  • Tyler Jones, The Resurgence of the Church
  • Bryan Chapell, Communicating the Gospel Through Preaching
  • Matt Chandler, Preaching the Gospel to the De-churched
  • Ed Stetzer, Keys to Understanding the Church and Kingdom
  • J. D. Greear, Planting is for Wimps: Revitalizing a Church around the Gospel
  • Chandler, Driscoll, Chapell, Q&A
  • Eric Mason, The Ultimate Shepherd
  • Danny Akin, Marks of a Healthy Community of Faith
  • Piper, Driscoll, Greear, and Stetzer, Q&A 
  • ~ Donovan

    HT: Justin Taylor

    John Piper:

    “The folks at Westminster Bookstore have helped set up a remarkable website with serious reflections on the kinds of scientific and religious questions raised by the Dan Brown blockbuster Angels and Demons.

    It’s the kind of place you could send your unbelieving friends who have questions.”


    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”


    John Piper recently exhorted his pastoral staff towards unity and love amid differences. He boiled his meesage down to a brief blog post, giving 6 points of excellent, biblical counsel that are applicable to all Christians seeking to live in the unity Christ calls us to. Read it here.


    HT: Justin Taylor