2006 Desiring God Audio Highlights

10 10 2006

The folks over at Desiring God have done us a great service in posting many of the great audio highlights from the confernece. This resource becomes a great ‘quote bank’ for future use. I have reproduced the links below. ::enjoy::

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Desiring God Audio Available (free)

3 10 2006


I am back from the Desiring God conference in MN and before I am able to post something the audio has been realeased…free.

So go here and check it out…

The conference was a great time of refreshment and encouragement. The highlight for me personally was D.A. Carson’s message on The Love of God. Grab your Bible and headphones and prepare to be encouraged to love Jesus Christ more!! It is awesome. The Driscoll stuff is great also. Anyway, grab the audio and did I mention it is free!


Confessions of a Reformissional Rev (Mark Driscoll)

10 07 2006


This book had the interesting effect of making me laugh, wince, and take notes, sometimes all on the same page! At the end of the day, I could not put the book down. I was captivated by a transparent pastor’s heart who struggled day after day to put Jesus before his city in effort to see many converted.

The book chronicles the life of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington where Mark Driscoll has been the Senior Pastor since its inception. Driscoll takes readers through the various stages of growth from a small broken down Bible study with “Indie Rockers” and “artsy” folks to a thriving megachurch of over 4,000 impacting one of the most unchurched regions in the US.

In his narrative Driscoll explains, from first hand experience, some of the gestational development of the now prominent Emergent Church. Driscoll himself was involved, and in fact a leader in, a movement in the mid-90’s to mobilize missionaries to their culture, impacting them with the gospel of Christ. As this movement expanded and gained traction Driscoll had to separate himself from it:

“I had to distance myself, however, from one of the many streams in the emerging church because of the theological differences. Since the late 1990’s this stream has become known as Emergent. The Emergent Church is part of the Emerging Church Movement but does not embrace the dominant ideology of the movement. Rather the emergent church is the latest version of liberalism. The only difference is that the old liberalism accommodated modernity and the new liberalism accommodates postmodernity.” (p. 21)

So here Driscoll is distinquishing between Emerging and Emergent…himself clinging to the prevailing positives of the Emerging movement (missional, theological, active) while distancing himself from the atheolgoical wing of the movement (Emergent).

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Recovering Biblical Meditation

24 05 2006

Pat Abendroth of Omaha Bible Church preached a message this past Sunday entitled “Recovering Biblical Meditation” which was particularly helpful and edifying. It is edifying as it helps the believer to understand the spiritual discipline of meditation without divorcing it from its objective source: the Scripture.

This is a timely message in light of the contemporary criticisms levied at evangelicals by those in the Emergent Church. They claim that evangelicals have abandoned meditation all together in favor of a fascination to the objective. They of course swing the pendulum the other way and cut off any strings to the objective truth while wading in the sometimes swampy and always murky waters of total subjectivism. This message is a thoughtful and biblical treatment of the topic.

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