Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mark Driscoll's "A Book You'll Actually Read"

Looks like Mark Driscoll has written a few more books, and each one is only 96 pages long! Click here to watch an overview video.

This series is available for pre-order and will be released on June 30th, 2008. They've made it possible to embed the introduction videos, so here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Also, if you want to have some fun, play all the videos at the same time (after watching each one first). I just did this and it made me laugh. Four Mark Driscoll's talking at the same time may just be someone's worst nightmare. If that's you, my apologies...

Friday, June 13, 2008

2008 Reading List

With the Desiring God Conference approaching in September, I thought it would be wise to look at all of the books I own, establish which ones I haven't read, and read those before I buy more books at the conference. Since I already have so many books to read, it doesn't make a lot of sense to buy more, but then again, that's part of the fun of going to a conference. It would be like going to Disney World and coming back without a t-shirt or mouse ears.

So in lieu of the conference, I have compiled a list of books that I own that I have not yet read. On a side note, my wife was watching me write down the titles of all my books and in the most loving way said, "Are you writing down the books you haven't read? That's going to be discouraging..."

Yes, yes it is. Overwhelming even. I don't plan on reading all of these by the conference, although that would be a fun goal. These are the books that I plan on reading for the rest of 2008. God help me.

This list is in no particular order.

The History of the Church

John Stott
The Cross of Christ
Basic Christianity
The Incomparable Christ

David Powlison
Seeing With New Eyes

Jeremiah Burroughs
Gospel Fear
Gospel Worship
A Treatise on Earthly Mindedness
The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit

R.C. Sproul
The Truth of the Cross
The Holiness of God
Chosen By God
Scripture Alone

Mark Dever
What is a Healthy Church
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

Al Mohler
Culture Shift

Thabiti Anyabwile
The Faithful Preacher

John Piper
The Future of Justification
Battling Unbelief
Brothers We Are Not Professionals
Don't Waste Your Life
Future Grace
A Hunger for God
Let the Nations Be Glad!
The Pleasures of God
What Jesus Demands from the World

John MacArthur
The Gospel According to Jesus

David Wells
The Courage to Be Protestant

DA Carson
Christ and Culture Revisited

Bob Kauflin
Worship Matters

John Bunyan
Pilgrim's Progress

John Foxe
Foxe's Book of Martyrs

Thomas a Kempis
The Imitation of Christ

John Owen
Overcoming Sin & Temptation

Burk Parsons
Assured By God

Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Preaching and Preachers

CH Spurgeon
Lectures to My Students

Sam Storms
Pleasures Evermore

Noel Piper
Treasuring God in Our Traditions

John Wesley
The Journal of John Wesley

In My Place Condemned He Stood

De Young/Kluck
Why We're Not Emergent

Preaching the Cross

Pierced for Our Transgressions

If You Could Ask God One Question

Christianity Explored

A God Entranced Vision of All Things

Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching

(By the way, the image above is not my bookshelf. I found this image here: www.joeclipart.com/blog/archives/photo/)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mark Dever: Exposition of Ezekiel 37:1-14

I have been meaning to post this for some time, and since my posts have been sparse lately I thought I would go ahead and post this now. When I went to Louisville for the Together for the Gospel conference, I had the pleasure of hearing Mark Dever give a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The message was a simple exposition of Ezekiel 37:1-14 and it was just filled with the gospel. It was the first time that I had ever seen Mark preach, and to be honest, I wasn't really sure what I thought of the guy. In fact, my thoughts of him were mostly negative.

To be clear, those thoughts had nothing to do with his theology, but his personality, or rather, what I assumed his personality was from hearing him on the 9marks website. Friends, I could not have been more wrong about Pastor Dever. The message was clear, humble, and loving. His expostion was precise and helpful and as I said before, the message made a bee-line to the cross. Enjoy and be edified friends!

Consequently, I almost wonder if Mark Dever is becoming one of my favorite teachers in the church. While we don't agree on everything, I appreciate his ministry much more now than I did before the conference in April. The message that he gave at T4G was very helpful, thought provoking, and most likely caused the greatest stir in pastor's hearts and minds about their treatment of the gospel in ther home churches. For that, I am thankful for Mark and I find his writings and ministry to be a great and worthwhile resource to the universal church body. Please take a moment if you haven't and visit the 9marks website, and subscribe to their newsletter. Great stuff.