Thursday, February 21, 2008

NCCT'08 Audio Available

You can now listen to or download NCCT'08 messages from the NCCT audio archive.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

NCCT'08: Looking Back

NCCT'08 has come and gone. The last signs of the conference were removed from the church campus as of Monday, and those who labored so hard to present this offering to the Lord have begun to get rested up from the many hours they devoted to making this such a wonderful event.

To those from the CBC family who gave so generously of their time, talents and energy, let me say a most heart-felt "thank you" for your devotion to the Lord and to His church.

Every indication is that those who attended the conference left refreshed and greatly encouraged. I pray that there is great fruit in their lives and their ministries as a result of the time they spent in worship and fellowship, and because they were blessed to sit beneath such fantastic teaching. D.A. Carson, Steve Lawson and Tim Challies challenged us all with their exposition of the Word of God, and encouraged us to believe that, indeed, the gates of hell shall not stand against the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ!

If you were in attendance at NCCT'08, would you consider sharing your experience in the comments here?

The congregation of CBC will no doubt seek to present an even better conference in February 2009, as we welcome John MacArthur and Bruce Ware to teach at NCCT'09. (We intend to add at least one additional speaker to the program, but we are not yet ready to announce who that will be.)

Again, to both those who came and those who served, thank you. May God alone be glorified!

Monday, January 21, 2008

John MacArthur - Interview on the Emerging Church Movement

Grace to You, the ministry that broadcasts the teaching of Dr. John MacArthur, has an interview with Dr. MacArthur concerning the Emerging Church Movement available on their site. The interview was conducted by Phil Johnson (not sure when it was done), and is available on CD for free to those who have never contacted Grace to You before (the form is here, though the offer may be for a limited time), can be purchased on CD or as an MP3 download, or you can read the transcript of the interview for free.

The following quote is MacArthur's answer to a question asking how one could recognize the Emerging Church. The entire interview is worth reading - or listening to - if you have the time.

The Emerging Church Movement is an amorphous sort of loose-knit association of churches that have decided that there is value, there is even virtue in uncertainty about Scripture. The bottom line in the movement is they believe that we aren't even suppose to understand precisely what the Bible means. And to me, that's the big issue. It is an attack on the clarity of Scripture and they elevate themselves as if this is some noble reality. They have finally risen to say we're honest enough to say, "We don't know what the Bible really means. We can't be certain. We are...we're the truly spiritual ones." It has overtones of spiritual pride, a false kind of spiritual pride which they call humility. They say, "We're too humble to say that we know what the Bible means."

The bottom line, I think, in the movement is that it is a denial of the clarity of Scripture. It is a denial that we can know what the Bible really says. And as I said, it's amorphous because there's a mish-mash of approaches to this and a mish-mash of styles and things like that. But they have embraced this mystery as if it's true spirituality. And so, it becomes celebration of mystery, a celebration of ignorance, a celebration that we can't really know. I think it's just another form of liberalism. I think it's just another form of denying the clarity of Scripture. And I think there's a motive behind it.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

PBS Story on Emergent

This 2007 PBS segment features D. A. Carson, Scot McKnight, Doug Pagitt, and Brian McLaren, among others. Runtime: 10:44.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tracking Tim - Day 2

NCCT'08 speaker Tim Challies continues his blog tour. If today is any indication, Tim can't expect all softball questions on this tour.

Today's blog tour stop: Tall Skinny Kiwi.