Faithful Families: Building Healthy Families God’s Way

April 4, 2011

I have the privilege of being part of an upcoming conference called Faithful Families: Building Healthy Families God’s Way. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Joel Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI and author of The Family at Church and Family Worship.

I have the privilege of presenting a workshop titled: “My Warmest Love”: Samuel and Sarah Pearce as Models of Christian Marriage. Particular Baptist Samuel Pearce and his wife Sarah modeled a true and devoted love to one another during their brief lives. By looking at their letters to each other and their writings on their relationship we can see how husbands and wives today can and should be as intimate allies. The conference is being held July 16 at Grace Bible Church in Dunmore, PA. I hope you will plan to attend and learn to have a more “Faithful Family!” For more information visit the Life Reformation website.


Baptist Spirituality Conference

July 17, 2009

For those church history or Baptist history buffs out there, seriously consider taking in the upcoming The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies conference on the theme of “Baptist Spirituality.” More details about registration and such can be found here.

The speakers for the schedule are excellent. I seriously recommend you give consideration to attending this event August 24-25 at the beautiful campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, August 24

7:30-8:45 am Registration

9:00 am Plenary session 1: Crawford Gribben
“Irish Baptist Piety in the 17th Century”

10:25 am Plenary session 2: Robert Strivens
“The Piety of English Dissent: Philip Doddridge and 18th Century Baptists”

11:45am Plenary session 3: Gerald Priest
“A. C. Dixon: Exemplar of Fundamentalist Spirituality”

1:00-2:30 pm Lunch Break: conference participants on their own

2:30 pm-4:45 pm Parallel Sessions

1. ENGLISH BAPTIST PIETY IN THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES (Chair: Paul Brewster)
a. J. Stephen Yuille “Saving Faith Discovered in Three Heavenly Conferences: A Look at the Pastoral Ministry of a 17th Century Baptist Pastor”
b. Steve Weaver “Piety in 17th Century Baptist Pastoral Ministry as Seen in Three Funeral Sermons”
c. Allen Mickle “A Fountain of Gardens, a Well of Living Waters”: A Survey of Christian Spirituality from John Gill’s (1697-1771) Exposition of the Book of Solomon’s Song
d. Josh Carmichael “The Hymns of Anne Steele: Baptist Spirituality in Verse”

2. BAPTIST PIETY IN 19TH CENTURY GREAT BRITAIN (Chair: Michael Haykin)
a.  Michael Haykin, “Spirituality in the Marriage of Samuel and Sarah Pearce”
b. Terry Wilder “The Life, Thought, and Preaching of 19th Century Scottish Baptist, Peter Grant”
c.  Ian Clary “Alexander Carson: A Plea for Further Study”
d.  Jeff Straub “C.H. Spurgeon—Mr. Greatheart with a Great Heart for God!”

3. BAPTIST PIETY IN 19TH CENTURY NORTH AMERICA (Chair: Jeff Robinson)
a.  Aaron Menikoff “Do Baptists Hold to the Spirituality of the Church? A Historical Look at the Causes and Consequences of the Nineteenth-Century Temperance Movement”
b.  Roger Duke “The Pietistic Thought of Basil Manly, Jr.”
c.  Gordon Heath “Canadian Baptists and Late-Victorian imperial Spirituality”
d.  Jeff Robinson “The Piety of Henry Holcombe Tucker”

6:15 pm Dinner (Banquet Provided for all Conference Registrants and Speakers)

8:15 pm: Plenary session 4: Greg Thornbury
“Baptist Spirituality and Theological Education”

Tuesday, August 25

10:00 am SBTS Convocation

11:40 am Plenary session 5: Tom Nettles
“The Piety of James Petigru Boyce”

12:50-2:30pm Lunch Break: conference participants on their own

2:30-3:30pm Plenary session 6: Greg Wills
“Relevance, Severity, and Spiritual Power in Baptist Piety”

3:40-4:50 pm Plenary session 7: Kevin Smith
“A Distracted Piety: African-American Baptists”

5:00-6:45 Dinner Break: conference participants on their own

BONUS SESSION:

6:45 pm “Spirituality of Historic Baptist Hymnody: A Hymn Sing”

7:45 pm Plenary session 9: Malcolm Yarnell
“ „We Believe with the Heart and with the Mouth Confess‟: The Engaging Piety of John
Smyth and the Early General Baptists”

9:00 pm “Reformed and Anabaptist: Strength and Shortcomings of Two Traditions”
A Late Night Discussion between Drs. Yarnell and Haykin


Mark Dever in Toronto

April 26, 2009

Mark Dever and Matt Schmucker from 9Marks Ministries will be speaking on “Building Healthy Churches” in Toronto on June 1-3, 2009. Dever and Schmucker are being hosted by the most excellent group, the Toronto Pastors Fellowship. The event will be held at Richview Baptist Church in Etobicoke, ON. For only $115 you will enjoy:

  • Admission to all plenary and breakout sessions
  • Free books
  • Monday night dinner
  • Tuesday lunch
  • Tuesday and Wednesday morning continental breakfast
  • The TPC Coffee House (serving Starbucks Coffee)
  • Some surprises
  • Registration for the 2009-2010 Toronto Pastors Fellowship monthly meetings

You can find out all about it here at the Toronto Pastors Fellowship. I would highly suggest that you consider attending this conference and plan on attending the 2009-2010 monthly meetings. The 2008-2009 meetings were fantastic. These were wonderful times of fellowship with dear brothers in Christ, learning and growing from the Word, and just simply times of nourishment and refreshment. The material from those meetings can be accessed here:

Pastor, Mentor the Young Men – Paul Martin Audio/PDF

Pastor, Remember the Spiritual Disciplines: Past Practice, Present Imperative – Michael Haykin Audio/PDF

Pastor, Give Guidance in Finding God’s Will – Stephen Kring Audio/PDF

Pastor, Love Your Wife – Tim Kerr Audio/PDF

Pastor, Serve the Weak: Ministering to the Sick, Elderly, and Dying – Carl Muller Audio/PDF

Pastor, Preach the Text – Pierre Constant Audio/PDF

Pastor, Train Your Church to Think Biblically – Tim Challies Audio/PDF

Pastor, Preach God – Darryl Dash Audio/PDF


3rd Annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference

December 4, 2008

Be sure to mark on your calendar the 3rd Annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference being held at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY from August 24-25, 2009. This looks to be a great conference!

The theme is “Baptist Spirituality: Historical Perspectives.”

The plenary sessions are as follows (the parallel papers will be added later):

Monday August 24

9:00 AM – Crawford Gribben – “Irish Baptist Piety in the 17th Century”

10:25 AM – Michael Haykin – “Welsh Baptist Piety in the 17th and 18th Centuries”

11:45 AM – Robert Strivens – “The Piety of English Dissent: Philip Doddridge and Eighteenth-Century Baptists”

8:40 PM – Greg Thornbury – “Baptist Spirituality and Theological Education”

Tuesday August 25

8:45 AM – Kevin Smith – “African-American Baptist Piety”

11:30 AM – Tom Nettles – “The Piety of James Petigru Boyce”

2:15 PM – Greg Wills – “Relevance, Severity, and Spiritual Power in Baptist Piety”

3:30 PM – Gerald Priest – “Fundamental Baptists and the Holy Life”

7:15 PM – Jason Lee – “The Piety of John Smyth”

8:30 PM – Malcolm Yarnell – “17th and 18th Century General Baptist Piety: Its Significance for Today”


Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection – 2009

December 4, 2008

Mark it on your calendar now! The Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection’s 2009 Annual Event!

The theme this year is: The Cross, Suffering, and Spiritual Bewilderment

June 18, 2009 – 6:30 PM-9:30 PM

Van Norman Centre, Tyndale University College and Seminary, 25 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto. There is no charge for this event (there is a $3.00 parking fee) and it is first come first serve for seating.

Featuring

Alister McGrath, Oxford – “The Cross, Suffering and Spiritual Bewilderment: Marting Luther on the Life of Faith”

Michael Haykin, SBTS – “The Spirit of Power and the Crucified Christ” (II Tim 1).

Dennis Ngien, Tyndale – “Jacob’s Ladder: Encountering God” (Gen 28:10-22).

See the below flyer for all the details!

Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection Annual 2009 Event


“In My Place Condemned He Stood”: Justification, The Cross, and God

October 14, 2008

Please be aware of an excellent conference being sponsored by Sola Scriptura. The event is a conference on the theme of Justification and features Dr. Michael Haykin, Dr. Joseph Pipa, and Dr. Guy Waters. This is being held November 7-8 at Free Reformed Church of St. Thomas, ON (145 St. George Street). Attached is a PDF version of the conference brochure. May I recommend you all to attend this event as the doctrine of justification is one which is still discussed and debated in the life of the church. It has great bearing on our standing in Christ Jesus. Be there and be blessed, encouraged, and challenged!

Sola Scriptura Conference


2nd Annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference MP3’s Available

September 5, 2008

The audio is now available in MP3 form from the 2nd annual Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies Conference. The theme was The English Baptists of the 17th Century. Be sure to listen to all of the messages especially that of Al Mohler! But you would enjoy them all! You can find them here.