Audio for DGNC is Up


If you only have time for two: Make it these two

Voddie Baucham – The Supremacy of Christ in Truth for a Postmodern World
and
Tim Keller – The Supremacy of Christ and the Gospel in a Postmodern World

If you can fit in a third make it this one:
John Piper – The Supremacy of Christ and Joy in a Postmodern World

Then the others are good too. But the first two are key…

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Plenary Session #2

Voddie Baucham could have delivered the best session of the weekend. He spoke on the the Supremacy of Christ in Truth, in a postmodern world. He addressed the four questions everyone asks themselves from two separate perspectives naturalism (post modern) and Christian theism. The four questions he answered were: Who am I? Why am I here? What is wrong with the world? And how can what is wrong be made right? He first discussed these questions from a naturalistic point of view. Who am I is no one. Why am I here is to consume and enjoy. He pointed out the combination of these two can be deadly, “Have we not seen the logical conclusion of this kind of social darwinism?” Furthermore, What is wrong with the world? The naturalist says people are insufficiently educated or insufficiently governed and the answer is more education and more government. Of course who’s governing the governors? For the Christian perspective Baucham exposited Colossians 1. Who am I? “You are the crowning glory of the creation of God.” Why am I here? The purpose of all things is to bring him glory and honor. “The supremacy of Christ in the very purpose of existance.” What is wrong with the world? Baucham said it was me. He illustrated that people often ask him on University campuses how to explain the problem of evil. Baucham tells them he will not answer the question until they ask it the right way, as so: “How on earth can a holy and righteous God know what I did and thought yesterday, and not kill me on the spot.” We like to say “how dare God not employ his power on behalf of almighty man… as a result I want a God who is omnipotent but not sovereign.” Baucham asked what it would look like if God was sovereign in our lives. I couldn’t help but break down to tears as he transitioned from the Supremacy of Christ to the overwhelming conclusion in verses 21-23.

Col. 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation* under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

This sermon is a must listen as soon as it’s up on http://www.DesiringGod.org

Plenary Session #1

The conference site had no wireless! And I wasn’t staying at a hotel. So the result is that the conference blog will be a recap that will last the next few days. I really enjoyed the time. The conference was life changing in many ways. I’ll highlight each of the sessions and put some audio up if I can. First, David Wells…

The first plenary session was kicked off with a great session from David Wells. He specifically addressed the Supremacy of Christ from the book of Hebrews. Wells established from the book of Hebrews the incomparable nature of Jesus Christ. The recipients of the book because of the threat of persecution were drawing back from their faith. The author of Hebrews works hard then to establish the Supremacy of Christ to what they wished to hold on to. In essence they were willing to trade “what was unique for what was not, what was completely glorious for what was not.” Wells then suggested we are in such a time. Instead of facing persecution we are facing the curse of the west. Wells said it this way: “We are so distracted by so many things that it is hard for us to sustain this focus on the supremacy of Christ on our work and our lives.” After establishing the supremacy of Christ Wells drew three conclusions. One, he insisted that Christianity is only about “this kind of Christ. Christ reigning supreme, unchallenge and unchallengable over all of life’s enemies. We do not have any message but this.” He continued to say if seekers are looking for something else, we have nothing else to give them. Not only that but he argued doctrine is what people are actually coming to church to receive. Two, Wells argued that we live in the “already but not yet” period of time. He argued that our stage is like a chess match that is already decided but has yet to be play out to its completion. In light of this we ought to always put our pain and perplexities in this bigger context. “These painful experiences that we go through, that sometimes consume us, none of these is the final word. ‘The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us.’” Finally, he said “It is God’s pleasure that his son should be acknowledged now for who he is.” We are anticipating the time when every knee will bow.

I have to say, the confenece is off to a great start.

Blogging at the DGNC


I will post more in a bit but the confernce has been unbelievable so far. Voddie Baucham just finished speaking. I have never heard a message so clear and so riveting concerning the supremacy of Christ. Praise God for his ministry. As I left the auditorium, I could do nothing but shake my head and ask why Lord… Why would you lavish your grace on me… When the audio is up (for free) it’s a must listen to.

Get the updates on Desiringgod.org

Or Challies is blogging
. He apparently has found more readily accessible internet connections that me…

I have to post some quotes later…

"Post-Saving"

John Piper on his DG National Conference:

Our aim is to call the church to a radical and very old vision of the Man, Jesus Christ—fully God, fully sovereign, fully redeeming by his substitutionary, wrath-absorbing death, fully alive and reigning, fully revealed for our salvation in the inerrant Holy Bible, and fully committed to being preached with human words and beautifully described with doctrinal propositions based on biblical paragraphs. We love Dorothy Sayers’ old saying, “The Dogma is the Drama.” We think the post-propositional, post-dogmatic, post-authoritative “conversation” is post-relevant and post-saving.”