Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Seminar on Arcing in Minneapolis

If you're in close proximity to Minneapolis you might want to check this out.  (From the Bethlehem Institute website, church-based seminary of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where John Piper preaches.)  I hope they produce video of it for download!

Introduction to Arcing

This seminar will expose participants to a method of Bible study called "arcing." 

October 3-4, 2008 -- Friday evening & all day Saturday
7:00-9:00 PM/Friday and 9:00 AM-4:00 PM/Saturday (1 hour lunch break at Noon)
Seminar Leaders: Tom Steller (Bethlehem's Pastor for Leadership Development and TBI Dean) and Jason Abell (Track 1 Director)

Many people wonder, "How does Pastor John see what he sees in the text of Scripture?" Years ago he learned a method of Bible study called "arcing." Though there is nothing magical about this method, it teaches the motivated student to read Scripture in context, proposition by proposition. It helps the student to discern the biblical author's main point and how every other proposition serves that main point. Through this rigorous attempt to follow the author's thought and discover his intended meaning, the student is confronted by the Word of God with all its truth, beauty, comfort, and challenge.

There's no charge for this seminar.

Advance registrations really help us in our preparations. To register for this seminar, click here.

Related Posts:

Resources for Arcing/Tracing a Passage of Scripture

Attention "Local" Readers: 9Marks Workshop

"Local" is in quotes since I am in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, very close to Lake Winnipesaukee.  For those in the area I am from, Southwest Virginia/Northeast Tennessee or any other place in proximity to Chattanooga, I wanted to make sure you knew about a 9Marks workshop coming October 17-18.  Find out more info by clicking here.  The price is VERY reasonable and there are scholarships available for those for whom finances are a problem.

9Marks produces some of the best resources for pastors, church leaders, aspiring pastors/church leaders, and those who want to know what a healthy, Biblical church is.

To hear/download free audio from a similar workshop, click here (the workshop is 6 sessions).

Also, I found this resource today which will also contain similar material (free access to video, free audio downloads):  Mark Dever TableTalk at Shepherds Seminary in Cary, NC

Related links: 

Dever audio interview:  What Is a Healthy Church? & Twelve Challenges Churches Face

my review of the Weekender: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

a comprehensive look at the Weekender from an intern's perspective (Noah Braymen)

At the Library with Mark Dever

This past summer I had the privilege to serve as an interim host for "At the Library," a program on WHCB 91.5 FM (a non-commercial, educational, Christian radio ministry) that features book previews (basically short overviews of the content and brief bios of the authors) and interviews with authors. The focus is on Christian books. I hope to post several of the interviews I was privileged to record.

Here is one with Mark Dever, primarily about his book, What Is a Healthy Church? We also discussed, in brief, Twelve Challenges Churches Face, printed sermons from his series in 1 Corinthians. (The interview is only lightly edited; the broadcast has to be edited for 15 minutes.)

Click to download or listen to the audio (3 MB; 19:00 minutes).

We discussed the importance and necessity of the local church, expositional preaching, the Gospel, elder leadership, and the sufficiency of the Bible to teach us about ecclesiology. We also talked about his conversion and discussed the text of one of his sermons, specifically concerning the glorious truth of the resurrection (1 Cor. 15) and about his idea/experience of publishing his sermons.

Philippians 2:1-11 Sermon: Humility - the Pathway to Unity

September 28, 2008 - Community Baptist Church, Whitefield, NH (church website) - sermon on Philippians 2:1-11 (audio) (manuscript)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Isaiah 6 Sermon: Look Up, Look In, Look Out

September 14, 2008 (p.m.) - Island Pond Baptist Church, Hampstead, NH (church website) - sermon on Isaiah 6 (audio) (outline)

The point of the sermon: a proper view of God, self, and ministry is essential to serve Him faithfully, particularly in difficult times.

Friday, September 05, 2008

NECEP 2008

I have been blessed with the opportunity to participate in the internship program of the New England Center for Expository Preaching, based out of New Hampshire. I plan to post some updates from time to time (and may use this particular post to provide links to sermon audio as able), but I will be quite busy over the next 3 months with sermon preparation, other assignments, and ministry. I would appreciate your prayers that this would be a profitable experience for myself, our director, Dave Ricard, the other intern, Neil Jackson, and the people to whom we minister.


September 7, 2008 - Grace Baptist Church, Merrimack, NH (church website) - Overview sermon of Ephesians chapters 1-3 - "Our Spiritual Wealth in Christ" (audio) (manuscript)

September 14, 2008 (p.m.) - Island Pond Baptist Church, Hampstead, NH (church website) - sermon on Isaiah 6 - "Look Up, Look In, Look Out" (audio) (outline) [The point of the sermon: a proper view of God, self, and ministry is essential to serve Him faithfully, particularly in difficult times]

September 21, 2008 - Crossway Community Church, Methuen, MA (church website) - sermon on Psalm 46, "Our Help Is Here" (audio) (manuscript)

September 28, 2008 - Community Baptist Church, Whitefield, NH (church website) - sermon on Philippians 2:1-11, "Humility: the Pathway to Unity" (audio) (manuscript)

October 5, 2008 - Rumney Baptist Church, Rumney, NH (church website) - sermon on Ephesians 6:1-9, "Living for Christ at Home and at Work" (audio) (manuscript) (arc)

October 12, 2008 - Hillside Baptist Church, Pembroke, NH (church website) - sermon on Micah 6:6-8, "What Does God Want from Me?" (audio) (manuscript)

October 19, 2008 -Calvary Reformed Baptist Church, Exeter, NH (church website) - Two messages on "Why We Should Listen to God's Invitation and Respond to Him":

sermon on Isaiah 55:1-7 (audio) (manuscript)

sermon on Isaiah 55:8-13 (audio) (manuscript)

October 26, 2008 - Grace Haven Baptist Church, Manchester, NH (church website) - Sermon on Romans 8:3-8, "What We Couldn't Do, God Did" (audio) (manuscript)

November 2, 2008 - Crosspointe Community Church, Hudson, NH (church website) - Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, "The Identity Question (Who Is Jesus?)" (audio)

November 9, 2008 - Pilgrim Baptist Church, North Brookfield, MA (church website) - Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:1-7, "The Target of Christian Teaching: Love" (audio)

November 16, 2008 - Grace Baptist Church, Cheshire, CT (church website) - Sermon on Luke 11:33-54, "Be Real" (The Fine Print of Discipleship?) (audio)

November 23, 2008 - Community Church of Exeter, Exeter, NH - Sermon on Isaiah 6:5, "Seeing Ourselves in the Light of God" (audio)