Category Archives: conferences

Carl Trueman at Calvary Grace Conference

This weekend Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, AB, hosted its “Calvary Grace Conference” on the Reformation with Dr. Carl Trueman of Westminster Seminary (PA) and Clint Humfrey, the pastor of the church. The audio is now available on their website; I’ve linked each talk below. An interesting topic covered by two talks on Menno Simons and the Mennonites:

Luther and His Legacy – Trueman

Menno Simons and the Mennonites – Trueman

Can a Mennonite be a Calvinist? – Humfrey

Panel Discussion and Q & A – Trueman/Humfrey, moderated by Terry Stauffer

Calvin and Calvinism – Trueman

Sunday School Interview – Trueman, interviewed by Clint Humfrey

Like a Sheep Without a Shepherd – (Mark 6 Sermon) – Trueman



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Bryan College Conference and Adam

Bryan College and the Bryan Institute recently hosted a conference called “Reading Genesis 1-2,” dealing with the doctrine of creation and its entailments. The keynote speakers were John Walton of Wheaton, Jack Collins of Covenant, Tremper Longman of Westmont, Victor Hamilton (moderator) of Asbury, Richard Averbeck of TEDS, and Ted Beall of Capital. Break-out sessions included various evangelical scholars dealing with a whole range of topics, such as David Powlison on the nature/nurture debate; T. M. Moore on culture; J. Budzieszewski on Niebuhr’s view of culture; Kelly Kapic on rendering to Caesar; and a whole lot more (see here for audio from all of the sessions).

There were a number of panel discussions between the main speakers. This one is a discussion of the historical Adam issue, and is particularly relevant because one of the key-note speakers, Longmann, holds to a theistic evolution view of creation and argues that Adam was likely not an historical person. I haven’t listened to this yet, but I thought it might be helpful for those of us going to the talk on Adam next week.

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Hearing God’s Voice in an Age of Idols

The Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection will be hosting its annual conference on Thursday June 9, 2011 at Tyndale University College and Seminary. The topic for this year’s series of lectures is “Hearing God’s Voice in an Age of Idols” and the guest speakers are Andrew Stirling, Joe Boot and the Centre’s founder, Dennis Ngien. For more information see here: Hearing God’s Voice in an Age of Idols.

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Audio: Bruce Ware in Calgary

Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Seminary, recently spoke at the Calvary Grace conference in Calgary, AB. His topic was the doctrine of the Trinity, the subject of a book he wrote a number of years ago. Clint Humfrey, the pastor of Calvary Grace church in Calgary, also did an intriguing lecture entitled “‘The Call Me Trinity: Spaghetti Westerns and Confessing Doctrine.” The audio links are below {HT: Cowboyology}:

Session 1 How Did We Get the Doctrine of the Trinity, Biblical and Historical Overview (Ware)

Session 2 Relation of the Son to the Father within the Trinity. (Ware)

Session 3 ‘They Call Me Trinity’: Spaghetti Westerns and Confessing Doctrine (Humfrey)

Session 4 Relation of the Son to the Spirit within the Trinity (Ware)

Session 5 Q&A (Ware & Humfrey: Pavier moderates)

Session 6 Clint Humfrey Interviews Dr. Bruce Ware

Session 7 Trinitarian God of our Salvation, Eph 1,1-14

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Testimony of a Former Jehovah’s Witness

Here is my good friend Matt Fenn, who blogs at Pondering Christ, giving his testimony at a conference dedicated to former Jehovah’s Witnesses. Matt is a former Witness and has a powerful testimony. He is also a phenomenal defender of Christian orthodoxy against the Watchtower. The second video is particularly good–in it he explains how God used Philippians 3 in his life. If you ever get a chance to hear about how some unsuspecting JW’s came to his door, you’ll laugh your head off. If you’re a pastor and are thinking about doing a conference on cults or Jehovah’s Witnesses, I would suggest getting Matt to come and speak. He’s excellent, as you can see from these video clips.

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Canadian Baptist Historical Society 2011

5 March 2011


Tyndale Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Ct.
Toronto, ON

The Canadian Baptist Historical Society (CBHS) traces its origins back to the nineteenth century when Baptists passionate about their heritage began a process of preserving critical documents and studying the Baptist presence in Ontario and Quebec. Its primary focus is on the history of all Baptists in the Canadian context, but the study of Baptists around the globe is also a part of its mandate. Scholars, pastors, students and those interested in Baptist history are all warmly invited to attend meetings of the society. The CBHS is always interested in paper proposals for its meetings, and if you have a proposal for next year’s meeting please send it to Gord Heath.

The CBHS has also recently started to publish a series of books on Baptist history. Volume one is Baptists and Public Life in Canada (anticipated publication 2011). Volume Two is Baptists and War (anticipated publication 2012). Other volumes are expected in subsequent years.

This year’s annual meeting is at Tyndale Seminary.

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Preaching – TPF

The next Toronto Pastor’s Fellowship is fast approaching. On November 15 we’ll gather to hear Carl Muller (Trinity Baptist), Darryl Dash (Richview Baptist) and Robbie Symons (Harvest) discuss preaching. This should be really good. The meeting starts at 10am and is hosted at Richview Baptist–there will be coffee and doughnuts. For more info, check out the TPF website.


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EICC Conference 2010

The Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC) will be hosting it’s annual Biblical Worldview conference at the end of this month. It will be held at City Centre Baptist Church in Mississauga. This year’s subject deals with family and the speakers include Joe Boot (EICC founder), Dennis Ngien (Tyndale professor of theology), Scott Masson (Tyndale professor of English), William Gardiner (social critic) and others. More information about other speakers, schedule, price can be found here. It looks to be quite good.

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What Did You Expect?

Last night our church started a video series on marriage called “What Did You Expect?” led by Paul Tripp. We were given a sheet of paper with some questions on it that we answered together, then we watched the 25 minute episode and had some great discussion afterwards. Vicky and I have watched the “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” DVD series led by Tedd Tripp that we really enjoyed, so we were interested to see what this would be like. In turns out that Paul Tripp is an engaging speaker whose lecture content is gospel-centred and thought-provoking. I have no doubt that this will be a great resource not only for married Christians, but singles as well.

The website for “What Did You Expect?” is here. Check out the video below for a snippet of what to expect:

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Sola Scriptura Blog

Sola Scriptura Ministries International (SSMI) is a Canadian conference promoter and book distributor of which I have been long familiar with. Their executive director, Heinz Dschankilic, is a friend whom I met years ago through Dr. Haykin. Over the years SSMI has hosted numerous conferences on subjects related to Reformed theology that I’ve attended–too many to count! I’ve also probably bought too many books from them, much to my wife’s chagrin.

Recently SSMI has started a weblog and I am thankful to have been asked to contribute. My first post was published last Monday and dealt with “Protestant Scholasticism.” Check it out if you get the chance. As I submit blogposts, I’ll link them here, as well as posts by others that I think may be of interest.

In November Sola Scriptura will be hosting their annual London conference, the subject this year being the Holy Spirit. Speakers include Joseph Pipa and Guy Prentiss Waters. If I can, I plan on attending, as such events are always profitable. You should too if you’re in the area!

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Basics 2010

Yesterday I returned from the Basics Conference, hosted by Alistair Begg and Parkside Church. The conference speakers this year included Begg, Sinclair Ferguson and John Shearer–all Scots! I had a phenomenal time. I enjoyed the fellowship of Richard Valade, with whom I traveled, as well as a number of fellow students from TBS.

Below are links to the conference audio (video is also available), which I would recommend listening to. Each sermon and lecture was awesome and I will listen to them again and again.

I do want to pick out one as a particularly important file to download and listen to. John Shearer’s talk on “Reflections and Resolutions for Pastoral Ministry” is very important for pastors and aspiring pastors to listen to. John pastors a small Baptist church in Musselburgh, Scotland (see Musselburgh Baptist Church). It isn’t large or well-known, but he is a faithful pastor. His reflections were humbling, convicting, funny and powerful. That one session was the highlight of the conference for me–and that says a lot because I was completely dumbfounded by Ferguson on Union with Christ!

Session 1: Distinctives of the Man of God (Shearer)

Session 2: Union with Christ for Christian Living (Ferguson)

Session 3: The Word of the Cross (Begg)

Session 4: Union with Christ for Pastoral Ministry (Ferguson)

Session 5: Duties of the Man of God (Shearer)

Session 6: Jesus Christ and Him Crucified (Begg)

Panel Discussion: Begg, Ferguson, and Shearer

Breakout 1: Practical Pointers on Expositional Preaching (Begg)

Breakout 2:  Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (Ferguson)

Breakout 3: Reflections and Resolutions for Pastoral Ministry (Shearer)


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Toronto Pastors Conference 2010

The second annual Toronto Pastors Conference is fast approaching, so get registered! If this year’s gathering is anything like last year’s it is sure to be a tremendous blessing. This past weekend Mike Bullmore, the keynote speaker for TPC, spoke at The Gospel Coalition in Hamilton with D.A. Carson. I was impressed with Bullmore’s humility, his boldness, his clarity and biblical insight. I can’t wait to hear him at TPC! Other speakers include Dan MacDonald who pastors Grace Toronto, Paul Martin who pastors Grace Fellowship and Robbie Symons who pastors a Harvest Bible Chapel.

The conference theme is about making the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the center of pastoral ministry and church life–a theme that can never be spoken of too much. Because each of the speakers come from a different background I am every excited to see the harmony that will ensue in their discussion of such an important subject.

For more information and registration go here:

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Thoughts on the Warren/Piper Issue

I first read large chunks of Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life quite a number of years ago after a friend had publicly recommended it as an important book for all Christians to read. I was frustrated by it, not only because of its theology, but the style was pedestrian and Warren’s use of Scripture wasn’t sound. The first time that I read parts of The Purpose-Driven Church was for a course on pastoral leadership at Toronto Baptist Seminary. No, no, don’t worry! TBS does not advocate the “purpose driven” model for ministry. We had to read it as an example of bad methodology. The critiques offered by my fellow students and the professor were really helpful in thinking through issues of pragmatism in the church.

Recently John Piper, whose ministry philosophy is at polar opposites with Warren’s, has invited the pastor of Saddleback Community Church to speak at the upcoming Desiring God conference. There has been quite a lot of heated debate generated in the blogosphere over this one — no wonder!

The two best places to turn for a good perspective on Warren and the whole Piper invitation is Tim Challies’ recent post and the link that he provides to Michael Horton’s article at Modern Reformation. Tim, as usual, offers balance and helpful criticism. He argues that Piper made a mistake by inviting Warren because of the confusion it will cause. I wholeheartedly agree. Horton’s article is a great piece on Warren’s overall theology and chameleon-like ability to look Calvinistic in one context, and Emerging in another.

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Gospel Coalition in Hamilton

The Gospel Coalition will be holding a conference in Hamilton, Ontario on April 24, 2010. The speakers will be Don Carson and Mike Bullmore. They will be discussing the gospel and the need for gospel coalition. I’ll be there…you can count on that! More info here.

Christian Faithfulness in the Last Days: The Need for the Gospel Coalition
D. A. Carson  |  2 Tim 3:1-4:8

The Functional Centrality of the Gospel
Mike Bullmore  |  1 Cor 15

New Beginning: What Is the Gospel and How Does It Work?
D. A. Carson  |  John 3:1-21

Entrusted with the Gospel: Communicating the Gospel in a Post-Christian Age
Mike Bullmore  |  1 Thess 2:1-16

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Simeon Trust Toronto 2010


Preaching Apocalyptic


Last year I went to my first Simeon Trust preaching workshop. The speakers were David Short and David Helm, both of whom lectured on preaching through Luke’s gospel. It was fantastic! I learned a lot not only about Luke, but about a biblical approach to preaching a gospel. This year Simeon Trust is back in Toronto, with David Helm again, to speak about preaching through apocalyptic literature (i.e. Daniel, Revelation). I have the privilege of running one of the workshops, which is both exciting and scary! The following is the info from the Simeon Trust website. I highly, highly recommend going to this if you’re interested in preaching. If you’ve been preaching for twenty years or you’re new to it you will benefit from the time spent. Churches! Send your pastors!

Whether in the movies, television or popular music, the idea of Apocalyptic Literature is everywhere. It’s filled with spectacular drama, striking imagery and end-times relevance. Yet, preachers avoid it. Join David Helm and enter with him through the door of Apocalyptic Literature—to gain the necessary tools for preaching and teaching these important and often overlooked texts.
MARCH 3-5, 2010

David Helm serves as Lead Pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. David held the post of Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Church from its founding in 1998 until 2008, when Jon Dennis assumed the role. A graduate of Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, David is ordained in the PCA and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. He authored 1 & 2 Peter and Jude in Crossway’s Preaching the Word series, The Big Picture Story Bible and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes. Additionally, David serves as Chairman of the Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping men in expository preaching.

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Calgary Conference

Exciting news for those in Alberta. Calvary Grace Church in Calgary will be hosting their annual Calvary Grace Conference this January 29 and 30, 2010. Their guest speakers are Vishal Mangalwadi and Art Azurdia. Although I haven’t read or listened to anything by Azurdia, I am a big fan of Mangalwadi. His book on William Carey is excellent.
For more information about the conference check out the website.

{HT: Cowboyology}

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Upcoming NCB Related Events

The next little while will be busy for New City Baptist. Here’s a list of things we’ll have involvement in one way or another:

1) October 16, 2009 – John will be speaking at Grace Fellowship Church‘s singles night. A time of fellowship will start at 7pm. Worship in song at 7:45pm and John will speak at 8pm. GFC is our “mother” church and we’re thrilled that John was invited to speak!

2) November 20, 2009 – The denomination that NCB is part of, the Sovereign Grace Fellowship, will be hosting their annual General Assembly at Trinity Baptist Church in Burlington. It was at last year’s GA that NCB was taken on as a plant. We’re extremely thankful to the churches who have supported us over the last year.

3) Once a month on Mondays – GFC and SGF co-sponsor the Toronto Pastor’s Fellowship. This is predominantly a gathering of pastors, though others are more than welcome, who come together for fellowship and a time of intellectual stimulation. The first meeting was this past Monday where David Robinson encouraged pastors to find their competence in God.

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Church Revitalization: Ed Stetzer

FEBToronto is pleased to welcome Ed Stetzer, author of Comeback Churches, for a one-day workshop on Church Revitalization.

The workshop takes place on Wednesday, September 30 at Richview Baptist Church.

UPDATE: The start of the first session has been moved back half an hour to 12:30 pm

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm – For Pastors (including lunch – register below)
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – For Boards and Church Leaders

Download the poster in PDF for full details at:

Ed Stetzer has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed served for three years as seminary professor at the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and has taught at fifteen other seminaries. He is currently the Director of Lifeway Research and Lifeway’s Missiologist in Residence.

The workshop is free. A freewill offering will be taken to help with expenses. We are grateful to FEBCentral and Fellowship Networks for partnering with us in holding this event.

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Gary North: Calling and Career As An Austrian School Scholar

Economist Gary North discusses economics, Mises, the Austrian school, professional calling in life and the power of technology to convey necessary information. This was delivered to students at Mises University, part of the Mises Institute in July 2009. Very enjoyable.

Here is a link to the article by Leonard Read that he references called “I, Pencil
And here is the link to A.J. Nock’s “Isaiah’s Job

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Andrew Fuller Conference Audio

The Andrew Fuller Center has posted the audio from last week’s conference “Baptist Spirituality – Historical Perspectives.” As I’ve said in an earlier post, it was a great conference and I was glad to be a part of it. Now you can hear what it was like by downloading the mp3’s!

I hope that the audio for the sessions by Stephen Yuille and Aaron Menikoff will get posted soon – I missed both of them unfortunately (I was trying to catch my breath before I had to speak!). As well, Greg Thornbury’s isn’t posted and I assume that it wasn’t recorded because it was in the Broadus Chapel.

Lemme know what you think!

Monday, August 24

9:00 am Plenary Session 1: Crawford Gribben
“Irish Baptist Piety in the 17th Century” (MP3)

10:25 am Plenary Session 2: Robert Strivens
“Evangelical Spiritualities in Early 18th Century English Dissent: Philip Doddridge and John Gill” (MP3)

11:45 am Plenary Session 3: Gerald Priest
“A. C. Dixon: Exemplar of Fundamentalist Spirituality” (MP3)

2:30-5:00 pm Parallel Sessions
1. English Baptist Piety in the 17th and 18th Centuries (Chair: Paul Brewster)

2. Baptist Piety in 19th Century Great Britain (Chair: Michael Haykin)

3. Baptist Piety in 19th Century North America (Chair: Jeff Robinson)

8:15 pm Plenary Session 4: Greg Thornbury
“Baptist Spirituality and Theological Education” (Audio Not Available)

Tuesday, August 25

10:00 am SBTS Convocation:  R. Albert Mohler
“‘The Time is Near’ – The Emphatically Eschatological Essence of the Christian Ministry” (MP3)

11:40 am Plenary Session 5: Tom Nettles
“The Piety of James Petigru Boyce” (MP3)

2:30-3:30 pm Plenary Session 6: Greg Wills
“Relevance, Severity, and Spiritual Power in Baptist Piety” (MP3)

3:40-4:50 pm Plenary Session 7: Kevin Smith
“A Distracted Piety: African-American Baptists” (MP3)

“Amsterdam 400”: A Quatercentennial Celebration of Baptist Witness

6:45 pm “Spirituality of Historic Baptist Hymnody: A Hymn Sing” (MP3)

7:45 pm Plenary Session 8: Malcolm Yarnell
“ ‘We Believe with the Heart and with the Mouth Confess’: The Engaging Piety of John Smyth and the Early General Baptists” (MP3)

9:00 pm “Reformed and Anabaptist: Strengths and Shortcomings of Two Traditions” A Late Night Discussion between Drs. Yarnell and Haykin (MP3)


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