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Art Azurdia Audio

Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, AB recently hosted a conference with Art Azurdia entitled “A Call To Worldly Christianity.” The audio is now up. Three lectures and a sermon. I haven’t listened to them yet, but I don’t doubt that they are excellent.
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Temptation Defeated

John’s sermon he preached last night at New City is up:

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News: New City Baptist

Well, now that life has cooled a little, I thought that it would be good to post about New City Baptist Church’s first service. A lot of people have been asking about it, so blogging is the best way to get it all out (hopefully) to everyone’s satisfaction!

We met this past Sunday evening in the building that we were given the use of in Atrium On Bay (595 Dundas, Suite 302). In total, we had roughly sixty in attendance, most of which consisted of people from our mother church, Grace Fellowship of Toronto. As well we had people show up from other churches, notably Thistletown Baptist. John and I were deeply encouraged by the show of support. In the morning we attended Grace Fellowship and the buzz about New City was electric. People were genuinely excited about the service and couldn’t seem to wait to go.

Worship officially was to start at 5pm, but a lot of people showed up early to help out, so there was good time for fellowship before service which pushed the time back about fifteen minutes. We had rented a portable coffee container from Starbucks (not Timmies!!) and some food and pop. So people hung out while things were getting set up.

Josh and Dave from GFC’s worship band led the music on guitar for us, which was awesome. I led the service and John preached a bang-up sermon from Matthew 16 on Christ building his church and the gates of death not prevailing against it. I must say, it was a very textual, biblical, Christ-centred, gospel-centred, practical and encouraging. It was John’s best sermon I’ve heard so far (audio will hopefully be up soon).

After the service, everyone hung out for quite some time having more coffee. There is a common room in the office space that we rent with cool chairs and tables and a coffee bar. It’s very conducive to fellowship.

All in all, I was very happy with how the service went and praise the Lord for his evident hand throughout it all.

As well, we have our website up (don’t mind the Christmas tree!) – many thanks to our buddy Tim Challies for it, it’s awesome.
UPDATE: Julian just sent me a link in the comments that I thought I’d note here. John’s sermon is up on Sermon Audio: “I Will Build My Church.”

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Carl Muller on Ministering to the Elderly, Sick and Dying

Yesterday’s Toronto Pastor’s Fellowship was particularly edifying and powerful (thus far TPF has hit it home with each meeting!). Pastor Carl Muller of Trinity Baptist Church spoke on the need for pastors to minister to those who are elderly, sick or dying. When the audio is posted online you should take a bit of time out of your day and listen to his sage advice. I think everyone was transfixed (at least I was) and many of us were teary-eyed. This was a very useful presentation!

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Varia

1) Peter J. Williams recently debated Bart D. Ehrman on whether the New Testament is reliable. This is not a formal, moderated debate but more of a radio discussion. It aired in Britain on the UK’s Premier Radio Station. Williams formerly taught at the University of Aberdeen and is currently the Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. Ehrman is the Princeton educated textual critic who now teaches at the University of North Carolina. Ehrman has become somewhat of a controversial figure recently because he has argued in his books that we cannot know the words of Jesus due to too many variants in New Testament manuscripts. Ehrman has debated Dan Wallace, as well as Williams, and will be shortly debating James White.
2) I was home in Windsor on the weekend and heard a fantastic sermon on the glory of Christ from John 17:1-5 preached by Richard Valade. I highly commend it to you.
3) Princeton Theological Seminary, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, has started a daily reading program through Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion. I’ve just started it and am trying to get caught up. Although they’re a few weeks into the program, it’s not too late to start. If you’re like me, you’ve never actually read through the Institutes, so this is a great time to do so.
4) The New York Times has a pretty decent article on Mark Driscoll and the Calvinist resurgence: “Who Would Jesus Smack Down?” by Molly Worthen. It’s worth checking out.

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Sermon: "The Old Is Gone, The New Is ‘In’" (2 Cor. 5:17)

I preached my first ever “New Year’s sermon” yesterday at Grace in Essex. I must say, I was quite excited to do it and felt really good about it. The whole morning, both the Lord’s Supper service and the regular one (I preached at the “regular” one) were particularly affective for me. Keith Lozon preached a bang-up message for the Lord’s Supper service reminding us that we are a part of Christ’s flock. It really set the mood for what I felt was a very unifying partaking of the elements. Just looking around at everyone as we took communion together really warmed my heart.
Anyways, enjoy the sermon (if you can!). I preached on 2 Corinthians 5:17 where Paul discusses being a new creation in Christ. The old is indeed gone and by virtue of our union with Christ, we are new creatures. Praise God!

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The Piercing of Jesus’ Side

I am church planting in downtown Toronto with a very good friend of mine, John Bell. Our church is called New City Baptist Church. Today John had the opportunity to preach at Grace Fellowship, our sending church. John preached on the piercing of Jesus’ side. It is now up on SermonAudio.com. Check it out here.

His basic outline is:

Point #1 The Account Is Historical;

Point #2 The Account Fulfills Scripture;

Point #3 The Account Was Written So That You May Believe.

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Haykin on Islam

A year or so ago I attended Sola Scriptura Ministries’ Toronto conference on Islam. The key note speakers were Thabiti Anyabwile, James White and Michael Haykin. While all of the talks were great, Dr. Haykin’s stood out. He offered an historical survey of the rise and conquest of Islam concluding with an early Christian response to this religion from the writings of John of Damascus. The Andrew Fuller Center has now posted the audio for this lecture which I took an opportunity to listen to while I grocery shopped this morning. Then, as now, I found this lecture to be intellectually stimulating.

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Trueman on the Trinity and Owen

The Reformed Forum has an audio interview with Carl Trueman, professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary. I have yet to listen to it, but having heard Trueman discuss trinitarianism and John Owen, it is sure to be good. Here’s the site and here’s the mp3.

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Lady Jane Grey and Your Heart

Paul Martin gave an amazing lecture on Sunday night in memory of the Reformation whose kick-off we celebrated this past October 31st. Every year around Reformation Day, Paul does a biographical sketch of one of our Reformed heroes. This year it was Lady Jane.

Going in to the lecture I wondered how I would receive it. I first heard of Lady Jane in a lecture given by Dr. Haykin. That was a long time ago and since then I’ve read Paul Zahl’s brief account of her life as well as Faith Cook’s fantastic biography. I’ve also watched the fairly accurate Hollywood movie (starring Helena Bonham Carter) a number of times. What would I learn?
The first thing I’ll say is that Paul is very good at telling a story – this was evident in his handling of the various background details of the English Reformation. He also is very good at applying biblical principles from church history to the heart – the lecture was affective in the truest sense of the word (I was moved to tears).

So download the audio of his lecture and the PDF to read along. You will be encouraged by her testimony unto death and will hopefully become even more steadfast in your faith.

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Lecture – Why Study Church History?

On Sunday afternoon I had the great delight in giving a lecture to the people of Grace Baptist Church of Essex on the need to study church history. I felt somewhat feeble doing this considering that this church was helped along in its early days by none other than Arnold Dallimore. I comment early on that I was conscious of Dr. Dallimore’s shadow looming over me as I spoke and that it was my desire to honour his own beliefs on the necessity of church history.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself (in spite of the sleep enhancing heat and the food in our stomach’s!), and hope that it was at least of some benefit to the people there. Grace has a fantastic library that is full of good church history, so I hope that it will be taken advantage of!
Structure:
Introduction
Reasons why people don’t like church history: boring; fear.
Five Reasons to Study It
Identity; Christianity an Historical Religion; Warns against past errors; Gives understanding of doctrinal development; Inspiration.
Example: Patristics
The story of Perpetua and Felicitas.

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Driscoll on the City Within A City

At The Resurgence website Mark Driscoll has an excellent two part series on Leadership Lessons from the book of Nehemiah dealing with how to build a city within a city. I listened to both this morning and was greatly helped by them. In particular, in the second part he answers questions about building this city and provides some very thoughtful answers based upon his experience in planting and building Mars Hill in Seattle. Part 1 (video) and Part 2 (video). Click the link for the outline of the lecture and scroll down for the audio or video file. I’ll probably be posting a lot more from this site in days to come!

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Anne Rice and N.T. Wright on Writing

Anne Rice is well known for her vampiric novels, the most popular of course being Interview With A Vampire, which was also made into a movie. In recent years, Rice has been converted to Christianity. A large part of her conversion had to do with reading the scholarly works by theologians like D.A. Carson, Leon Morris, Richard Bauckham and N.T. Wright. In fact, Rice credits Wright’s books on Jesus as being key in her change of thinking.
A couple of years back Rice and Wright shared a stage and discussed matters of faith and culture, in particular, writing. I listened to the discussion some time ago, and while there was much I didn’t necessarily agree with, it was intriguing to hear both of their thoughts on a range of subjects. Check it out here. The direct link is here.

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Trumper on Adoption

I was doing a search for Tim Trumper’s article on adoption that he did a few years ago for the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology and I came across the website for 7th Reformed Church that have a load of his sermons (some of which are on adoption!). Check it out here.
Trumper is very much a part of the redemptive-historical stream of systematic and biblical theology, a la John Murray and Richard Gaffin. These sermons are sure to be a treasure.

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Westminster Seminary Preaching Conference Lectures

Last year Westminster Seminary (PA) hosted a conference on preaching that included Dan Doriani, Carl Trueman and others. You can download the individual lectures here.

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D A Carson Audio

Here is a phenomenal resource: D. A. Carson Audio, a collection of audio lectures by D. A. Carson. I’ve listened to a good number of these recently and have found them to be extremely profitable. Carson is, as my friend so aptly put it, God’s gift to the church today.
Also, Ken Davis, the chair of the Toronto Spiritual Life Conference, noted in a comment on my blog that Carson will be speaking from January 27-30, 2008 on the biblical gospel. It will be held at the People’s Church in Toronto.

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RTS iTunes

Reformed Theological Seminary has uploaded all of their lectures onto iTunes for free. This is a tremendous resource! On my way to work in the morning I have been enjoying John Frame’s lectures on the History of Philosophy and Christian Thought – it’s great (although I do prefer Bahnsen’s lectures on a similar topic). They have New Testament, Old Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, Apologetics, chapel lectures, special lectures and more.

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Free SGM Audio Downloads

Sovereign Grace Ministries has posted all (almost) of their audio files for free to download at their website. They have a lot of speakers to choose from. I managed to download some lectures by Mark Altrogge, Al Mohler, Wayne Grudem, Justin Taylor, Ligon Duncan and others. Take advantage of it, who knows how long it will last?

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