Tim Smith (song leader for Mars Hill Seattle) interviews Bob Kauflin (song spear-header for Sovereign Grace Ministries).
Last February, I had the opportunity to attend The Resurgence 2008 Conference, Text+Context. It as easily one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. There are some excellent teachings, particularly for you aspiring pastors and church planters. If you don’t have time to wade through them all, I particularly recommend Driscoll’s Putting Pastors in Their Place, Mahaney’s Pastoral Character & Loving People, Piper’s Why I Trust the Scriptures, and Chandler’s Preaching the Gospel from the Center of the Evangelical World. Check out the audio/video here.
I have the humble privilege to oversee a small gathering of young adults called 724. I usually try to bring in more qualified pastors and teachers than myself, but last night I took the opportunity to teach on The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, which is a book by D.A. Carson. My teaching outline was literally the first chapter of the book – it is an excellent read (and for you with an already healthy “to-read” stack, this book is quite short for Carson.)
Carson’s basic – but important – premise is that pop culture has completely sanitized and distorted the notion of “God’s love” and that this has seeped deeply within the Church, causing many of us to hold to reductionistic, unbiblical views of the love of God. This book was fresh for me on this topic. I would encourage you to get a copy of the book and use it as a tool for a deep, Scriptural study on the widely underestimated doctrine of the love of God.
The audio from this teaching is online for those interested. (Again, no credit to my part at all – it is literally the first chapter of Carson’s book, but hopefully it will be useful in pointing folks to much wider, much deeper, much more biblical thoughts of the love of God.) Listen | Download