The closest I came to attending T4G was running into conference attendees at our local Louisville Chick-Fil-A. But I feel like I might as well have been there—and I haven’t left yet! I’ve been working my way through the main sessions and now the panel discussions and breakout sessions.
So I just have to jump in with one more recommendation: the panel discussion on complementarianism moderated by Ligon Duncan, with John Piper, Russell Moore, and Greg Gilbert. I didn’t know what to expect from a panel discussion for pastors, but I found this conversation thought-provoking, convicting, and encouraging. I really enjoyed hearing from John Piper about the origins of the term “complementarian” (and I’m waiting for the day when spell check will recognize it!), but I was also challenged to ask myself once again how I am glorifying God as a woman and reflecting the gospel in my marriage.
I don’t know about you, but I need constant reminders of the glorious truths that undergird the daily grind. This thirty-minute panel discussion gave me fresh vision and I think you’ll be inspired too. I’ll leave you with this snippet, and a little nudge to take the time to listen this week.
“When you see that mother who is not seeking her own career advancement but really sees pouring herself into nurturing the next generation and Titus 2 woman to woman ministry as being valuable and worth it, you are seeing something that looks increasingly strange to the outside culture, but strange in a glorious way.” ~Russell Moore
Thanks to the good people at Next, these five people will receive free registration:
Jeff and Robin Jennings
Congratulations to all of you and we pray you have a Christ-exalting time at Next! For the rest of you, please note that the early bird special is good through April 22 so sign up soon.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Nicole for the girltalkers
9:36 a.m. School Work
Your mom always told you not to wait until the last minute to do something. Well, Mom’s special day is coming up fast and in honor of Mother’s Day we are running an earlybird sale over at the 52home store. For a limited time enter the code “mom” (not so original, but easy to remember) at checkout to receive 25% off your entire order. This sale ends one week from today on April 26th. Order now and you can make your mom proud and happy!
While walking the church basement halls last Sunday with a loud little boy who wasn’t able to attend nursery due to sickness, I ran into another mom doing the same with her (not so loud) little girl. We chatted for a minute, laughing about the challenges of Sunday mornings with little ones and the many missed sermons and times of worship. Then she marveled at the day and age we live in—that the very sermon we were missing would only be a click away on our computer the next morning. I was reminded afresh of the wealth of biblical resources at our fingertips.
Over the past couple of years, as I have found it more challenging to find long stretches of time to read (for 3 little sweet obvious reasons), so I have begun to incorporate sermon listening into my daily routine. The options are endless. For starters just check out the Sovereign Grace store, Gospel Coalition, and Desiring God websites and you will find hundreds of sermons just waiting for your mp3 player.
This morning, while attacking my bedroom floor with the vacuum and mop, I listened to Kevin DeYoung’s sermon from T4G entitled “Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Feuled Effort.” It was the perfect message for the job, since my floor was greatly in need of some effort driven by the Spirit’s power. Me (and my floor) were greatly blessed and challenged by his message and I’m so grateful that technology allows me to bring T4G right into my home—and I didn’t even have to get out of my pjs!
So consider adding sermon listening to your daily routine and begin with Kevin’s message. Your floor will thank you.
4:37 p.m. Nourishment for the soul.
I won’t admit to you how many years it has been since I attended the Next conference. It makes me feel my age and I have intentionally forgotten how old I am. But I will tell you that I am still reaping the blessings of that conference in my life today. And there are people all over the country and the world that could say the same. I know them.
There is the girl who came as a non-Christian and left regenerated. She wrote me after the conference to tell me that she had joined a wonderful, gospel-preaching church.
There is the girl who was convicted of lying to her parents and went home and told them the truth.
There is the young man who was ignited with a fire for the local church and the gospel. And I know all about him because I have been happily married to him for the past eleven years.
What is most unique about this conference is that it is more about what happens the other 362 days of the year. The Next conference isn’t about three days of spiritual high but about year round, faithful, grace-enabled service in the local church. And it is this message that continues to shape and inspire my life today.
I don’t want anyone who is still young enough to attend to miss out on this conference. This year more than ever! The conference is being led by Dad and Bob Kauflin and speakers include Kevin DeYoung and Matt Chandler. The theme is You + The Church.
So today, thanks to the kind folks at Next, we have FIVE free registrations (for a single or a married couple) to give away! To win you need to do at leat one of the following:
1. Facebook - like the Next page on fb and post a link to the Next website on your fb page.
2. Twitter - tweet about the Next conference.
3. Blog - write a blog post about the Next conference.
I can’t wait to hear the life changing stories that will be written this year!
5:43 p.m. Breakfast for dinner.