Upcoming Gospel Coalition and Band of Bloggers

16 04 2009

Next week from Tuesday to Thursday, a group from my school will be heading down to Chicago for The Gospel Coalition conference.  This conference is going to have some great speakers like John Piper, DA Carson, Mark Driscoll, Tim Keller, and Ligon Duncan.  Along with the main speakers, there will be a number of workshops available.  I’m excited to go and be refreshed and encouraged by these and other attending brothers.

A joint venture of this conference is the Band of Bloggers which is a fellowship of bloggers that meets for a lunch seminar on blogging for Christ.  We’ll here from a panel of top Christian bloggers as they share and relate their methods and philosophies of blogging with a Christian perspective. Speaking of blogging, assuming there is internet in the convention center, I’ll be live blogging this event.

At both conferences, we’ll be receiving a number of books.  I’ve listed them below, and there will be a number of drawings for other books.

  • Finally Alive by John Piper
  • Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different by Tullian Tchividjian
  • Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them by Ed Stetzer, Richie Stanley, and Jason Hayes
  • The Soul of Life: The Piety of John Calvin edited by Joel Beeke
  • Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl
  • The Advent of Evangelicalism: Exploring Historical Continuities by Michael Haykin & Kenneth Stewart
  • Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption in Christian Families and Churches by Russell Moore
  • The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith by Christopher J.H. Wright
  • ApParent Privilege by Steve Wright and Chris Graves
  • Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views edited by J. Matthew Pinson
  • Journal of Ministry and Theology
  • ESV Study Bible
  • The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington
  • Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches by Russell D. Moore and C.J. Mahaney,
  • Jesus: Dead or Alive by John Blanchard and Faith Cook
  • Christianity Explored-How to Run the Course
  • Getting the Gospel Right by Cornelis P. Venema,
  • One Minute After You Die by Erwin W. Lutzer,
  • Marks of a Disciple by Lorne C. Sanny
  • Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
  • A Proverbs Driven Life: Timeless Wisdom for Your Words, Work, Wealth, and Relationships by Anthony Selvaggio
  • The Gospel Story

What is a Blog to You?

28 05 2008

1) Why did you start blogging, and is that the same reason for blogging now?
2) Have you changed what you blog about since you first started? If yes, why?
3) What is your purpose for blogging?

I started blogging 3yr ago out of laziness. Before Facebook, email was the way to communicate with people, and I was regularly writing a lot of people. There was so much going on in my life that I got tired of writing out the same thing in multiple emails, so I decided to start a blog where I could refer my friends to so I didn’t have to write as often.

My blogging was pretty inconsistent up until this past December when for some reason I had a desire to start writing a lot on it, but it was more about current news than personal or Christian related content.

Finally, in the middle of this last semester, I found out about the Band of Bloggers miniconference, and I wanted to go. I realized, though, that I didn’t have much Gospel-related stuff on my blog, so I started changing what I wrote. Obviously, my motives weren’t write, but honestly that’s how I got started writing in the niche I’m in now.

When I got to the BoB conference, the Lord changed my heart and I saw the great need for Gospel-driven blogging; and from that time on I was hooked. Now, instead of saving time by blogging, I actually spend a lot more time doing it.

My purpose for blogging is two-fold. Primarily, I want to focus people’s attention on the cross. Second, I want to share what I’m learning in my life and what I’ve found interesting in the blogsphere and around the world.

Now let’s hear your story.