This week, I went to the “Together for the Gospel”conference in Louisville, Kentucky with ten other people from church. It was mostly a pastor’s conference, but there were some college-aged people there, as well. Most of the women there were pastor’s wives, so the three college girls in our group were definitely in the minority. One great benefit of this was that even though there were 7,000 people there, I never once waited in line for the bathroom, which is very unusual.
There were some great speakers at the conference, and the theme this year was “The Unadjusted Gospel”, so everyone who spoke touched on some way that we adjust the gospel and how to help keep ourselves from doing that, since the unadjusted gospel is the most powerful message there is. We heard from John Piper, Albert Mohler, John MacArthur, Thabiti Anyabwile, R.C. Sproul, Lingon Duncan, C.J. Mahaney, and Matt Chandler. I recommend listening to the talks, which can be found here. I especially enjoyed Piper’s, Mahaney’s, and Anyabwile’s, and hearing Matt Chandler talk about what he’s gone through since thanksgiving was also very moving.
Here’s a little clip of Mahaney’s talk on the ordinary pastor:
Another great thing about this conference was that they gave us 20 free books. I now have a whole stack of new Christian theological literature to read through:
I know the titles are a little hard to see, but if y’all family members want to borrow any of them, just tell me. And if there are any that you want us to send with our next box, James, then I’d be happy to do that.
And lastly, here’s an entertaining clip of something you don’t expect to see at a conference of 7,000 pastors where the average age is around forty:
– Lisa, the younger sister