Saturday, April 29, 2006

Podcast of Brian McLaren Podcast of Resonate ECHO with Brian McLaren

A bunch of us were a part of this meeting at Richview Baptist Church a few weeks back and there has been a small buzz of bloggigng by those in attendance. If you would like to get a good "feel" for McLaren this is a great place to go. I am glad this is available.

Some other links related are here and here.

T4G: Re-connecting with Old Friends in the Gospel

Challies and I made it back safe from T4G last night... around 2:30AM! Never try to buy gas in Buffalo after midnight, that's all I've got to say!

What a time.

My mind is still running at full tilt and I feel like I will have quite a bit to post on the conference. We shall see. But I wanted to begin with a run-down of folks I was able to re-connect with - some after over 15 years or more.

My constant conference connection Steve Balentine found me outside the Galt House hotel. Steve always spots me... then again, I am a giant. We missed our mutual pal, Spack.

Jay Flowers was standing by The Master's Seminary booth when our eyes surprisingly met! From biology lab at The Master's College to Director of Communications at Grace to You. Great work Jay!

My fellow Canadian, temporary Gaithersburgian friend, Fred Eaton had a big hug!

Transplanted Canadian (who needs to come back home!) Jason Kovacs was looking lonesome waiting for Fred one lunch when we met up. They eventually met.

Tim Martin (no relation - boy we had to say that a lot in the past!) was there talking to George Zemek! How nice that was! Tim and I used to sit in George's Systematic Theology class together at TMS. I always appreciated Tim.

Justin Taylor joined Challies and me for lunch after the Band of Bloggers pre-conference meeting. JT is just a great guy... and he remembered Susan's lasagna. (Footnote: Actually, he only partly joined us for lunch since after we walked to the restaurant, we ditched him at the back of the line. Nice.) JT is working as one of the editors of the new ESV study Bible. Now, there's a great gig!

John Crotts was there. Johnny Crotts is at everything! His fellow pastor and an old classmate of mine Kent Keller was standing with him. Kent was the one guy I totally blanked on when I saw him again. That was strange! He looks exactly the same! I am such a schmuck!

Then again, Scott Ardavanis had no clue who I was when I grabbed his twitching frame to give a hug! Ardo... has it been so long?

Dave Theobald was looking mighty fine in his dark pinstripe suit... especially as he took us on a tour of Dr. Mohler's 31,000 volume private library. We even got to eat at some remarkable sandwich shop with Dave and the time was sweet. Dave needs to come home too! We need more men of his and his father's calibre!

More locally, I ran into Dr. Haykin, the kwellum (not to be confused with the swellum), Heinz (57 syllable last name) Dishankalinkalink, London pastor Greg McManus and my student Ryan Case.

Then there were all those new friends made...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The "NEW" New DR! Tim Challies Launches the Discerning Reader: Discerning reviews of Christian books and of books that are of interest to Christians

Discerning Reader

My friend Tim Challies made a worldwide splash today with the lauch of the !!NEW!! Discerning Reader! This is a great idea and a fantastic looking site! (About the old "New DR" read here... a sad story.)

The whole premise of the site is to act as a focal point of book reviews found on the web. Now you can link to these with just one click and get Tim's and the DR's Editorial Board's view on specific Christian literature. I wish there had been something like this when I was younger! You know, Spurgeon published a whole book on comments on commentaries (a book worth owning!) and this is the same kind of thing. (No. I am not suggesting Tim is Spurgeon!)

I hope this site is wildly successful!

The Examining Emergent Conversation

I have not been posting here the last few days as there are several interesting comment strings on the EXAMININGEMERGENT blog that have taken up my limited blogging attention.

I will be off with the challeez to Together for the Gospel tomorrow. Please pray the Lord grants us safe travel and a profitable time. I am so looking forward to "getting preached at." If Tim lets me look at his laptop I might do a little live-blogging of the conference myself. He will be zipping off blow-by-blow descriptions, so I might look more to some general comments on the ethos and spirit of the event. One thing I am really looking forward to is connecting with old brothers in ministry and making new friends in the Lord.