May 10, 2018
The Basics conference of 2018 has ended. This year’s conference took place May 7-9, at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. HERE IS A LINK TO ALL OF THE SESSIONS. I have not watched it all but I respect Alistair Begg enough to post the full conference.
The conference “aims to encourage and equip pastors to do the basics of Christian ministry well (most of the time). Given the unique responsibilities and challenges of life in ministry, we also hope that God might use the conference to refresh pastors and send them back to their home churches renewed for further Gospel work.”
As a layperson and former “minister of religion,” I found the parts of the conference that I watched helpful not only for those in pastoral ministry. After all, each Christian is given the great commission and the wisdom of these pastors may assist you in your walk with God and your efforts to assist others.
If you find something in any of the sessions that you would like to discuss, I would be happy to have that discussion as time allows.
The Q and A sessions are always interesting and this one is no exception. (It starts at just after the 15 minute mark.)
August 17, 2016
Unless you have been living a monastic existence (and maybe even then), you know that politics are in the air. This sermon was given almost five years ago. In it, Alistair Begg says this:
“…a combination of both politics and theology in order to silence Jesus Christ. In order to make sure that this story of someone dying for the sins of mankind is finally silenced once and for all.” (Just after the 6 minute mark)
I don’t think Pastor Begg is saying that all politics and theology are bad, only that they are good platforms whereby man can attempt to silence truth.
Pastor Begg’s message is partly about how Jesus answered those who continually pestered Him. Jesus asked,”Why put me to the test?”
At the end, important subjects are put in perspective.
June 29, 2016
“13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that [s]he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”
I want to thank Maria Bowen for putting this message up on a website devoted to a church we both attended years ago. Alistair Begg rightly divides God’s Word in this focus on prayer.