2013 Shepherds’ Conference (Day 2)

Day 2 of the Shepherds’ Conference did not disappoint at all. Dr. MacArthur started things out with a powerful exposition of Isaiah 53. He contends that Isaiah 53 is a still future confession from a redeemed Israel of the sin of rejecting their messiah. In many ways Isaiah 53 is the answer to the riddle of the Old Testament. The riddle being how God can be both just and the justifier of the ungodly.

The first keynote of the day was quickly followed by a Q&A Panel with all of the keynote speakers from the conference. As you would expect the conversation covered a lot ground, but one of the most interesting takeaways was the fact that each of the men encouraged us to write our sermons out by hand, rather than with a computer. Dr. Mohler made the point that writing things out by hand forces you to slow down and to think more clearly about what you’re saying. Having made the switch to handwritten sermons a few years ago, I can testify to the value of avoiding the computer in this stage of sermon preparation.

Lunch today was In-N-Out, which was of course delicious. Along with lunch we were given a large bag of books for our reading enjoyment. I’ll give a list of the books at the end of this post.

I attended Steve Lawson’s seminar on the life and preaching of Martin Luther, which was something of a refresher for me as I’ve spent a lot of time studying Luther’s life. Nonetheless, it was moving to hear the story again and to catch some details that I was unaware of.

One of the most precious parts of the Shepherds’ Conference experience is the volunteers who serve here every year. This afternoon I had my shoes shined by a man who works for LAX waxing and washing airplanes. He told me about his daughter who attends The Master’s College and how he and his wife came to Grace Community. As we were talking I asked him what shift he works at LAX and he told me that he worked the graveyard shift. He had only slept two hours the night before and then took the day off to come and serve us at the conference. He said that there was no place else that he would rather be than serving the men at the Shepherds’ Conference.

After dinner at Subway we came back to the church for our final session with Dr. Mohler. Mohler preached on Hebrews 12:18-29 and strengthening dropping hands and weak knees with the Word of God.

Tomorrow is the last day of the conference, so I’ll be posting tomorrow night and than heading back to Cool the following morning just in time for the Awana Grand Prix. Here’s the list of books we received today:

  • Fox’s Book of Martyrs from Christian Audio
  • Encouragement for Today’s Pastors by Joel Beeke
  • The Book of Beginnings by Henry Morris
  • God in Everyday Life by Brad Brandt and Eric Kress
  • The Man Christ Jesus by Bruce Ware
  • Christ’s Prophetic Plans by John MacArthur
  • Hard to Believe by John MacArthur
  • Christ Crucified by Stephen Charnock
  • The Everlasting God by Broughton Knox
  • One Perfect Life by John MacArthur
  • The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent by Erwin Lutzer
  • Turning to God by David Wells
  • Delighting in the Trinity by Tim Chester
  • Exemplary Life by Andy Chambers
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March 07 2013 09:58 pm | Blog

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