2015 Shepherds’ Conference (Day Four)

Today was the last day of the 2015 Shepherds’ Conference. I started the day out by picking up a couple Shepherds’ Conference hacky sacks for my boys (yes, they sell such things here) and enjoying breakfast with several of the men from my church. We were again greeted by a lone protestor as we came on campus, but he seemed to have lost much of his spark in light of the utter futility of his task Smile.

The morning session featured Sinclair Ferguson speaking on the doctrine of Inerrancy and Pneumatology. Ferguson walked through John 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 20 in order to draw out the implications of the work of the Holy Spirit in delivering the inerrant Word through the ministry of the apostles. It was a masterful treatment of the subject that you really have to listen to in order to fully appreciate. He was only able to finish his first point before closing the message, which meant that there were two points left that I would love to hear about at some future point. You can read Busenitz liveblog here.

The second morning session was with Iain Murray. Murray took us all the way back to the 1880’s and the birth of the New Apologetic , which was born out of a desire to help the gospel by focusing attention the kernel of the biblical message rather than the details of the message. The tragic consequence of the New Apologetic was the inevitable lack of confidence in the Scripture and the abandonment of the message as a whole. The two applications fro Murray’s historical survey were 1) When the lines between belief and unbelief become blurred, we must redraw them quickly and stand by them, 2) The battle for inerrancy is a deeply spiritual / supernatural battle and can only be won through supernatural dependence upon God. You can read Busenitz liveblog here.

Lunch was the usual Friday fare at the Shepherds’ Conference with hot dogs, chips and a drink. The third plenary session of the day was with Kevin DeYoung. DeYoung spoke on Matthew 5:17-20 exploring two aspects of the text 1) Christ and the Bible, 2) The Christian and the Bible. This was the first time I’ve been able to hear DeYoung preach and I really appreciated what he had to say, as well as the humor he used to keep the congregation’s attention as the day was wearing on. You can read Busenitz liveblog here.

John MacArthur brought the conference to a close this evening with an exposition of Matthew 22:23-33 and Jesus argument for life after death. But before the exposition he made several announcements 1) Crossway will be publishing a book titled “The Inerrant Word” which will contains chapters written by each of the speakers at the summit. 2) The Association of Confessing Evangelicals, who are stewards of ICBI’s legacy and founding documents, have asked The Master’s Seminary to partner with them to promote & further the work of ICBI through seminars, further statements and more. After MacArthur’s message the conference was closed in prayer and with an invitation to next year’s conference. You can read Busenitz liveblog here.

In other news The Master’s Seminary was more involved in this Shepherds’ Conference than I’ve ever seen before. I’m particularly thankful for two ways that the seminary was intentionally serving the alumni 1) Express registration was GREAT!!! 2) Offering the seminary lounge for alumni to retreat too in order to find quiet and a place to rest was a tremendous blessing to me personally. I wrote most of the blog posts in the lounge and am so thankful for the quiet it provided. You may also be interested in the fact that TMS was recently given a Torah Scroll from the 1700’s (see photo below) that they have put on display in the library. You can watch the video here for more of the history and meaning of the scroll.

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March 06 2015 09:40 pm | Shepherds' Conference

2 Responses to “2015 Shepherds’ Conference (Day Four)”

  1. Dan Kassis on 29 Apr 2015 at 6:33 am #

    Drew, I’m trying to find any information online about the breakout (or maybe lunch) session on the topic of public Scripture reading. The speaker was not a very well known person. Now that the full media page has been restored on the ShepCon website, I can’t find anything on it. Might you know what I’m talking about. Would you still have a printed schedule so I can find out who that speaker was? Thanks!

  2. Drew on 29 Apr 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Hey Dean, yeah that session was lead by Austin Duncan. He’s one of the pastors on staff at Grace Community.
    The name of the session was “The Public Reading of Scripture”.