March, 2008

Last T4Free and T4G REGISTRATION CLOSES SUNDAY

March 25, 2008

The winner of the last T4Free question is Brian Main of Warren, Ohio.

In his answer to the question, "Piper is going to talk about radical Christian Sacrifice. Provide a true example of radical Christian sacrifice.”

Brian wrote:

“My friend’s mom used to cry when she returned to college after visiting home. As her daughter became more intent on pursuing missions in a Muslim country, it was not easy for the mom. But she grew to see the need for such work. After 9/11 she said to her daughter, ‘You need to hurry up and get back over there. They need you.’ She sacrificed much by encouraging her daughter – now married and carrying baby #3 – to remain on the mission field. For many, sending your kids can be a bigger sacrifice than going yourself.”

Registration closes this coming SUNDAY NIGHT.

We have to have time to finalize plans for all kinds of stuff. So if you have friends who want to come, we’re in the Convention Center (it’s gigantic) but we’ll have to close registration to work on the specific preparations. Praise God for all the planning coming together. Bob and I have even agreed on all the hymns! (He’s been a joy to work with.) Pray for the speakers as they work on their talks. I don’t like mine right now. And pray for all who are planning to come, that God would bless His work and encourage His ministers.

Promo Videos

March 24, 2008

The 2006 T4G promo videos are completed and can be seen here:

www.t4g.org/promo

Winners of T4Free #7 and #8

March 21, 2008

Lots of great book title ideas from all of you on what to name a book with this year’s T4G sermons. We’ll probably continue to weigh a number of them when we come to actually deciding on a title. Thanks again for your input!

In the meantime, a free T4G registration goes to the first entry which came in, simply because (whether or not we use it) it satisfies the criteria of all good titles–it’s both creative and concise:  Sound Systems or Sound Doctrine? Subtitle: "The triumph of truth over technique."

That answer comes from Larry Knowles of Vernon, Vermont. Congratulations, Larry!

AS FOR Question NUMBER 8, it’s extremely tempting for me to select the brave brother who nominated the Baptist Hymnal as the "most read book" (aside from the Bible) among the T4G 08 attendees. But I decided to base my decision on statistics. Out of 59 answers provided, several went to John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress; several to John Stott’s Cross of Christ; a couple to C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity; and several to CJ’s books. Ten votes were placed for J. I. Packer’s Knowing God. But a whopping TWENTY went to John Piper’s Desiring God. If over one-third of the answers went to Desiring God, it’s not unreasonable to think that it may be the most read book among T4G attendees.

So the question becomes, which of the twenty nominees shall we credit with the best answer? Whether it’s the best or not, we’re going with Andy Naselli’s short and sweet proposal. Naselli, who lives in Deerfield, Illinois, writes, "This richly theological and warmly devotional best-seller has been the means for sending countless Christians on a trajectory towards theology that is increasingly joyful, robust, God-centered, Christ-exalting, and gospel-treasuring." The only thing missing from Naselli’s answer is the additional descriptive "hyphen-making"!

Thanks to everyone for their answers.  And be praying for the conference, and particularly the speakers as we (I!!!!) work on our addresses.

T4G REGISTRATION TO CLOSE

March 19, 2008

Registration will be open until March 30, 2008. However, there are only about 300 registration spots left. Registration will close when all the spots sell out, so be sure to register soon if you plan to attend.

LAST T4FREE QUESTION!

March 19, 2008

With the last question for a free T4G 08 registration, we turn to the inspirational. Are you ready? Here it is:

Piper is going to talk about radical Christian Sacrifice. Provide a true example of radical Christian sacrifice.

Contest rules:

  1. Post your answer in the "comments" section.
  2. Your answer must be accompanied with a working email address.
  3. Each question will remain open for 24 hours.
  4. The winner’s name and answer will be posted sometime afterwards.
  5. Winner receives free registration for him/herself or a friend.
  6. Responses must be in 100 words or less.

T4Free question #8 (NEXT TO LAST ONE!)

March 17, 2008

Okay, we’re down to the second to last free T4G 08 registration contest question. Here it is:

What Christian book (other than the Bible) do you think has been read by the most people attending T4G 2008, and why?

Contest rules:

  1. Post your answer in the "comments" section.
  2. Your answer must be accompanied with a working email address.
  3. Each question will remain open for 24 hours.
  4. The winner’s name and answer will be posted sometime afterwards.
  5. Winner receives free registration for him/herself or a friend.
  6. Responses must be in 100 words or less.

  PS–TELL YOUR FRIENDS–Registration closes soon.

T4Free winner #6

March 14, 2008

Is Steven Hall of Coarsegold, CA.

The question was answering the question of Al’s T4G address "Why Do They Hate It So?"–substitutionary atonement.

Steven’s answer is:

Substitution is offensive because it means:

  1. I am guilty (actual, real guilt—whether I feel it or not)
  2. I am accountable for who I am and for my actions
  3. I am unable to do it myself
  4. I am a sinner, not sick or not meeting my potential
  5. It means I am guilty of Adam’s sin—federal headship
  6. My sin was so offensive to God, it took the death of His Son to pay for it
  7. God has not regenerated them
  8. Salvation is all of grace
  9. God executes judgment for sin

We look forward to Al’s answer at the conference.  Pray for our brother as he prepares to address us.

T 4 Free question #7

March 14, 2008

Friends, okay, we’re really serious about this question because we need some help! A number of us have gone back and forth trying to come up with a good book title for the 2008 talks, once those talks are converted into a book–Lord willing–by Crossway. And we’ve not found any title that everyone likes. So what do you have for us? That’s question # 7. Take a look at the list of talk titles for the 2008 conference, and then suggest a book title for a book comprised of those talks.

Instead of giving you the usual 24 hours, you have all weekend on this one. We’ll cut it off sometime on Monday. What do you got?!

Here’s the rest of the rules:

  1. Post your answer in the "comments" section.
  2. Your answer must be accompanied with a working email address.
  3. Winner receives free registration for him/herself or a friend.
  4. Responses must be in 100 words or less.

Ligon the Baptist?

March 12, 2008

[See post below for context]

But Mark, some of my PCA colleagues would say that I already am!

Your friend,

Lig

Winner of T4Free question #5 is . . .

March 12, 2008
David Bissett of Clifton Park, New York

Dave wrote in answering the question: Of the four T4G hosts, who is most likely to change their mind on a theological issue and what issue would it be?

We got a lot of answers.  If the majority wins, Ligon, you’re becoming a Baptist sometime pretty soon!  Some answers were over the 100 word limit (and so disallowed) but thanks for sending them in. 

Here is David’s answer:
"This is really tough, since all these guys hold such solid, biblical positions.  But my guess is that C. J. — surrounded by spiritual brothers with such fine heads of hair — is likely to finally accept the validity of the OT ‘Nazarite’ vow, and decide not to let a razor touch his head!  ‘Let go, and it grow C. J. !"