A biennial conference for pastors
April 12 – 14, 2016 Louisville, KY
One of the things i love about T4G is that pastors get lots of really good books, really good books for free! In fact, when you come to T4G, you pretty much make your registration costs back in books. I loved this picture of the stack of T4G book giveaways, by Peter Privitera at "Crossway Life."
Friends, just a quick word of thanks to all of you who joined us for T4G’08. I’ll be doing some reflecting on what happened in our midst last week, in the days to come on this blog. But for now, let me simply express (on behalf of all of us who had the privilege of serving you at T4G) my appreciation for your fellowship with us in Louisville. Your fellow servant, Ligon
wLess than 48 hours. That’s not much time together every other year, but praise God for the fruit that He has given us over these last two years from the small investment of time we made in April of 2006.
Now, we’re here again. And more have joined us. (And, we’re glad to say, in a larger space!) Much will be the same, but there will be a few new things. Not least among those is a GREATLY expanded bookstore, which we’re sure pastors will appreciate.
Pray for us as we finish preparing our messages. And thank God for the hundreds of volunteers who got here at their own expense yesterday morning in order to do set up for the bookstore, prepare registration today, and do other things to enable us to meet together in a way that we hope to you will just seem natural and effortless. OK, almost effortless. I guess you did have to get to Louisville! If you can find a volunteer at Registration, the bookstore or elsewhere to thank, thank them, too!
Again, on behalf of Ligon, CJ & Al, welcome to Louisville. We look forward to once again being together for the Gospel!
We (the speakers) are all working on our messages. Pray for us. And pray for our time together next week. Many thanks! We’re looking forward to seeing all 5,000 of you there, together for the Gospel!
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
PS–TELL YOUR FRIENDS–Registration closes soon.