January 11, 2010
6) Favorite biography?
The most influential biographies in my life have for the most part been missionary biographies. Top three in no particular order would be “To The Golden Shore” (Adoniram Judson), “In the Shadow of the Almighty” (Jim Elliot), and Grubb’s “C.T. Studd: Cricketer and Pioneer.”
7) What will you be speaking on at T4?
An Unadjusted Gospel in an Unreached World: Connecting Gospel Theology with Urgent Missiology – It is impossible to have Gospel theology without urgent missiology. Yet, so few of our churches are radically abandoned to the spread of the Gospel among the lost and the poor in all nations. So what does this say about our theology? In this breakout session, we will explore why and how we must lead God’s people here for the sake of spiritually and physically starving peoples around the world.
8)Which of the main T4G speakers could you “take to the mat” so to speak? (some of you may be too humble to answer who you could physically wrestle but feel free to indulge).
OK…so I’m really not that creative or funny. So I asked for help on this one from some of my old seminary buddies. I am indebted to my good friend and fellow pastor Landon for his advice on this one…
You would think Piper since he’s shorter, but he could be elusive, plus anyone who’s heard the audible voice of God in a hotel room you want to avoid. Maybe next MacArthur since he’s older, but he’s a very athletic 70-something, plus based on his pre-trib rapture belief he could vanish from the ring at any moment. Sproul’s older too but God has predestined him for victory so watch out for that guy. C.J. is out of your league because he could do a pile driver on anyone anytime he wanted (ask Bob Kauflin). Ligon is way too nice and has way more covenant muscles to flex plus he gets all pumped up to the regulative principle music on his ipod. That leaves Mohler and Dever. Since Mohler considers himself a culture warrior he probably knows at least one wrestling move though he has more potential to blog about it than perform it. My money would be on Dever. Unless “take to the mat” has some obscure ecclesiology reference in a dusty parchment written by Sibbes then Dever has absolutely no knowledge about it. The only caution is that anytime he could tag Matt Schmucker and you’d be done!
9) Why are you excited about T4G?
I went to T4G 2006, and it was the same week when I had committed to Brook Hills that I would come to be their pastor. I listened to each of these men preach with an entirely different perspective than I had ever had before (I had not pastored before Brook Hills). I praise God for men who have proven faithful to the Gospel in pastoral ministry for so many years, and who have set an example for me/us in the process. So any chance to hear them, be around them, listen to them, and learn from them, is invaluable, to say the least. I’m really honored just to be there.
Thanks very much to David Platt for talking to us! We’re looking forward to hearing him at T4G.