Friends,Below is the "first known internet baptism" ever. Let's not merely dismiss it as funny or quirky. Would love to know from the 9Marks bloggers their real concerns about what you are about to see.Many thanks!
You mentioned cooperation between churches. In the comments Kyle mentioned how churches so often operate with a low-grade hostility towards the other churches in their community. I think T4G is an awesome step forward in modeling for pastors how beneficial it can be to have relationships with other gospel ministers.
I wanted to mention another conference that's rolling up in the DC are on May 22. It's a one-day deal called The Whiteboard Sessions and they've brought in 8 heavyweight pastors and leaders to speak for 30 minutes each. But what makes it so compelling to me is the diversity of speakers.
On one hand you've got guys who would dress up like Ronald McDonald and preach from a Jerry Springer transcript if they thought it would attract people to the gospel. On the other hand you've got guys who feel a little guilty that preaching in English might be a violation of the regulative principle. But the great thing is that they all love Jesus, the gospel, and the church. Check out these speakers:
• Mark Dever – Senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC
• Ed Stetzer – Director of research for Lifeway Christian Resources
• Darrin Patrick – Lead pastor of the Journey in St. Louis, MO, and vice president of the Acts 29 Network
• Mark Batterson – Lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, and author of In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day
• Perry Noble – Senior pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC
• John Burke – Senior pastor of Gateway Community Church in Austin, TX, founder of ELI, and author of No Perfect People Allowed
• Tim Stevens – Executive pastor of Granger Community Church in Indiana
• Vince Antonucci – Lead pastor of Forefront Church in Virginia Beach, VA
I think this is awesome. If you're in DC or NoVa or you can be on May 22, you should check it out. The website launches on Monday (www.thewhiteboardsessions.com).