Join us tonight as we celebrate Calvin's 500th birthday...

StandingintheGap (Tim) Today is John Calvin's 500th birthday. We didn't plan it this way, but I can't think of a better way of celebrating this day than attending the ClearNote Fellowship conference which begins this very evening. So far, we've received registrations for about 125 adults and 60 children for Standing in the Gap. It's not too late for you to come!

Even if you're not registered, you can show up this evening from 6:30-7:00 PM when we'll have open registration. The first session, "Who Will Stand?" begins at 7:00 PM, followed by a concert.

We'll continue tomorrow (Saturday) morning with breakfast at 9:00 AM and our second session, "Fight or Flight," at 9:30.

If you have any questions, please call us at (812) 825-2684. (Download a conference brochure, here.)

Hope to see you here!


I've transcribed Jody's sermon from this conference, it's available here:

I had to do the transcription to get the context for this bombshell quote:

"Never before have we sung more about how much we love Jesus. Never before in history have we sung more about how much God loves us. But if we’ve laid down our weapons, if we’ve given up the fight, if we’ve carefully cultivated an ignorance, a blindness, to sin — if we’ve made concession after concession to an advancing world until there’s no distinction left — if we’ve even fallen so far as to call what is evil, good and what is good, evil — then what is the truth about us? The truth about us as the evangelical church in America is, *there is no grace for us*. What we have, and we have it out the you-know-what, is cheap grace. And cheap grace is all presumption. *There will be no heaven if we will have no war.* Remember what Jesus said: “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.”"

Love you guys.

I've completed another sermon transcript from the 2009 Standing in the Gap conference. This is Tim's sermon, titled "Contextualization: Fight or Flight?"

Teaser quote:

You ever get sneaking suspicions? Here’s my sneaking suspicion: I suspect that the reason that everybody’s into contextualization today has nothing to do with the diversity of people groups at all: nothing. As a matter of fact — alright, this is radical, it’s not in my manuscript, right? What I really think contextualization is, is I think it’s a way of not offending false Christians who are in the church. That’s what I really think contextualization is.

These conferences have a lot in common with the Marines--they aim to take back ground that's been lost to the enemy, to establish a beachhead. They need to be read and listened to...and acted upon. I hope my work is helpful. I know I have been helped by listening to and re-reading these sermons.

But here’s where the problem comes. It’s one thing for a Christian to be a soldier in name. It’s something else entirely for him to stand and fight precisely where the battle rages. We could go on and on, talking about the nature of the Christian life as a battle, we could go on and on about the high cost of discipleship, the need to be strenuous and manly in our faith, and all of it could be nothing more than a show to ease our consciences.

Here's a transcript I just finished of Pastor Baker's sermon, titled Who Will Stand?

False grace and those who peddle it are much the same as counterfeit money. Much the same. Counterfeiters and those who are willing to risk trafficking in counterfeit money do it for much the same reason that false prophets prophesy falsely. False grace is unauthorized. Those who apply it do so with no authorization from God, because they reject God’s economy.

The preaching of the true prophets was a means by which God gave grace to His people Israel, but they would rather have the counterfeit. They would rather have the ‘peace, peace’; they would not listen to the prophets; and so God says at the end of chapter 5, “But what will you do at the end of it?” What will the result be? When the day of reckoning arrives, what will one holding to such a false hope face?

The last sermon transcript from this conference is ready:

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