So I just got home from my first real conference that wasn't associated with Campus Crusade for Christ. Ryan and I drove up to Minneapolis to hit up the annual Desiring God National Conference, which is part of Pastor John Piper's extensive ministry. This year's conference theme was The Power of Words and the Wonder of God. I remember the title so well thanks to Dr. Piper's humorous explanation of it this morning.
If the theme title peaks your interest at all, I am going to suggest you watch (not just listen, but watch) these three videos I am listing below from the speakers this weekend. These three were the most powerful for me personally and from those with who I have chatted the consensus seems to agree with me. I do hope you will take the time to watch to at least the first, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, who hails from Scotland so you will at least get a sweet accent to hear the entire time. If you have the time, however, watch not only to these three, but to all of them. They are all free so you might as well take advantage of them!
Dr. Sinclair Ferguson: "The Tongue, The Bridle, The Blessing"
Mark Driscoll: "How Sharp the Edge: Christ, Controversy, and Cutting Words"
Paul Tripp: “War of Words: Getting to the Heart for God’s Sake”
For a little humor you can also check out the first speaker panel, where Driscoll gives Dr. Piper a "special" gift.
I am very thankful for all the speakers and their unique contribution to this really amazing conference. God used them, the worship through music, and the conversations about the conference in amazing ways that I am just now beginning to unpack. I was able to get away to a nice coffee shop today in Stillwater, MN, which is right on the St. Croix River. During that time I was able to flesh out things regarding my calling, as I look more into that, and particularly how Dr. Ferguson's idea of "taming the tongue through the ministry of the Word in our hearts" plays a role--or lacks a role for that matter--in my life. I was convicted of my sin, and convinced of His grace this weekend. Christ was very much exalted and I hope that you will listen to these talks that He may be exalted through you as well.
By His Grace.