Since yesterday morning I’ve been in Chicago at The Gospel Coalition Conference. This is my first time at this particular conference and, as you may have noticed, I am not giving it the usual liveblog treatment. The sessions are going out live over the internet (where, from what I hear, tens of thousands of people are taking them in) so there seemed to be little reason to go through all the work of typing out summaries. If you want to watch them, simply head over to christianity.com. You can watch live as it happens and, as soon as they can work out the details, you’ll also be able to watch the archived sessions.
I came here with one goal–to figure out what The Gospel Coalition is and to find out if (and why) you should care. And, honestly, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure it out. It has proven a bit harder than I would have thought. Somehow the vision for this organization or conference or movement–this coalition–is just a little bit hard for me to describe. This is the reason for the silence on my blog–I’ve been learning. I’ve been going to sessions featuring D.A. Carson and Tim Keller (the men behind it) and have been talking to guys like Ben Peays who does the administration and is, as far as I know, one of only one or two employees of the Coalition. I’ve been asking almost everyone I meet while walking the halls and hanging out in the bookstore, “What is The Gospel Coalition?”.
I think I am starting to figure it out. Check in here tomorrow and I will start to tell you what it is, what it hopes to be and how you can be a part of it.