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February 26, 2013

Take a Course
Last week David Murray and I announced that we will be taking a course together and that we would love for you (yes you!) to take it with us. As we take the course, led by Dr. R.C. Sproul, we will be recording weekly podcasts to discuss what we have been learning and to answer some of the questions that students ask of us.

This first podcast, which you can listen to right here, talks about why we are doing this course and introduces a few of the students. It also reminds you that the course officially begins today, which is to say you’ve got between now and next Monday to take the first lesson (which is on Elijah).

If you would like to take this course with us, there is still time to join in. Simply click here and join the version of the course led by David and me. Have that first lesson completed by March 4 and you’ll be right there with us. And in the meantime, give the podcast a quick listen.

February 19, 2013

Take a Course With Me
For the past few weeks David Murray and I have been throwing around different ideas for the fourth season of our Connected Kingdom podcast. In the past we’ve done interviews, Q&A’s, monologues, and more. This time we thought we’d do something completely different. We’ve decided to learn something together and we want to invite you all to join us!

As we worked through various ideas, we found we were both eager to begin some kind of Bible study and preferably something not too long. We also wanted to study a less-travelled part of the Bible, something we could learn from ourselves. When we put all these things together, we settled on the Poets, Prophecy, and Wisdom Bible Survey, a 13-week course taught by Dr R.C. Sproul via video lectures. We asked Ligonier Ministries what they could do for us and they generously offered a free class to us and our listeners through Ligonier Connect.

If you sign up, you will get all course materials, a full downloadable study guide, and access to the students forum. David and I will moderate the class and record an optional weekly podcast where we reflect on the lessons, and answer some of the questions raised by our fellow students. You won’t need to be taking the class to benefit from the podcast…but we trust it will help!

This link will take you to the course page. Click on the Connected Kingdom Class tab and sign up for the course. Have a look around, introduce yourself, and bookmark next Tuesday for the first Connected Kingdom podcast when we’ll introduce the course and get us started. You will want to have the first lesson completed by March 4.

We’re so looking forward to learning from Dr. Sproul, and from one another, as we study God’s Word together. We hope many of you will join us.

Here is our tentative timetable:

  • Feb 19-28 Sign up period
  • Feb 26 Connected Kingdom Podcast to introduce and explain the class
  • Feb 26-March 4 Watch first lecture and complete questions
  • March 5 Connected Kingdom Podcast on Lecture 1 (and begin lecture 2)
  • Weekly lectures and podcasts thereafter.

Sign up for Connected Kingdom Bible Survey Class: Poets, Prophecy and Wisdom.

December 11, 2012

Robert Shelby’s boys saved his life. On July 3 Shelby, a pastor in Baton Rouge, was teaching them how to swim when he dove a little too deep and slammed his head into the bottom of the pool, breaking his C-5 vertebra. Unable to move, unable to swim, he was helpless to save himself. For a few moments he hovered between life and death until his young sons realized that something was amiss. They dragged him from the pool, performed CPR and saved his life. 

Last week David Murray and I spoke to Robert about his accident and about life in the aftermath. He is now adjusting to life with quadriplegia (and do note as you listen to the interview that one of the effects of his condition is that it keeps his voice from being as expressive as it once was) and hoping to soon return to the pulpit.

Here is a link to the Shelby Family Fund.

Shelby Family
Picture source and story

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December 04, 2012

Paul WasherThough David Murray and I took a short hiatus from our Connected Kingdom podcast while I travelled to Asia, we are back at last. This week we spent some time with Paul Washer, speaking to him about his new book, about his ministry, and (of course) about the Shocking Youth Message that has in many ways come to define him and his ministry. Here is a short index to our conversation (which lasts just about 25 minutes):

  • 1.00 Why did you write your new book, The Gospel’s Power and Message.
  • 2.30 Who is Paul Washer the person? Conversion, family, hobbies, calling to mission work, etc.
  • 7.30 What have you learned through your wife’s protracted illness?
  • 8.30 Present work is training and supporting 175 missionaries among unreached people groups.
  • 10.15 What’s the greatest need of the church in India?
  • 11.35 How has that “Shocking Youth Message” changed your life?
  • 16.00 What is Gospel reductionism and what are its fruits?
  • 20.00 Has the Gospel-centered movement helped the church?
  • 22.45 What would be your 2 minute message to pastors about building positively for the future?

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October 31, 2012

Connected Kingdom PodcastThere are some stories that just need to be told—some testimonies of the Lord’s grace that are so unusual and so encouraging that they will bless everyone who hears them. This is exactly the case with Rosaria Butterfield who recently authored The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. David Murray and I recently interviewed Butterfield for an episode of the Connected Kingdom Podcast. At the very least, make sure you listen to the first ten minutes or so where she shares the way the Lord saved her. After hearing how she came to know the Lord, we also talk about issues related to the church and homosexuality.

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October 24, 2012

TullianTullian Tchividjian is author of several books, including the much-celebrated Jesus + Nothing = Everything. His most recent book is titled Glorious Ruin and it deals with the always-tricky subject of suffering. Tullian was kind enough to be our guest on The Connected Kingdom podcast. What made the interview particularly interesting, at least to me, was that David had some significant disagreements with some of what the book contained so he and Tullian talked out some of those things. I found their interaction very helpful. But, of course, there’s a lot more to it than that. We also speak to him about his own experiences of suffering, why he chose to write about it at this time, and a whole lot more.

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October 15, 2012

In this week’s episode of the Connected Kingdom podcast, David and I discuss a difficult subject. Early infant loss is a term that applies to miscarriage, stillbirth, and the death of a newborn. We asked Glenda Mathes to join us to help us understand this issue from a practical and biblical perspective. Glenda is the author of Little One Lost: Living With Early Infant Loss and we ask her about how we can minister to (and how we should not attempt to minister to) those who have suffered this kind of loss, about the guilt that is so often a part of the grieving process, about how the church has too often failed such people, and about so much more. From a pastoral perspective, and simply from the perspective of one who has known many who have suffered such a loss, I found her wise counsel very helpful. I trust you will find the same as you listen in.

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October 09, 2012

Steve DeWittIn this week’s episode of The Connected Kingdom, David Murray and I talk to Steve DeWitt. Steve is the author of Eyes Wide Open, one of my favorite books of 2012 (here’s my review). It is a book about beauty, about learning to enjoy God in everything. We talk to Steve about:

  • Getting married (just a few weeks ago) at the age of 44 and after 20 years in ministry
  • Why God created this world to be beautiful
  • How beauty is meant to motivate worship
  • Whether beautiful art is objectively good or whether there needs to be an explicit gospel message
  • Why beauty can be so closely associated with lust

We discuss more than that, of course, but that’s the gist of it. I think giving it a listen will prove well worth your while.

If you would like to give us feedback or join in the discussion, go ahead and look up our Facebook Group or leave a comment right here. You will always be able to find the most recent episode here on the blog. If you would like to subscribe via iTunes, you can do that here or if you want to subscribe with another audio player, you can try this RSS link.