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In Our Place | The Atonement | Matthew Barrett | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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In Our Place | The Atonement |
Matthew Barrett | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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The Cost | How to Call People to Follow Christ | Steve Lawson | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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The Cost | How to Call People to Follow Christ
Steve Lawson
2017 Shepherds' Conference

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The Way, the Truth, and the Life | General Session 9 | Miguel Nuñez | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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The Way, the Truth, and the Life
General Session 9 by Miguel Nuñez
2017 Shepherds' Conference



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The Head of the Church | General Session 8 | Mark Dever | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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General Session by Mark Dever
The Head of the Church
2017 Shepherds' Conference


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General Session 7 | Stephen Nichols | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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General Session 7 by Stephen Nichols
The Word Became Flesh: The Incarnation
2017 Shepherds' Conference


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Seeing Christ in All of Scripture? | Abner Chou | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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Seeing Christ in All of Scripture? by Abner Chou
Reading the OT the Way Jesus Did
2017 Shepherds' Conference

Are we really supposed to reinterpret Old Testament Scriptures to make Jesus fit into them?

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The Healing of the Deaf and Mute | Mark 7:31–37

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
Jesus remains in Gentile territory as He heads back southward.  This would have been an odd route, apparently avoiding Galilee.  He arrives in the region of Decapolis, the ten cities, where He healed the man with the legion of…

Prime Characteristics of a Faithful Teacher of God's Word | David Farnell | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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Prime Characteristics of a Faithful Teacher of God's Word by David Farnell
2017 Shepherds' Conference

The goal of faithful pastors should be to disciple sheep to look like Christ.  There are teachers in churches that look for followings, but the heart of the shepherd should be to point people to Christ.

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How should a church deal with differences?

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In this Q&A Ligonier panel, John MacArthur stands out as a dispensationalist among covenant theologians.  If you don't know what those terms mean, simply put, they represent different views on the end times.  Yet, these are not the root issues at hand.

How can these men sit together on a panel, then, and what can we learn from them in our own church contexts?


When our church was going through First John, we looked at John's commitment to hard-edged, black-and-white issues of truth walking in harmony with his call to love.  One illustration we used was that, while truth gives us the right notes to play, love fine-tunes our hearts.

Churches must be concerned about doctrine, and discussions can get heated among those who all share a love for the truth of God.  That, by the way, should not be seen as wrong somehow.   Doctrine does divide (as Sproul says), and the church that doesn't care about doctrine is a dead church.

Still, we all must guard against any hint of pride wi…

REVISITING: As It Is Written | Brad Klassen

I received a question regarding Brad Klassen’s talk at the 2017 Shepherds’ Conference (which I posted here).  There was some confusion as to what he was arguing, and this topic is definitely worth taking another look, so I typed up a quick summary as I listened.  I hope it helps.
First, Klassen’s bio (here) reads as such:
Brad Klassen serves as instructor of biblical exposition at The Master’s Seminary. Prior to joining the seminary faculty in 2013, Brad served with Grace Ministries International in Russia for twelve years. Brad holds degrees from Providence University College (B.Th.) and The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.), where he is currently pursuing his Th.D.
His topic was Christological in one way but bibliological in another.  That is, it was to look at the Person of Christ in relation to the New Testament Scripture.  The key question here is whether Jesus knew that His disciples would write Holy Scripture; Klassen argues that Christ both knew and authorized the New Testame…

Absolutely Necessary? | Keith Essex | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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Absolutely Necessary? by Keith Essex
The Doctrinal Importance of the Virgin Birth
2017 Shepherds' Conference

Evangelicals today question the historicity of the virgin birth.  Is it important for Christians to believe that Jesus was born miraculously into this world?  And what Roman Catholic views develop concerning Mary?

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As It Is Written | Brad Klassen | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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As It Is Written by Brad Klassen
The Authority of Christ and the Canon of Scripture
2017 Shepherds' Conference

We learn about Jesus's teaching through the writing of the apostles.  However, did Jesus Christ expect that there would be such a thing as the New Testament?  Did He authorize it?

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We Gentiles Only Need Crumbs! | Mark 7:27–30

27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
We saw last time that Jesus headed northward, perhaps to teach His disciples in private when they met this mother.  Because of her encounter with Jesus, her daughter is free from Satan to experience normal life.  Her faith-filled plea is a teaching opportunity, so let’s see what these verses reveal about it.
She comes to Jesus with faithful persistence.  Matthew fills in some intervening information; Jesus at first remains silent to her request, and His disciples ask Him to send her away (Mt. 15:23).  He then speaks—to the disciples rather than the woman (v. 24)—saying, “I was sent only to …

A Gentile Mother’s Plea | Mark 7:24–26

And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
Jesus heads northward, perhaps to retreat with the disciples to teach them, seeking to avoid public ministry when they meet this mother.  Tyre was a port city in Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon), then called Syria.  Since there were also Phoenicians in North Africa, this woman is called a Syrophoenician, a Phoenician from Hellenized (Greek-speaking) Syria.  She’s not Jewish, so her faith-filled plea is a teaching opportunity for the disciples.
First, she comes to Jesus with scriptural understanding.How much she knows isn’t stated, but what she does is startling.  In Matthew 15:22, she calls Him the “So…

What's in a Name? | Paul Twiss | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

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What's in a Name? by Paul Twiss
Understanding Jesus as Son of God and Son of Man
2017 Shepherds' Conference

What do the themes of Scripture point to?

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Introduction to Colossians | Brian Hubbard

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Introduction to Colossians | Colossians 1:1-8
Brian Hubbard | Cornerstone Church of Savannah

In this opening sermon on the Book of Colossians, Brian Hubbard introduces the letter and explains the first eight verses.  Philosophies, legalism, mysticism, worship of angels, asceticism all threatened to cheat the Colossians, so Paul writes to refute these errors and turn them back to the preeminent, sufficient Christ.  Jude gives us the character of false teaching, and Paul in Colossians gives us its description.

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The Final Word: What Hebrews Teaches Us About Preaching Christ | Austin Duncan | -2017 Shepherds' Conference

The Final Word: What Hebrews Teaches Us About Preaching Christ | Austin Duncan
2017 Shepherds' Conference

This is one of the best sermons on the topic of preaching that I've heard.  Duncan breaks down the presentation of Hebrews and demonstrates the biblical nature and importance of expositional preaching.

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Counted Worthy | Paul Washer | 2017 Shepherds' Conference

Counted Worthy by Paul Washer
Suffering for Christ in a World That Hates Him
2017 Shepherds' Conference

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We often have an elevated view of persecution in the United States, acting as though a mean look equates to those thirty-nine lashes.  Even so, we do live in a world that hates the truth of God, and its animosity grows.  What should our message and assurance be?

Who is God? A Debate on the Trinity | Dr. James White v Joe Ventilacion of Iglesia Ni Cristo

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I've finally finished watching the recent debate between Dr. James White and Joe Ventilacion of Iglesia Ni Cristo.  If you haven't seen the debate, South Dakota Apologetics has the entire debate (including intermissions) in the video below:


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Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries debates Bro. Joe Ventilacion of Iglesia ni Cristo, moderated by Dale Bartcher of Family Heritage Alliance. Dr. White defends the affirmative: “The Bible teaches that within the one Being that is God there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Bro. Joe Ventilacion argues the negative. This event is held in Rapid City, SD, in the Best Western Ramkota Convention Center at 6PM MST, on April 21st, 2017. This event was arranged and coordinated by the ministry of South Dakota Apologetics. Some of my own, brief observations:

Different name, same story.  I, like many of you, haven't encountered any INC before, so this de…