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We Were Together For the Gospel

April 15, 2010

“You came all the way from the United Kingdom just for this?” “Sure.” People looked stunned. 

By the end of T4G, however, I for one was convinced that it was worth coming to this particular conference: even if I had to jet in from Mars! 

It was biblical, pastoral; at times, deeply emotional. Above all, though, it was Gospel, Gospel, Gospel. This was a conference where the great truths of Christ’s person and work, Christ’s obedient life, substitutionary death, mighty resurrection, and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner, were compellingly declared and joyfully celebrated!

Honestly: we pastors were reminded that there’s something better, and even more important than being shepherds. Being saved.

My personal highlights?

  • Singing biblically robust, gospel-saturated hymns along with 7000 men who also love Christ. Heaven is the next time it will get this good.
  • John MacArthur, John Piper and CJ Mahaney. All the talks were excellent. These sermons were goldust.
  • Matt Chandler recounting to us – with cancer embedded in his skull – just how much he still trusts in a Sovereign God, whether he lives or dies (Phil 1).
  • Enjoying rich and long conversations with brothers, old and new, who know the same joys and sorrows of the ministry.

I will probably not attend Together for the Gospel again. It is a long and expensive way to come for a few days. But being here has been priceless. These are days I will never forget.

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4 comments

  1. I am so glad that you came all that way, my brother. May God continue to use this time to encourage your heart and soul as you continue to walk the road of a pastor. God bless.


  2. As we sang those songs I couldn’t help but think…wow, if this is a small, broken, slice of heaven–it’s going to be amazing!


  3. “Singing biblically robust, gospel-saturated hymns along with 7000 men who also love Christ. Heaven is the next time it will get this good”

    I hate to spoil it for you brother…..but there will be women in heaven too!


  4. Yes, Colin, it was a wonderful conference! And you didn’t mention all the free books! I was looking for you, but 7,000 people can be quite a haystack. Thanks for the great photos.



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