Wednesday, 19 November 2008

2008 Conference Talks

Like I did last year, below are some conferences that were on this year that I have listened to and that are free to download. You may notice that there is kind of an overlap of speakers from one conference to another. I'm happy to diversify more, so if you know of other free online conference audio from this year that you have listened to then post them in the comments.

20/20 Conference 2008: Missio Dei: This conference was about missions and calling people at SBTS to do God's work of proclaiming him. The first talk is more a focus on Jesus and his sacrifice, while the others are more about God's mission and us. The second talk is also about the famous missionary Jim Elliot
Speakers include: C. J. Mahaney, Daniel L. Akin, J. D. Greear and Gordon Fort.

Text and Context: This was a big conference about church, the bible and culture. The first talk has Driscoll foaming at the mouth yelling at preachers to preach from the bible. The rest of the conference takes more of a relaxed but dense turn. John Piper has some 20 point sermons that go for an hour and a half, Jim Gilmore, who is not a preacher but some marketing guy has some good insights into culture (and some good business ideas) and Matt Chandler talks about church and the church planter. Driscoll was meant to have another speaking time slot, but turned it into a Q&A as he thought everyone was feeling a bit preached out, he was probably right. 
Speakers include: Mark Driscoll, C. J. Mahaney, John Piper, Jim Gilmore, Matt Chandler, Jeff Vanderstelt and Darrin Patrick (his talk found here).

Dwell Conference NYC08: This conference is kinda the same theme as the 20/20 which is about missional living. Been set in New York there is more of an emphasis on church's in urban areas. In Session 7 Mark Driscoll gives an overview to Nehemiah which I found useful as we are looking at that at my church. Kellers talks are also great, but he references to some handout that we don't have access to, so it may get a little confusing. These talks are also a tad shorter than other conference talks (around the 45 minute mark). 
Speakers include: C. J. Mahaney, Ed Stetzer, Erin Mason, Mark Driscoll, Darrin Patrick and Tim Keller.

New Attitude 08: The theme for this conference was the bible. The second session was a good defence of the scriptures and both of C. J.'s talks were quite good. Piper also gave a good insight into the history of the English bible when talking about William Tyndale
Speakers include: Josh Harris, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, C. J. Mahaney, Eric Simmons and John Piper.

Together for the Gospel: This is a conference for ministers that happens every two years. Its to encourage ministers in their job and to keep to the gospel. (I still haven't listened to the last two talks). 
Speakers include: Ligon Duncan, Thabiti Anyabwile, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, R. C. Sproul, Al Mohler, John Piper and C. J. Mahaney.

Resolved 08: The conference title is taken from Johnathan Edward's Resolutions. You also hear them quote resolution 55 a few times as that fits in the theme of the conference which was heaven and hell. John MacArthur spoke on what Jesus said about hell, Randy Alcorn talked about heaven, Piper kinda said these talks and the first C. J. talk was kinda the same one on adoption from New Attitude 08. These are bigger downloads than other conferences as they are encoded at 128bits so the sound quality is a bit better. 
Speakers include: Rick Holland, Randy Alcorn, John MacArthur, C. J. Mahaney, Steve Lawson and John Piper. (Their media volt has some good free talks as well)

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God: This was a great conference looking at different way words are used. Bob Kauflin gave the best talk about singing I have heard. Dan Taylor looks at the use of stories and their power and tells a great story he wrote for his kids. 
Speakers include: Sinclair Ferguson, Bob Kauflin, Mark Driscoll, Dan Taylor, Paul Tripp and John Piper.

Don't Waste Your Life: This was a conference where it was just John Piper speaking. The title and theme is straight forward, its about not wasting your life and opportunities that come you way. Not to climb the corporate latter type opportunities, but to give God glory in all things. The last talk was addressed to a different audience and from memory is a call to be missional where you are or overseas.

Depth: This conference is on right now so I haven't listened to any of these, but it does look good. Update: audio found here.
Speakers include: Matt Chandler, Matt Carter, Darrin Patrick, Mark Driscoll, JR Vassar, Jonathan Dodson and a few more speakers for some electives.

1 comment:

  1. I posted about the Canberra Men's Convention before, and now their site has the audio up for free (its under downloads):