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Recap: Ligonier Ministries’ 2011 National Conference

Well, I can say without a doubt that Ligonier Minstries’ 2011 National Conference was an unqualified success. And for those interested, the following is a brief recap.

the Focus
For this year’s conference, the focus was “Light and Heat: A Passion for the Holiness of God”. Here’s an excellent summary provided by Ligonier’s website:

Essential doctrines of the Christian faith are under attack, even from within the church, and it is important that we be well grounded in biblical truths so that we may have a deep affection for our holy, triune God. Celebrating the faithfulness of God to the work of Ligonier Ministries and Desiring God, Ligonier Ministries’ 2011 National Conference looked at the holiness of God and the way it is to inform Christian living.

Great stuff, to be sure.

the Speakers
…were absolutely, positively, hands-down fantastic. R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul, Jr., Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, John Piper – all were clearly passionate about the holiness of God, and showed an earnest desire to instill this passion in their hearers, as well. And as a side note: have any of you ever seen John Piper teach? Up until attending the conference, I’d only listened to him via audio recording. I could tell he was an animated speaker even then, but watching him… boy, was that something. I’ve seldom seen a man evince such an explosive zeal for the glory and majesty of God. I envy him. And I don’t think there’s anything sinful in doing so.

the Lectures
All of the lectures were superb, but my favorites were “War on the Word” (feat. Steven Lawson), “Defending the Faith” (feat. R.C. Sproul), “Almighty Over All” (feat. R.C. Sproul, Jr.), and “Don’t Waste Your Life” (feat. John Piper). I also greatly enjoyed hearing Sproul and Piper reflect on the work of God in their respective ministries.

the Plunder
We left the conference with brains and notebooks packed full, but our luggage had its bulges, too. I mean, how could anyone expect us to visit something like this and return without books? We arrived home laden with Challies’ The Next Story, an extra copy of Sproul’s The Holiness of God, Carl Trueman’s The Wages of Spin, two complimentary copies of Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life, and Lawson’s Foundations of Grace (along with its companion Pillars of Grace).

I’d like to thank you all for your prayers. My Dad and I were undeniably blessed and edified, our flights to and from Orlando were safe (if not always speedy), and my note taking went pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Finally, I urge you to buy the conference CDs and listen to them for yourself. You won’t regret it – they’re worth every penny. Trust me.