Report on our Big Gospel, Small Places conference

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 16th, 2017

Here’s a report I wrote for the Gospel Coalition website on our recent Gospel Coalition New England conference in Loudon, NH on November 8, called ‘A Big Gospel in Small Places.’ PCF, thank you so much for allowing me to help organize this conference. It was a thrilling day, as 50+ New Hampshire pastors and ministry leaders gathered to encourage one another, hear from God, and consider how the gospel can impact our ministries. Read the report here.

Free on-line courses from the Gospel Coalition!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 15th, 2017

The Gospel Coalition just released a bunch of free on-line courses. This looks like a tremendous resource, full of excellent, Christ-honoring material.

Why not set a goal to complete 1-2 of these courses in 2018 with a friend or two?

Check out the introductory article (with links to all the courses) here.

And here’s a link to the learning platform itself, TGC Courses.

Parents, here's some help on engaging your kids' imagination

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 14th, 2017

Parents, you’ll do well to listen to this 1/2 hour talk by author and singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson (thanks for the link, Nathan King). It’s a beautiful, funny, and moving description of the awakening of his own imagination as a kid; how fantasy fiction prepared the soil of his heart for the seed of the gospel. As the parent of young children, I find this helpful and inspiring.

To listen, click here.

A meal above all meals

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 21st, 2017

One of the things I love to do with my church family is gather around the Lord’s Supper and feast together. I’ve seen (and experienced) relationships mended around the table. We’ve confessed sin to God, and felt forgiveness from God, and wept, and rejoiced, and prayed. It’s always powerful to eat together — we’re discovering that these days in our Life Groups, as we share meals together. It’s especially powerful to accept Jesus’ invitation to his table, and share a meal in his presence. I hope this article I’ve written for Desiring God will be an encouragement and invitation for you: ‘Meal Above All Meals.’

Are Christians commanded to tithe?

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 19th, 2017

I’ll be preaching this coming Sunday on Malachi 3.6-12, a great passage on giving. Preaching on an Old Testament passage about tithing raises an important question: are Christians commanded to tithe? For one of the best articles I’ve seen on this question, check out Tom Schreiner’s Gospel Coalition article ‘7 Reasons Christians Are Not Required to Tithe.’ For a counter-point article (which I don’t find as persuasive), see William Barcley’s Gospel Coalition article ‘The Bible Commands Christians to Tithe.’