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Going deeper with an important new book

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 16th, 2020

I preached recently on what the Bible teaches about gender (you can listen to that sermon here), and in my sermon I engaged in some ‘cultural exegesis’ — seeking to understand the dynamics, values, and goals of our broader culture that lead to the radical rethinking of gender that’s underway. Drawing on Vaughan Roberts’ excellent little book Transgender, I suggested that our culture values freedom and authenticity, and that these deeply-held values help to explain our rethinking of gender. Every Christian should be seeking to understand the major shifts occurring in our culture, because it’s crucial for Christians seeking to navigate our times, and seeking to present a faithful witness for Christ, to understand who we’re speaking to.


In order to plunge deeper than I was able to in the sermon, I highly recommend a book that’s just been released, called The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, by Carl Truman, a professor at Grove City College.


This book is clearly and beautifully written, and hugely insightful, as Truman digs down into the historical developments that have led to a culture in which the following statement is considered coherent and meaningful: ‘I am a woman trapped in a man’s body.’ If you invest the time to read this book carefully, you’ll come away with a much deeper and richer understanding of what makes many people (including ourselves, because we’re children of our culture) tick.


The power of gratitude

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 9th, 2020

With Thanksgiving approaching in a couple weeks, it’s a great time to be thinking about (and expressing) gratitude. I’ve been helped by this video from my friend Gavin Ortlund, as he explains the tremendous impact that intentionally practicing gratitude has had on his own life. It’ll be a good investment of several minutes of your time to watch this video and put it into practice.

Mark Dever on politics, unity, and church

Posted by Stephen Witmer on October 22nd, 2020

Here’s a helpful talk from Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, on our politically fraught moment and the purpose of the local church.

God is active and on the move in the small places of Connecticut!

Posted by Stephen Witmer on September 26th, 2020

On Thursday, September 24, Small Town Summits hosted a Summit in Litchfield, Connecticut and had the privilege of meeting many wonderful laypeople, ministry leaders, and pastors who are pouring out their lives for God’s glory around the state. This was our first in-person Summit during the coronavirus pandemic, and we didn’t know how many people would be willing to participate in a socially-distanced Summit with facemasks. More than 40 people came, and we sang together, ate together, prayed together, and discussed throughout the course of the day the value of small-place ministry and how we can do it more effectively. It felt to us like a very significant day.

Our hearts were stirred as we prayed for the leadership team of one 300-year-old church with a faithful gospel witness and just ten members. We rejoiced with a recent church plant that is thriving during the pandemic. We considered topics such as bi-vocational ministry, church revitalization, leading with vision in small places, and women’s ministry in small-place contexts. One leader later wrote, ‘thank you for such a great summit today! The work you are all doing to encourage and equip pastors and leaders is amazing…we came back to [our town] with full and encouraged hearts! It was a much-needed day…’

We experienced the same thing we have at our other Summits – the deeply encouraging realization that, throughout New England, in towns we’ve not heard of before, God has called and positioned deeply skilled, faithful, godly men and women who are serving him with their whole hearts. We praise Him for this, we rejoice that the gospel is spreading, and we continue to pray that one day soon the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will fill Connecticut – and the whole earth – as the waters cover the sea (Habbakuk 2.14).

The Gospel Coalition New England regional conference

Posted by Stephen Witmer on September 2nd, 2020

The Gospel Coalition New England regional conference is coming soon, on October 16-17! It’ll be exclusively online this year. Lots of great plenary speakers and breakout speakers from around New England. Please register and join us! Click here for more information and to register.