Welcome to our new pastor, Mike Srisam-ang, his wife Hannah, and daughters Charlotte and Lucy!
Let worldly minds the world pursue,
It has not charms for me;
Once I admired its trifles too,
But grace has set me free.
Its pleasures now no longer please,
No more content afford;
Far from my heart be joys like these,
Now I have seen the Lord.
As by the light of opening day
The stars are all concealed;
So earthly treasures fade away,
When Jesus is revealed.
Creatures no more divide my choice;
I bid them all depart;
His name, and love, and gracious voice,
Have fixed my roving heart.
Now, Lord, I would be thine alone,
And wholly live to thee;
But may I hope that thou wilt own,
A worthless worm like me!
Yes; though of sinners I’m the worst,
I cannot doubt thy will;
For if thou hadst not loved me first,
I thee had hated still.
– John Newton
Every Shepherds’ Conference is different, and this year was more different than most. The focus on the Scriptures was consistent with past years, but the addition of some other men of God from the Reformed churches was very encouraging as a reminder that, though we may disagree over some important doctrine, we all believe that the Word of God is authoritative as it has been given to us. Read more
I went to the Shepherd’s Conference with great anticipation, looking forward to the fellowship, the undistracted worship, and the powerful preaching. I must confess, however, that I was a bit confused about the topic: why were we spending 4 days and 18 sessions talking about biblical inerrancy? I believed the Bible was inerrant – I didn’t need convincing. Surely one sermon would be enough to reaffirm this foundational truth? In the opening session, John MacArthur posed that very question, and one of his answers was that, “The Bible is under attack, and we are called to defend it.” Read more
The 2015 Shepherd’s Conference was my first one ever. As a years-long lover of John MacArthur’s clear and faithful approach to teaching God’s Word, as a man desiring seminary training at The Master’s Seminary, and as one who has witnessed firsthand the ever-increasing downgrade of commitment to full inerrancy among evangelicals, being at the conference was a blessing of a lifetime. Weeks later I am still pondering the truths that shone with such power upon my soul, and I count the conversations with stalwarts like Mike Riccardi and Michael Vlach an immense privilege and highlight. Read more
This year’s Shepherd’s Conference in Los Angeles featured a wonderful set of theologians and pastors from two different theological commitments, Reformed and Baptistic ecclesiologies. Both came together over the doctrine of the inerrancy of Holy Scripture, affirming and defending the plain fact of its own self-witness as incapable of error in any matter upon which it teaches. The sessions were easily accessible for non-theologians and are available for free online. We would all be wise to listen to them all, but if I were to pick a favorite, it would be Mark Dever’s exposition of Psalm 119. Read more