Free Audiobook Download of the Month | God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew and John & Elizabeth Sherrill

imageGod’s Smuggler is our free audiobook for February 2013!

In 1955, Brother Andrew smuggled his first Bibles into restricted Eastern Europe. Since then, he and his ministry, Open Doors International, have helped deliver millions of Bibles to Christians in the most high-risk places all over the world.

As Brother Andrew approached the inspection checkpoints, he would pray that the guards would simply not see the Bibles he was carrying - and they never did. In God’s Smuggler, you will hear Brother Andrew’s amazing stories of how, again and again, God aided his mission to bring the Bible into closed countries. Simon Vance provides compelling narration for this story; christianaudio reviewers said they “couldn’t stop listening” to this audiobook.

With thanks to Open Doors International for partnering with us, we are pleased to share this amazing story of God’s provision as the February FREE audiobook of the month.
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[unabridged audiobook: 8 hours]
Author: Brother Andrew with John & Elizabeth Sherrill
Narrator: Simon Vance

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The audio is now available from the 6th Andrew Fuller Conference, “Andrew Fuller & His Friends.” Here is what the conference was all about:

It is not every Baptist theologian who has a movement named after him, but Andrew Fuller was so important a theologian that historians of the church actually talk about a perspective called “Fullerism.” Fuller’s views, though, were not the product of simply his own theological reflection, but were formulated by him in dialogue with a close circle of friends and subsequent joint action with these friends, especially in missionary endeavors. This year The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies is thrilled to devote its annual conference to thinking about Fuller’s friends: their lives and ministries and how they shaped and were shaped by Fuller, whom later generations called “the elephant of Kettering”-a reference to his weighty theological influence. Come and join us this September as we spend time and energy in thinking about a past Christian thinker and his circle of friends whose influence for good and for the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus has been enormous.

And here are the audios:

Plenary Session 1: Nathan Finn “Robert Hall, Sr.: Andrew Fuller’s Mentor” (MP3)

Plenary Session 2: Grant Gordon “John Ryland, Jr.: Andrew Fuller’s Biographer” (MP3)

Plenary Session 3: Peter Morden “Recording a Friendship: Andrew Fuller and his Memoir of Samuel Pearce” (MP3)

Parallel Sessions

Dustin Benge “When a Friend Dies:  A Funeral Sermon for Andrew Fuller by Joseph Ivimey” (MP3)
Jason Duesing “Breaking the Strong Attachment to Home and Country:  The Influence of a Friend of Fuller’s Friends on Adoniram Judson” (MP3)
Roger Duke “A Rhetorical Reading of Andrew Fuller’s Sermon, ‘The Nature and Importance of an Intimate Knowledge of Divine Truth’” (MP3)
Chris Holmes “‘Not the Exact Model of an Orator’:  J. W. Morris’s Assessment of Andrew Fuller’s Preaching Ministry” (MP3)
David Pitman “Fuller’s Forgotten Friends:  A Sketch of Andrew Fuller’s Non-ministerial Friends” (MP3)
Dave Schrock “James Haldane and the Particular Efficacy of Global Missions” (MP3)
Jeff Straub “William Button:  Fuller’s Publisher” (MP3)

Plenary Session 4: Kirk Wellum “Caleb Evans, Andrew Fuller, and theological education” (MP3)

Plenary Session 5: Peter Beck “Trans-Atlantic friendships: Andrew Fuller and the New Divinity Men” (MP3)

Plenary Session 6: Ryan West “Promoting Baptist Missions: The Print Ministry of Andrew Fuller and William Ward” (MP3)

Plenary Session 7: Sam Masters “ ‘Holding the ropes’: Andrew Fuller and William Carey” (MP3)

The Headship of Christ

The Christ the Center panel had the privilege of discoursing with the Rev. Dr. Craig Troxel about ecclesiology, especially as it is grounded in the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Rev. Troxel is pastor of Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, IL. The discussion focused on the threefold office of Christ (munus triplex Christi) as prophet, priest, and king and how that connects with the doctrine, worship, and government of the church. The group also considered the relationship of the church to the kingdom of God and the church and mission.

Links

Michael A.G. Haykin, spoke recently (May 19-20, 2012) in Dalton, PA at Grace Baptist Church‘s Spring Theology Conference. Audio is now online of the four lectures which Haykin gave at the conference.

The God who draws near: An introduction to biblical spirituality

Saturday, May 19 2012
Audio: listen or download

“Andrew Fuller: Life and Legacy—A Brief Overview” in The Works of Andrew Fuller

Saturday, May 19 2012
Audio: listen or download

The piety of Samuel Pearce

Sunday, May 20 2012
Audio: listen or download

Leaning on the Spirit

Sunday, May 20 2012
Audio: listen or download

  • Track Name

    The Great Commission to the Apostles - Lecture 7 clip

  • Album

    The Doctrine of the Church

  • Artist

    Dr. Sam Waldron

2 minute clip on the apostolicity of the church and what is how to do with The Great Commission, taken from his lecture 7 on The Doctrine of the Church.

For more on this check out his blogs on:

Should We Witness for Christ? (Part 1)

Should We Witness for Christ? (Part 2)

Should We Witness for Christ? (Part 3)

Should We Witness for Christ? (Part 4)

In the Presence of My Enemies - FREE [Kindle]

In the Presence of My Enemies, the gripping true story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham’s year as hostages in the Philippine jungle, was a New York Times best seller and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. Now releasing in eBook for the first time, this updated edition contains information on the capture and trial of the Burnhams’ captors; Gracia’s secret return trip to the Philippines; and updates on recent events in Gracia’s life, ministry, and family.

Get it free!

(Source: thegospelcoalition.org)

Andrew Fuller: The Man Who Rescued The Baptists From Hyper-Calvinism

Excellent lecture, from Fred Zaspel, about Andrew Fuller whom Spurgeon says was “the greatest theologian” of his century, while the Southern Baptist historian A. H. Newman said that “his influence on American Baptists” was “incalculable.”

Listen.

“In Jesus’ simple command to ‘make disciples,’ he has invited every one of his followers to share the life of Christ with others in a sacrificial, intentional, global effort to multiply the gospel of Christ through others. He never intended to limit this invitation to the most effective communicators, the most brilliant organizers, or the most talented leaders and artists — all the allegedly right people that you and I are prone to exalt in the church. Instead, the Spirit of God has empowered every follower of Christ to accomplish the purpose of God for the glory of God in the world. This includes the so-called wrong people: those who are least effective, least brilliant, or least talented in the church.

Building the right church, then, is dependent on using all the wrong people.”

— David Platt

Radical Together

(Colorado Springs, Co.: Multnomah Books, 2011), 57

(Source: firstimportance.org)

"The Explicit Gospel" by Matt Chandler w/ Jared C. Wilson [Audiobook Review]

Review in a sentence:

Excellent audio on a book which talks about what the Gospel has to do with individuals, the cosmos and lots of rabbit trails and an Acts 29 ministry apologetic. 

Longer review:

For a good overview of the book see here.

The audio book was read by David Cochran Heath who always does excellent readings.

I have very mixed emotions on this book. Overall it is a very good and very helpful, and I think it has a good gospel presentation for the “over-churched”, meaning it is good for those who grew up in churches where the gospel was just not explicit, at best it was assumed. We know this is an epidemic in our day (especially here in the Bible Belt, which is also Chandler’s context) so it could be helpful for many.

I haven’t heard Chandler’s preaching for more than 5 years ago, but the book was full of the same jokes, his style of humor and all of the emphasis he makes (which are mostly directed at inoculated life-time church goers who don’t have a clue what the gospel is.) Honestly, you could listen to a few of his sermons and you’d get it. It was full of languge like “dude”, “he was like”, “you trackin’ with me?”, just like his sermons. This was good in one sense because he is an excellent communicator, but it also meant it had one of his downfalls,… rabbit trails. Lots and lots of rabbit trails in this book.

Do you really need to spend so much time on being a “science agnostic”? Or your different view of the time period of Genesis 1:1-2? Age of the earth? More time spent on the life of Solomon than the life of Jesus? Didn’t seem like those long discussions needed to place in an “Explicit Gospel”? It honestly made a lot of parts confusing and some rabbit trails were so long I forgot what the chapter was about.

Theologically I thought the book was excellent, spot on, until we got to chapter seven. At that point there was so much “Missional” stuff, so much! But I can understand his emphasis on it since he believes it is an integral part to the gospel, however I found his justification for it to be lacking. Actually, a lot of the explanations of the book were lacking because he tried to hit (in my opinion) way too many topics, that he never got to go too deep into many. And most were issues that are current (which is fine, but I don’t see this book being using in 30 years. Or, if it is then alot of rabbit trails won’t make any sense.)

Back on the “missional” topic, when he is explaining the “missional mindset” he says:

"the explicit gospel transforms how we perceive the mission of the church… the great commission joins us to God’s mission to restore all things."

He then had a long explanation of “incarnational” mission, as opposed to other ways of evangelism and discipleship. The book has a lot of this explanation about two ways and how they aren’t the best but his 3rd way is just right. A lot of it! Parts like this was like reading the Acts 29 handbook.

“When the gospel takes hold it turns a Christian outward, which means it turns the church outward.”

Confusion of the mission of the church and the mission of a Christian, they are not one and the same.

“…When Jesus says, ‘I am going to build the church and the gates of Hell won’t prevail against it’, we are being told that evangelism, discipleship, justice, social aid, the engaging of God’s people with his plan to renew creation, all of that and more, done in the power of the gospel, slam into the gates of Hell.”

Wow!

Then he claims the church of Ephasis is rebuked and threatened for “losing their missional edge.”

Overall the message of the gospel was good, but the missional application was bad.  The book tries to address over-churches, but also it seems like pastors, and then people who have no idea about Christianity. Trying to hit all those targets wasn’t effective and I think would make the book confusing to a lot of people.

On a book that makes the gospel explicit I would suggest Greg Gilbert’s “What is the Gospel?” (much shorter and to the point)

For issues dealing with “Missional” and Chandler’s (and Acts 29) ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) I would suggest Kevin DeYoung’s & Greg Gilbert’s book "What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom and the Great Commission".

For issues dealing with the “over-churched” I’d suggest "Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church" by Michael Horton.

If you are already a Chandler fan or a Acts 29’r then you have already heard the content of this book.

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