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Men and Women of Wisdom

With Ray and Jani Ortlund, Jared Wilson and more

A conference about the beautiful wisdom of God showing up in our everyday lives.
South Shore Baptist Church, Hingham, MA
May 3-4, 2013

Register here…only $30!

We need biblical wisdom.
We want the gospel to be beautiful in our lives–in our homes, at our jobs, in our neighborhoods, towns and cities. At our universities, in our churches, in our friendships.

We want to love our friends and family well. We want to work well. We want to do life well.

How do we get there?

Biblical wisdom is more than what you find in a fortune cookie.  It is more than an optional add-on for people who want to upgrade their lives from, say, four to seven on a scale of one to ten.  This wisdom is life and death: ‘The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death’ (Proverbs 13:14).

What if we have many advantages but not wisdom?  If we have love but not wisdom, we will harm people with the best of intentions.  If we have courage but not wisdom, we will blunder boldly.  If we have truth but not wisdom, we will make the gospel ugly to our city.  If we have technology but not wisdom, we will use the best communications ever invented in history to broadcast stupidity.

Wisdom is the grace of Christ beautifying our daily lives.  Paul said that God has lavished his grace upon us in all wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:7-8).  God’s grace is smart grace.  The Bible says that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).  The wise way to live is not always obvious or intuitive.  It’s hidden.  Here’s where it’s hidden: ‘We preach Christ crucified, . . .the wisdom of God’ (1 Corinthians 1:23-24).”

–Ray Ortlund

Join us as Ray OrtlundJani OrtlundJared WilsonJeramie RinneMatt Kruse and Curtis Cook lead us through Scripture in search of the kind of gospel wisdom that is found in Jesus Christ.

Visit the conference website for more info and to register.


I’m having serious regrets for missing out on TGC13 (The Gospel Coalition National Conference). As much as I can’t wait for all of the audio and video, there’s nothing like face-to-face gospel fellowship among thousands of like-minded bothers and sisters!

In the meantime, I’m finding solace in the Songs from the Book of Luke, a collection of songs written by the church, for the church. This is one more evidence of the gospel-centered movement being more than just a fad, but actually revival–when God’s people sing “a new song” soaked and saturated in the Word of Truth! Check out the website for samples and chord sheets. Checkout their Bandcamp page and stream the whole album for free.

Here’s a little more info about the project. Enjoy!

For as long as God’s people have gathered, they have written poems and songs about the glory of God and the wonder of redemption. As the church, we sing to celebrate. We sing to remember. We sing to give voice to hope, even in the midst of life’s greatest trials.

Songs for the Book of Luke is an album by the church, for the church. The songwriters and musicians on this album all serve in congregations across the country, from New York to St. Louis to Seattle, to Dallas and many places in between. These songs have roots in the Scriptures (all of these songs are inspired by the Book of Luke) and seek, above all else, to glorify God and serve his people.

It’s been amazing to work on this project and see how much creativity is thriving in local congregations. More than 200 songs were submitted for consideration. We hope that this album might encourage churches to empower and release artists serving in their congregations to “sing a new song.” Most of all, we hope that as you listen, as you sing, and as churches consider singing these songs, you’ll be refreshed and reminded once again of the richness of the Book of Luke and the glory of our Savior.

We are just about one week away from our Calling Youth Conference and are getting even more excited as we get closer to April 13! As noted in our previous post,  the cost of the conference is now $10 per person and $8 per person for groups of ten or more. It is not often that you find a conference actually decrease in price as the event draws nearer!

UPDATE: 4:45pm– Surprise resources!

Gospel centered discipleshipWe just received word TODAY that Crossway has made available to us Jonathan Dodson’s book Gospel-Centered Discipleship
for everyone who attends the Calling conference. If you are familiar with his book, Fight Clubs, you’ll be pleased to know that this is his expanded update of that great resource.

From Amazon:

Everyone’s idea of discipleship is different. Some people emphasize evangelism—sharing their faith. Still others promote a hierarchical system for spiritual growth, a way for older Christians to pass on best practices to younger believers. Yet, both ideas are incomplete. Real discipleship is so much more.

Avoiding extremes and evaluating motives, Jonathan Dodson insists on a way of following Jesus that re-centers discipleship on the gospel.

This book helps us understand and experience the fullness of discipleship as God intended. It combines the mess and the weight, the imperfection and transformation, the honesty and wonder of being a disciple who revolves around Jesus. Here is a practical guide to discipleship that is Spirit-filled, Christ-centered, field-tested, and easily implemented.

Register below and come to the Calling to take advantage of this surprise deal!

free book

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to this and the other free books that we are giving away to those who attend next Saturday, we wanted to make one last resource available to the next 15 people to register for the Calling. That resource is, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is) by Joshua Harris. This is an excellent read and will be very relevant to some of the things that will be discussed during the conference, especially for those attending Nathan Rockafellow’s session on Restored Sexuality.

From the back cover:

Neither sex nor sexuality is our enemy. We need to rescue our sexuality from lust so we can experience it as God intended.

Joshua Harris shows you how lust deceives you. Specific and honest without being graphic, this book–for men and women–will guide you in creating a custom plan for fighting lust and celebrating purity.

So register now!

Here is the form for online registrations. We hope you will join us next week (and even if you don’t register ahead of time, we’ll have room for you!)

Who is Darren Livie?

jakobguy —  April 2, 2013 — 1 Comment

As we continue to get ready for The Calling, here is the final introduction to one of our speakers from this year’s event! If you haven’t registered yet, do so by clicking here!


Darren Livie

Darren Livie is the Associate Pastor at Winslow Baptist Church in Winslow, Maine, which is located 6 minutes from Starbucks.  He has been faithful to both for over 3 years. 

Darren has been in full-time ministry for over 16 years. He is passionate about serving the Church & loving those outside of the church doors.  He finds joy in preaching, teaching, and telling others about the love of God.  A few constants for him are directing the youth and children’s educational ministries, overseeing the evangelism and outreach ministries, training up leaders within the local church, and reading books by dead people that most have never heard of . . . while drinking something from Starbucks. 

When outside of church, he loves spending time with his beautiful wife, Hannah. They have been married for 7 years.  They are currently in the adoption process. In his free time he enjoys, reading, listening to jazz and folk music, watching the New England Patriots, researching, and spending time with his “righteous fox”, Hannah.

Broken Families: The Church As Restored Family

The communities in which we live and serve are landscapes littered with broken families.  They may not always be in our view, but we know they are there.  It may be a neighbor, relative, or even yourself who has experienced this firsthand.  Whatever the situation, little discourages more than a broken home.  How do we reach teens who carry this heartache? How do we engage teenagers who have experienced a broken, or blended, family?  How do we give hope to a teen who is hurting?

In this breakout session we will discuss how the Gospel is hope for the broken home.  God is a father to the fatherless and sets free the lonely in families.  We are called to be that family. The Church is home for the broken.  The Church is restored family.

A Special Calling Announcement!

As a side note, not only will everyone who attends the Calling be receiving some great books and resources, we have also been able to reduce the price down to $10 per person and $8 per person for groups of ten or more. So register now to get in on this great deal!

Who is Mark Gedicks?

jakobguy —  March 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

As we continue to get ready for The Calling, here is one more introduction to one of our speakers from this year’s event! If you haven’t registered yet, do so by clicking here!

mark gedicksMark is an adopted son of God, blessed to be married to Tracy, and father to Kaitlyn and Mark Jr.

Today, he is the preaching elder at Windham Baptist Church, being part of that faith family since 1996. Together they are on a quest to live as disciples of Jesus – moving from unbelief to belief about what is true of God in every area of life. As you can imagine, this has brought about constant change – and he couldn’t be happier.

Mark serves on the core team of the Gospel Alliance of New England and on the faculty of New England Bible College, focusing on Youth Ministry. For fun he likes to play lacrosse and work with wood, as well as anything that let’s him connect with his family.

We asked Mark to talk about his breakout session: Adopting New Methods without Changing the Mission:

My first youth ministry was fifteen kids – on a good day. My friend, Don, the next town over had nearly 100. I’m pretty sure his ministry budget was more than my salary. Their church was exploding with growth. Ours seemed to sound a slight fizzle.

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. We hear someone describe their ministry, and we wish we were there (though we put that in far more spiritual terms). Or maybe you’ve had someone describe the youth ministry down the road, all the while making it clear you won’t win their approval unless you do it that way.

As you would expect, there were more than two churches in the Hartford, CT area. We connected with a dozen other churches from that region, and each one was different. Different sizes, different resources, different cultures – but each of them were passionate about Jesus. That made our region better. It advanced the kingdom. Our differences allowed us to diversify. But I had to remember that, because it was far too normal for me to wish I was like others or that the others would do it just like me.

Will Gospel Centrality cause us to become clones? That’s the focus of the breakout I get to lead at The Calling on April 13.  During our time we will discuss the various shapes a Jesus-focused ministry might take, how we might discern what ours ought to look like, along with the vital question of gospel culture.

Questions we plan to cover:
- Will gospel unity lead to creepy uniformity?
- When does culture become the enemy of gospel centrality?
- What God-given factors shape our ministries?
- How do I work/walk along with ministries that do not look like ours?
- How can there be such tension between those who cling to the same core doctrines (even in one church)?

For the past few weeks we have hinted at some books that will be free to all attendees of the Calling. Now, we can finally reveal what is available for you if you attend this Youth Training Conference on April 13. Don’t forget, there are still copies of Get Outta My face available to the next few registrants!

For everyone

Mike has been hard at work getting great deals for us, here’s what is in store!

  1. Every attendee will receive a 35% off coupon for use at The Good Book Company.
  2. The Good Book Company has also made a devotional available to each attendee (More info to come on which devotional it is. These have been great resources in the past, so we’re looking forward to this one!).
  3. Lastly, there are 50 copies each of The Cross Centered Life by CJ Mahaney and Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris available to us. We will be giving these out on a first come, first serve basis. This means that on the day of the conference you should arrive early in order to claim the book that you want the most! (Registration and Check in begin at 9 AM. See full schedule here.)
  4. Update- 4.5.13: We just found out that every attendee will also receive a free copy of Jonathan Dodson’s book Gospel-Centered Discipleship.

For the early birds

In addition to getting the above choice, the first 30 parents or youth leaders to check in that day will receive their choice of Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley or Get Offa My Case! by Rick Horne. We have 15 each of these, so come early to get your first choice!

For a few

Lastly, The Good Book Co. has also given us a few updated copies of the Soul Curriculum (written by our key-note speaker, Nathan Morgan Locke). We’re not sure how we’ll decide the winner of these yet, but they will be given out at the conference!

Update, April 2, 2013: Just so everyone is aware, in addition to all these resources being available, we have been able to drop the price to $10 per person and $8 per person for groups of ten or more. This means that you are essentially getting over $25 worth of materials for $10. It will be more than worth it!

Who is Mike Shorey?

jakobguy —  March 28, 2013 — 1 Comment

As we continue to get ready for The Calling, here is another introduction to one of our speakers from this year’s event! If you haven’t registered yet, do so by clicking here!

Picture1Mike Shorey: In his own words…

I grew up in New Hampshire and attended a church that was started in my parents’ basement.  I know what it is like to grow up in the church, walking through the motions, yet having a major disconnect of the heart. Fortunately, God placed many godly influences in my life and opened my eyes to see my desperate need for Him.  I began feeling a nudge from God to pursue youth ministry near the end of high school, so I spent the next few years following that calling. I worked a couple of years as a counselor at Camp Berea (Maine) and attended New England Bible College.  In 2008, I graduated from New England Bible College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministries.  In the summer of that year, I married my wife, Megan, and began as the Youth Director of First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, ME.  We currently live in Brunswick with our son, where I continue to serve at FBC of Yarmouth.

In Ministry, my passion is to see and help youth come to understand the glory and greatness of God. I also desire to see teens understand and love God’s Word in a way that lead to a passionate love for their Savior, Jesus.

Mike will be leading the session: The idolatry of Culture. He explains:

In our session together we will be talking about the Idolatry of our culture and media. Idolatry is all around us. There are subtle lies in most of the television we watch, the music we listen to, the schools we attend and in the conversations we have with friends. The sad thing is that we become ensnared by lies. When an idol grabs our heart, we become enslaved to it. We will look at common lies we believe and the freeing truths that the gospel brings.

Part of the heart of the Gospel Alliance NE is providing churches and ministries with resources that will help them along the way towards Gospel-renewal. It is for that reason that we are busy at work preparing for the Calling Youth Conference which is just under one month away! As we prepare for this day, we want to make sure that you are as equipped as you can be with some of the greatest resources we can provide.

We are already working on getting one or two free books for everyone who attends the conference on April 13, but thought it might be good to throw another free book in there… just for fun.

That is why, the next fifteen people to register for the Calling (see form below) will receive a free copy of Rick Horne’s incredibly helpful book, Get Outta My Face!: How to Reach Angry, Unmotivated Teens with Biblical Counsel

get_outtaHere’s the (back cover) synopsis:

Here’s a fact.

Angry, unmotivated, and disinterested teens, whether Christian or not, are confused, insecure, and often blind to everything except what they want right now. Their desires and actions have been corrupted and polluted by sin. That’s why they have a problem.

Here’s another fact.

Angry, unmotivated, and disinterested teens, whether Christian or not, are made in the image of God. This means that beneath their corrupted desires and actions the image of God remains. That’s the key to solving their problem.

Far from dismissing or sugar-coating sin, this approach opens wide the door to evangelizing the unsaved teen and to helping the Christian teen grow in holiness and wisdom. This book will teach you how to build a bridge to young adults on the basis of the ways in which their desires and actions reflect the image of God and the blessing of common grace.

So register now and not only will you receive the books everyone else will get, but you’ll also receive Get Outta My Face, and you’ll be blessed by the great teaching that Nathan Morgan Locke and our other speakers will be bringing!


Who is Nathan Rockafellow?

jakobguy —  March 14, 2013 — 1 Comment

As we continue to get ready for The Calling, here is another introduction to one of our speakers from this year’s event! If you haven’t registered yet, do so by clicking here!

Nathan RockafellowNathan Rockafellow: In his own words…

“I’ve done a lot of far-out things, and I’ve got a lot of stories to tell, but my life isn’t about all that; it’s about knowing God and growing in Him! The rest of my story is still being written, but here’s a snapshot of my life: graduate of Marshwood High School and Lancaster Bible College, cross-country traveler, backyard mechanic, Jeeper, motorcycle bum, Iron Butt Association member, outdoorsman, Rocky fan, Trekkie, dog lover, husband and father of two! I have dedicated my life to serving the Lord and have been a Youth Pastor since 1997, most of that time being spent at Eliot Baptist Church in Eliot, Maine.  My greatest joy is time spent with my wife Suzanne and children Abi and Ethan.”


We also asked Nathan to give us a brief snapshot of his breakout session: Restoring the Sexually Broken – What Christ has to say to the longing heart.

Dear wandering heart, I love you. I’ve got time for you. I understand your thirst. Let me show you a better way to satisfy! - Jesus

John 4: the Samaritan at the well had issues. Without a doubt, broken relationships had left their mark on this woman’s body and soul. Can you relate? Teens today can.

Day after day, thirst drives us to the well; Jesus waits for us there! ”If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give you living water.” John 4:10.

Jesus the Messiah has much to say to the thirsty heart. His love restores the sexually broken. It meets the longing heart. Christ focuses on the center of our need – intimacy. Intimacy with God, with ourselves, then with those around us.

Yesterday we started looking at the speakers for this year’s Calling event in South Portland, ME. Here’s the rest of Nathan Morgan Locke’s interview. View Part One

Nathan Morgan LockeThe Gospel Alliance asked: What is your biggest desire for the teens of our world?

Nate Morgan Locke: That they “Behold the Lamb!” It’s the only way anyone can become a Christian and the only way Christians can grow in their faith. I love Charles Wesley’s lyric “tis all our business here below to cry ‘Behold the Lamb!’” I think that just about sums it up.

GA: How does the message of Jesus bring healing to our teens, families, and churches?

NML: I think the key here is to understand both Romans 5:8 and Romans 6:8. The first tells us “Christ died for us” and so we can find forgiveness. The second tells us “we died with Christ” and so we can know unity with him. It has a profound impact on our discipleship if we fail to grasp both of these. If we miss the first we carry our sin around with us, never sure if there’s more judgment to come. If we miss the second we only have a gospel which works after we’ve messed up and therefore we lurch from one act of repentance to the next, living as functional works righteousness people. Either way our lives are pretty miserable! When we understand both that Christ died “for us” and that we died “with Christ” then we can start to enjoy the new humanity birthed in his resurrection!

Be sure to join us at the Calling as Nate and others talk with us about the Gospel of Restoration. Nate will be leading our main session: Restoring the Image of God, as well as speaking in three breakout sessions throughout the day. To register for the Calling, click here.