Encouragement from a former Marcionite

TGCImageLast month, The Gospel Coalition hosted a conference titled, They Testify About Me: Preaching Jesus and the Gospel from the Old Testament. I tweeted how much liked the topic. I was able to catch a couple of the plenary sessions live, and I particularly loved the first talk by R. Albert Mohler called Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus from John 5:31-47.

And just in case we think that this is type of teaching is novel, we should remember Jesus’ words, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” [John 5:46-47, ESV]

My wife has been instrumental in my life patiently showing me the value of the Old Testament. To my shame, I lived as a Christian for a long time ignoring it all together, except for Psalms and Proverbs. I was once a practical Marcionite. I’m thankful for God’s patience and I’m happy to say I’m convinced more and more of the importance of the Old Testament to every believer. I’d like to also thank Dr. Will Varner for being such a faithful teacher of the Scriptures, there are few times the Old Testament is mentioned in our home without thinking about what Lisa learned from in her Old Testament courses from him.

Today is was announced that all of the workshops are available for download free. I’m looking forward to hearing these talks, particularly Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman and Writing Corporate Worship Music by the Gettys. I’m also very interested in Signs of Grace in Inner-City Church Planting by Eric Mason. These as well as the plenary sessions (I enjoyed the one from Tim Keller called Getting Out) are worth the time.


About clydeblogs
I am husband to my sweetheart Lisa, and we are parents of our sweetheart Claire Renae and the curiously cute Evan. I wish I could say that I speak a little, and think a lot, but I think I speak a lot and think less than I should.

One Response to Encouragement from a former Marcionite

  1. hobbsandbean says:

    me too! i think we might share many former categories.

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