Tuesday, August 20, 2013

See The Man Who Ate New Orleans

I've posted before about Ray Cannata, who is not only the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, but is also known as The Man Who Ate New Orleans. He is so called because of his successful quest to eat at every (non-chain) restaurant in New Orleans. That quest was part of a larger story though, a story told in Michael Dunaway's documentary film of the same name.

It's not just a story about food though. It's a story of one man's love for the city to which God had called him. Ray likes to say, "New Orleans is the best picture of Heaven that I know on earth.  It's also the best picture of Hell I know."  This balance, he says, provides both something to look forward to, as well as something to be a part of fixing. Ray and Redeemer have been a big part of that effort ever since Hurricane Katrina.

I've been excited to see the finished film ever since I met Ray a few years ago. Just yesterday I saw the following note on the film's Facebook page:

We're very very proud to announce that TMWANO will be premiering next Tuesday, August 28, for $2.99 streaming rental at Seed&Spark! Seed&Spark was started by some dear friends of ours (superstar founder Emily Best was chosen by Indiewire as one of 20 people changing the face of indie film), and it's a great, great concept. Check it out, for sure. We'll also be available for digital download and on DVD that same day (details to follow). And we're planning a big red carpet theatrical debut in Atlanta for the night of August 27th, so mark your calendars!!! 
A couple years ago I shared the trailer below. Check it out. Or even better, check out the film next Tuesday at Seed&Spark!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Jesus on Every Page

I am very much looking forward to reading Jesus on Every Page by David Murray. Sinclair Ferguson offers the following endorsement: "With deceptive ease Dr. David Murray brings his readers on to the Road to Emmaus for a few hours of conversation about Jesus and the Old Testament. With an enviable grace and simplicity he teaches us how to read the Old Testament as Christians."

And if you buy the book this month, Dr. Murray is offering a bundle of great resources along with it for free.

If you're still not sold, check out the video trailer below:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Glory of Christ Conference Info

October 26th, Calvary Presbyterian Church will host the 10th annual Mid-Michigan Reformation Conference. The theme of this year's conference will be The Glory of Christ and, as has become our custom, a group of gifted pastors from the region will be assembled to address us.

Brief profiles of each of the speakers are listed below along with the specific topics on which they are speaking. As I'm sure you will agree, this is shaping up to be one of our best conferences yet!

All that is required is that you register for the conference, which you can do (for FREE...including a hot lunch!) by clicking here. If you have any questions, please email them to me at Pete@CalvaryFlint.com.

Join us this October as we behold The Glory of Christ!

2013 Mid-Michigan Reformation Conference Sessions

The Glory of Christ in His Incarnation & Temptation -- Pastor David Crabb has served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lapeer since 2010. He is in the process of a transition to a new position with Training Leaders International, a ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. TLI sends teams of people around the world to train pastors who otherwise might not have access to sound theological education. David’s responsibilities will include writing curriculum for, as well as organizing and leading these teams. His educational background includes a BA in Rhetoric & Public Address from Bob Jones University and an MDiv from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. David and his wife Stephanie have two daughters.

The Glory of Christ in His Transfiguration -- Rev. Jason Helopoulos is the Assistant Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, having previously served as church planter and Pastor of Providence PCA in East Lansing. Prior to that, he had served on the staff of Park Cities Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas as a pastoral intern for one year and as an Assistant Pastor at Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lexington, North Carolina. Jason received a BA in History and Secondary Education from Eastern Illinois University and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. A regular blogger on The Gospel Coalition and Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals websites, Jason also the author of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home. He and his wife Leah have one daughter and one son.

The Glory of Christ in His Ascension & Intercession -- Rev. Chuck Jacob has been Senior Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church (EPC) for almost a decade, having previously served as an assistant pastor at 2nd Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Memphis, Tennessee. Chuck received his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and while in seminary, he spent one year in Glascow, Scotland as a pastoral intern with Rev. Eric Alexander and Dr. Sinclair Ferguson. Before attending seminary, Chuck received a BA in Economics from Stanford University and worked in Washington DC for eight years, first as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board and then as a lobbyist for Apple. Chuck and his wife Diane have two daughters and one son.

The Glory of Christ in His Inauguration & Second Coming -- Dr. Don  Galardi is pastor of Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Owosso, where he has served for over 33 years. His educational degrees include a BA in Biblical Studies from John Wesley College, an MA in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Religious Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary. Don is a grader of written ordination exams for the EPC, has served as moderator of the EPC’s Midwest Presbytery, and is the author of the book Corrective Biblical Discipline: A Study in Scripture, the Reformed Heritage, and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He currently is a board member for Gospel Through Colombia, which provides theological education for Protestant congregations throughout that country. Don and his wife Diedre have one son, one daughter and seven grandchildren.

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Word for Preachers...William Still on Preaching the Whole Word of God

"Beyond the deeper truths of the Gospel -- which, alas, so many do not teach and preach for, I fear, reasons obscure to others but known to themselves -- there is the darker blackcloth to the Good News, namely, the penal and corrective judgements of God, upon which the scintillating diamond of the Gospel shines with a thousand facets. The judgements are also the Word of God; and only he who preaches and teaches the whole Bible, dark and light, rightly dividing the Word of truth, fully proclaims the Word of God. After all, we see a rainbow only on the clouds."

William Still
The Work of the Pastor