A Small Basket of Audio Picks

How about a few audio recommendations for your listening pleasure?

2012 Desiring God National Conference

This recommendation should come as no surprise.  I’m a huge fan of the conferences put on by Desiring God Ministries.  Not only am I eager to listen to what John Piper has to share, but I’ve always appreciated the diversity of speakers.  Scarcely do I recognize all the names.  And this was no exception.  New voices equal fresh insights.

The overarching theme was sanctification.  That being said, the diversity of messages proved far reaching.  Everything from the Lord’s Supper, to singleness, to future grace, to relationships was touched upon.  You can see the list of messages here.

If I were going to merely suggest one or two messages, I would heartily recommend John Piper’s two talks.  They captivated me and brought me to worship.

TGC New England Conference

I haven’t yet worked my way through all the messages, but the three or four I’ve heard thus far have proved outstanding.  D.A. Carson’s survey of the theme of the kingdom of God was brilliant.  Tim Keller’s message on the Gospel shaped life bolstered my soul, as well as challenged it.  And John Piper’s message on the Gospel shaped mind was anything but pedestrian.

These are well worth your time.  Check them out here.

The Apple Argument against Abortion

So, yeah, this isn’t an audio recommendation, but for those who like a bit of philosophy, you might enjoy this carefully crafted argument by Peter Kreeft.  The subject is abortion.  You can find it here.


  1. timbloedow November 10, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Hi Austin,

    People will think I’m ornery after my comments to Pastor York’s post yesterday and now this one. I only read Gospel Coalition articles when others recommend them. I’ve got some good reading material that way, but don’t know much about them. I’m curious about why Peter Kreeft, who I understand is a former reformed (CRC?) person turned Catholic, had his piece posted by one of their contributors. I quickly scanned some of it, and Kreef is indeed a good logician.

    Though this doesn’t pertain to his piece directly, I do want to mention something about Kreeft’s theology that very few people seem to be aware of. I see his material recommended from time to time by evangelicals I respect. But I had never heard of him before until one day maybe 20 years ago, I heard him live as a guest speaker at a Canadian national pro-life conference.

    In the course of his comments, I heard one of what I thought/think was one of the most horrific things I’d heard from a Christian. I have always been taught that Jesus’ warning about he who can throw both body and soul into hell was a ref. to God. Kreeft, that day, said Jesus was talking about Satan. In other words, he called God Satan.

    It wasn’t until the last couple of years when we had a very nice Catholic fellow boarding with us who was very knowlegable about church history and Catholic theology that I asked a Catholic about this. I wanted to know if this was conventional Catholic teaching about that passage or unique to Kreeft. He said that he had heard that teaching before, and thought it might be conventional. He did some research, though, and found that among respected Roman Catholic teachers in the history of the RC there are some who taught that Christ was referring to God and others who have taught that He was referring to the devil.

    • Austin Brown November 10, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      I appreciated Kreeft’s argument, not because he’s a Roman Catholic, but because of its merit, narrowly considered. I don’t endorse him, nor do I find him helpful as a theologian. Nevertheless, this particular article was thoughtful and, I trust, helpful. If an atheist wrote the same article, I would have found it helpful as well.

      I do appreciate your concern, as it allows me to add a strong caution about Peter Kreeft as a theologian.

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