Monthly Archives: April 2009

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: Blogging and Books!

This last week, I had the joy and blessing of attending the Gospel Coalition’s National Conference. On Wednesday, a friend and I attended the Band of Bloggers Fellowship and had a great time! Probably the highlight for me was the robust bag of free books that met me at the door!! So, to thank the publishers that sponsored the event, I wanted to list those books and encourage you to get them if you have not already. Here’s a peek into my bag of books:


God is Doing Something…

Ray Ortlund Jr. on the Gospel Coalition:

Clearly, the Lord is at work. He is creating new conditions for the future. In the 90s, we had nothing of the magnitude of The Gospel Coalition, Together For The Gospel, Acts 29 and other obvious indicators of a new movement of God. We did have, say, Promise Keepers, which helped many. But PK was not explicitly gospel-centered, not aggressively theological. Its impact was unsustainable. But now the Lord is giving us something new, something better. Let’s be thankful to him. This doesn’t come along every day. Let’s steward the blessing well. If we bungle this, I doubt we will see it again in our time. But if we are wise, not intruding our own self-centered complications but humbly keeping Christ first, the blessing will grow. And maybe, in the mercy of God, we will see awakening in our time.


“Leading Little Ones to God” Audio Now Available

The audio from last night’s Redeemer Institute Seminar, entitled “Leading Little Ones to God,” is now available on the Redeemer Sermon page. The audio includes the following:

Session I: “Our Children and the Gospel,” by Travis Cardwell

Session II: “Conversion, Obedience and Discernment,” by Travis Cardwell

Session III: A Q&A With the Elders at Baptist Church of the Redeemer

May the Lord blow His Spirit upon our children! Enjoy!

Download or Stream Audio Here. Podcasting for all Redeemer sermons is also available.

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Dr. Tom Schreiner Preaches Jim Hamilton’s Installation Service

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Jim Hamilton has recently been called as the pastor of preaching for Kenwood Baptist Church, in Louisville KY. This past Sunday, Tom Schreiner preached an inspiring installation message! I commend it to you and agree with Dr. Schreiner that Kenwood is getting a wonderful blessing in their new pastor!

Listen here:Tom Schreiner, 1 Timothy 4:10-16

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Join Us For “Leading Little Ones to God”


Dear Friends,

I hope that you will be able to join us on Friday, April 24th for the next in our Redeemer Institute Spring series entitled, “Leading Little Ones to God.” We have geared this seminar especially toward parents who are considering how to best shepherd their children to know and Love God. So, questions about childhood conversion, baptism, communion, etc. will be addressed. We hope to do so in a manner that provides clarity and a biblical way forward so that our families might honor God and display His glory in our churches and communities.

Baptist churches between 1977 and 1997 increased the baptism of children six and under by 250 percent. With so many churches preaching an easy believism, are the massive numbers of young children being baptized placing their faith in the true Christ, or in belief itself? These and other questions will be addressed as we explore the duties that parents and church leaders have in evangelizing children, and unbiblical practices that may look good on the surface, but in the end lead many to believe they are saved when they are not, as well as welcome the unregenerate into the church, and denigrate the Gospel itself.

We hope to see you there,

Travis Cardwell
Pastor of Preaching
Baptist Church of the Redeemer


Seminar Schedule

Session I: “Our Children and the Gospel”–Travis Cardwell


Session II: “Leading Little One’s to God: Conversion, Obedience and Discernment”–Travis Cardwell


Session III: Q&A Session–The Elders at Baptist Church of the Redeemer

Seminar Time, Date and Location
Date: Friday, April 24, 2009

Time: 7:00-9:30 pm

Location: 2106 Fifth Street, Missouri City, TX 77489 (Family Life Center)

*Childcare will be available. Please indicate your need as you register online.

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The Unfashionable Christian Life

Tullian Tchividjian, the newly installed senior pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has written a book, due out on April 21st entitled, Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different (Multnomah, 2009). Here’s a preview of what to expect:

(HT: Thabiti)


The View from the Pulpit

Colin Adams gives some encouraging and not so encouraging observations we preachers see week in and week out. I thought these were worth passing along:

Discouraging sights from the pulpit:

* yawning and even sleeping
* talking through the sermon
* closed bibles
* folded arms
* phones being checked
* people walking out (rejecting the message)
* people taken ill

Encouraging sights from the pulpit:

* bibles being examined
* note taking
* leaning forward with interest
* people walking out (under conviction!)
* tears
* joy at the truth preached

(HT: Unashamed Workman)


Join us for a Passover Seder Celebration this Saturday!

Dear Friends,

As Easter Sunday approaches, our minds and hearts are turned again to consider the cross of Jesus Christ anew. We would like to invite you to join us in preparing for this wonderful celebration by participating in a Passover Haggadah. The Passover Haggadah is designed to “tell the story” of the Passover, to tell of God’s redemptive grace. The traditional Haggadah retells the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It speaks of God’s great redemption in bringing the nation of Israel out from bondage into freedom. It symbolizes God’s physical redemption of His people.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we can celebrate a deliverance on a much higher order, namely from slavery to our sin. At our celebration we will seek to especially point out how God’s redemptive grace has been shown forth most clearly in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Messiah. If you’ve never participated in a Seder meal, you are in for a treat. If you are an old pro at these, consider joining us again as we reflect on our own deliverance from sin and the reconciliation that we now enjoy with the Father, through the Son.

I hope that you will be able to join us for an evening of worship and fellowship as we remember the lamb that whose blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness.

So thankful for our Passover Lamb,

Travis Cardwell
Pastor of Preaching
Baptist Church of the Redeemer

What is a Seder?
A Seder is a celebration of the exodus of the Children of Israel from their bondage in Egypt, a Passover like what Jesus ate on the night He was betrayed.

What are the Details?
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2009
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: FBC Missouri City

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Click here to register for our Seder meal online. This registration helps us know how much food to prepare and what to expect in way of childcare.

CHILDCARE: Children are welcome to participate in the Seder! There are parts built in specifically for them to enjoy. However, we will also have childcare available for the smaller children and those who just need a break! Don’t forget to mark this on your registration.

COST: The cost will be $5 per adult and $2 per child under 12, with a $15 family maximum. You can purchase your tickets at the door.

LOCATION: FBC Missouri City, Family Life Center, 2106 Fifth Street, Missouri City, Texas (Map)

Next year in the New Jerusalem!

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