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Monday News & Links (Dec 7)

b21 Podcast: Interview with Acts29 Network Director Scott Thomas

Recenty, Jonathan Akin and Ronnie Parrott had the opportunity to sit down with Scott Thomas, Director of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and one of the pastors at Mars Hill Church.


Australia’s first Acts 29 boot camp: An Aussie review

Ben Pfahlert writes: "I'm sitting on a plane at Brisbane airport. I've just spent two days at the first Australian Acts 29 Church Planters boot camp. I went because I was tired of hearing about Acts 29 (and Mars Hill Church and Mars Hill Global) second-hand. I wanted to meet the people leading the movement face-to-face and hear ‘from the horse's mouth’. Let me share with you what I thought, and let me tell you about the who, what, when, where and how of the conference."


Why Plant Churches? The Church in the Great Commission

Dave Harvey writes: "The Great Commission is given to the disciples, not just as apostles who walked with Jesus, but as representatives of the church (Matthew 28:16–20). Sure, the apostles received it (v. 16), but the church has to finish it."


Counsel to a Young Church Planter on Marriage

D.A. Carson writes: "The following post was first an email to a young church planter seeking counsel. He is planting a church in a rough area. Not a few of those who are getting converted have been living together, sometimes with children, sometimes for years, without getting married. His question, then, is what should be said to these couples where one of the pair gets converted, and the other, so far, does not. Should the advice be to get married? Or is that encouraging people to be unequally yoked?"


How Whitefield walked through controversy

Ray Ortland, lead Pastor of Immanuel Church, gives us an excerpt from Arnold Dallimore's biography of George Whitefield on how Whitefield dealt with the controversy between himself and John Wesley. 


D.A. Carson on Spiritual Gifts

The Gospel Coalition has just released a new audio resource. Here are six sermons from D.A. Carson on spiritual gifts. The first five were the basis of Carson's book Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14


Interview with Bob Thune (Part One) : 5 Essentials for a Calling to Church Planting

At the recent Acts 29 AMBITION Boot Camp in Louisville, KY, Dustin Neeley, Lead Pastor of Crossing Church, had the opportunity to chat with Bob Thune, Pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NE.