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Archive for May 23, 2015


May 23

Claus ’15 Recap: Assembling Under the Word

2015 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Clarus 15

Nehemiah 8 gives us an artfully told story of Israel at one of her best moments: a moment at which she was assembled under the Word with expectancy, attentive listening, a response of weeping and repentance, and a deep joy in God. Ezra had a book in his hands. That’s why the people gathered. That’s why they made a platform for him to stand on. That’s why they responded as they did. As Alistair Begg recently put it, “The expectation of the people was tied not to the ability of Ezra, but to the book that he held in his hand.” So it should be for the church.

An important part of our life in the Word together as Christians is weekly preaching. Yet, for as much time as we spend listening to preaching as Christians, we could afford to think longer and harder on the subject. What exactly is preaching? What does preaching do? How should we do it and hear it?

These are the kinds of questions we considered this year at Clarus with Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, and David Helm. Our theme was, Assembled Under the Word: Preaching and the Church.

Below, you’ll find videos from each of the conference talks, including links to audio and blog summaries. Click here for photos from this year’s conference, here for songs we sang together, and here to download the song, “Your Word.” This is a new text written for and recorded live at this year’s conference.

Alistair Begg

“Assembled Under the Word” – Nehemiah 8 (videoaudio, blog recap)

“Preaching In and Out of Season,” – 2 Timothy 3:16-4:8 (videoaudio, blog recap)

D.A. Carson

“Why does Jesus Tell Stories?” – Matthew 13:10-17, 34-35 (videoaudio, blog recap)

“The Parable of the Good Samaritan” – Luke 10:25-37 (videoaudio, blog recap)

“The Rich Man and Lazarus” – Luke 16:19-31 (videoaudio, blog recap)

David Helm

“Preaching: God’s Strategy” – Acts 17:16-34 (videoaudio, blog recap)

“Preaching: God’s Speech” – Acts 17:16-34 (videoaudio, blog recap)

Panel Discussions

A Panel Discussion with Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, and David Helm (videoaudio, blog recap)

A Panel Discussion with D.A. Carson and David Helm (videoaudio, blog recap)

Wrap-up posts from previous Clarus conferences: